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National Lampoon's Van Wilder (Unrated Two-Disc Edition) (2002)

Ryan Reynolds , Tara Reid , Walt Becker  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ryan Reynolds, Tara Reid, Tim Matheson, Kal Penn, Teck Holmes
  • Directors: Walt Becker
  • Writers: Brent Goldberg, David Wagner
  • Producers: Andrew Panay, Ari Newman, Jeff Franks, Jonathon Komack Martin, Kirk D'Amico
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: August 20, 2002
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000069CF0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,262 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "National Lampoon's Van Wilder (Unrated Two-Disc Edition)" on IMDb

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Ryan Reynolds, Tara Reid. Rowdy campus comedy about a school newspaper reporter who investigates the big man on campus," a party animal who's been rocking for seven years with no plans to graduate. 2002/color/93 min/NR.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
National Lampoon brought the raunchy and raucous college world to the mainstream kids back in the 1970's with Animal House, which would go on to virtually springboard the careers of several of its stars, including John Belushi and Tim Matheson.

But for those of us who may have been born after the original release of AH and raised on films like the American Pie trilogy get a new version of Animal House for the new generation with Van Wilder.

Van (Ryan Reynolds) is the virtual definition of a slacker in the college world, having spent seven years attending Coolidge College. He is pretty much the life of the party and he revels in it greatly. It's only until his dad (Matheson) finds out that Van is still in school and places a halt to Van's tuition payment that he realizes that it's time to get his head in the game and find a way to graduate and pay tuition.

A story printed by the school's star reporter Gwen (Tara Reid) causes Van to become a party planner and raise the money for his tuition, along with the help of his closest friend (Teck Holmes of "Real World" fame) and his personal assistant (Kal Penn). When a relationship develops between Van and Gwen, Gwen's pretentious boyfriend Richard tries to put a wedge between them. When Van learns of this, he gets a little revenge in one of the most ingenious and disgusting ways ever devised (trust me, this has the humping a pie thing beaten hands down, no pun intended...)

Van Wilder is pretty hilarious in spots and somewhat disgusting in others, particularly the classic payback Van pulls on Richard and later on when Gwen also gets a little revenge on Richard when she learns a little something that Richard did behind Gwen's back.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally fun college flick! February 23, 2003
By A Customer
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Comedies are my favorite films, and I love this movie, one of the best I've seen in a long time. I've seen several teen-flick comedies, but this one takes the cake, even over "Road Trip" which I thought was a hoot. Perfect timing on all the quips and humor, and this comedy is just plain college fun. Yeah, there's a small message in there about growing up and realizing your potential, but it's woven in pretty well without the sappiness. Small scenes in this movie make me laugh just thinking about them. One of those scenes is when Van is in remorse over his loss of Gwen. A freshman girl walks in asking how he's doing, and he bursts into "I'm all out of love...I'm so lost without you..." and strums a very poor chord on his guitar. It was great and totally unexpected. I love that scene!
The writers out did themselves on the script. This is a smart comedy that cleverly weaves the characters and story together. I've seen other comedies that were complete paradies of other movies with no plot but scene after scene of horrible gags and imitations of other movies. Apparently there is a market out there in copy-cat world that is alive and kicking. Since the movie is set in the tradition of National Lampoon, Ryan Reynolds combines some character traits of Chevy Chase, Jim Carrey and Bill Murray to complete his Van Wilder persona, but he still maintains that lovable charm. He is treated as a celebrity in his school, but eveyone loves him because he sincerely cares for them and knows how to have a "pimpin' good time" doing it. This is not a typical "teen underdog becomes popular and gets revenge on his school bullies" story. If you dig deep the real conflict of the story is with Van Wilder himself and his reluctance to graduate and move on into the real world.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest movie of our generation. September 1, 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
All right, maybe not, but a top-notch movie nonetheless. I watch this movie with my fraternity brothers on a daily basis. Any male between the ages of 16 and 24 must own this movie.
The interview with Taj is the funniest scene in any movie in decades.
Write that down.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comedy, Poetry, Hot Chick October 9, 2002
By DebW
Format:DVD
I'll begin with a confession: I was reluctant to watch this film. It was snobbish on my part. A recent interview with Tara Reid in MAXIM portrayed the actress as a shallow ditz, and I doubted that the voluntary suspension of disbelief would succeed in allowing me to see her as serious college student Gwen Pearson. This was the crux of my objection to NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VAN WILDER. My husband cleverly defeated my opposition with the "Yes, but she's a really hot chick" argument, and we bought the DVD. To my surprise, Reid pulls off the act, dropping words like "pander" and phrases like "benevolent agenda" as if they had belonged in her personal vocabulary bank all along.
The writing goes far beyond clever. It's down right poetic, with lines dance on the ear like a butterfly on a buttercup. Take, for example, "That's no bong! That's for my shlong!" Watch out Shakespeare.
Best of all, the movie answers the age-old question: What was Ferris Bueller like in college? Van Wilder (Ryan Reynonds) fits the mold rather closely. He's a philanthropist who knows how to have a good time. He's funny, good looking, and popular with just about everyone. Brilliant ideas like topless tutors and the naked mile run are a-dime-a-dozen with this guy. Most importantly, he gets away with everything. I'm glad I didn't get away with turning my nose up at this delightfully amusing film. So even if you're skeptical, give it a try, and don't neglect to consider that Tara Reid's a really hot chick.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 3 days ago by Brian Schilling
3.0 out of 5 stars The amount of rehashed jokes from Animal House is pathetic.
While Ryan Reynolds is well cast in this role, the script just isn't the clever parody that I would expect from a National Lampoon film. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Mark A. Moynier
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by heather t.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very funny movie!
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie to watch but not to stream from amazon
Movie was good but it was tough to watch from aMazon. I never have a problem streaming movies with other sites except for Amazon. Amazon is always pixelated and hard to watch. Read more
Published 3 months ago by David Padilla
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch this movie!
Amazing movie. Has many great actors and actresses, some of which didnt become famous till later on. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Trevor Moultine
5.0 out of 5 stars They mean UNrated!
This is a great, funny movie. There is a lot that was not suitable for television (more like an R rating). Love Ryan Reynolds
Published 6 months ago by Fezzik2
5.0 out of 5 stars Raddest movie alive!
It has something for the guys, the girls and everything in between. A bit raunchy in spots, a little corny at times, but the overall story line is great. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Edward
5.0 out of 5 stars Husband loved it!
I got this for my husband and he loves it. It's filled with all the sick humor he loves, so it was a perfect gift.
Published 7 months ago by C. Frank
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie for my collection
This is one of the Funniest Movies I have ever seen. I was able to watch this movie in the theatre weeks before it was released to the public and even have an autographed copy of... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Bill Riippi
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