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National Lampoon's Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj (Unrated Edition)

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Ruder, cruder, and even wilder than its predecessor, National Lampoon's Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj is a balls-out campus comedy filled with nonstop laughs and sexy student bodies!

Having learned the ways of women from his legendary mentor, Taj Badalandabad (Kal Penn) sets out to study abroad (or two) at England's prestigious Camford University. But he and his bottom-heavy bulldog, Balzac, are quickly rebuffed by the elitist members of Camford's top fraternity. So with the help of a few new friends?and a bold new attitude?Taj plans to teach the school snobs a lesson they'll never forget!

The National Lampoon brand has always had very little to do with the movies it has graced. Even the not-so-bad Chevy Chase Vacation entries didn't really need the imprimatur of the famous satire magazine that had its heyday about 30 years ago: They pretty much became a brand in and of themselves. The same goes for the Van Wilder movies, which we probably haven't seen the last of. Even though Ryan Reynolds, who originated the title character in 2002 doesn't appear, his lowbrow, good-natured goofball spirit remains. The star this time is the eminently likeable Kal Penn, who made a big splash in 2004's Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and was Van Wilder's dorky sidekick Taj Mahal Badalandabad in the first movie. Here he displays more of his mentor's glib confidence, maturing into a sex-crazed, fun-loving grad student roaming the hallowed halls of England's (fake) Camford University. The comic situations he encounters there are simply a pretext for the typical sex, flatulence, beer-drinking, and class-division jokes you'd expect. Most of them come off well, thanks to Penn's comic aplomb, rubbery versatility and the rivalry he induces between the geeky misfit gang he ends up leading, and the snooty, upper-class Fox and Hound fraternity that clearly has to be given its lowbrow do. The battle for the pretty girl (Lauren Cohan, in truly good sport mode) who happens to be the property of super-twit Pipp Everett, the Earl of Grey, ends in predictable fashion, as does the rise of Taj's minions as bearers of the torch for the next Van Wilder, whether Van Wilder appears in it or not. --Ted Fry

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Special Features

  • Deleted scenes
  • Gag reel
  • "The Rise of Taj" featurette
  • "On Set in Romania: Kal Penn Tours The Barn" featurette
  • Music videos

Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Widescreen, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 3.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: March 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301964160
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,991 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "National Lampoon's Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj (Unrated Edition)" on IMDb

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Van Wilder- The Rise of Taj
If you watched to first Van Wilder then you know that Taj was Van Wilder's assistant. Van was one of the coolest people on campus and taught Taj everything he knew. This time Taj tackles his own journey in the United Kingdom. Upon arriving in the United Kingdom he looks to join one of the most prestigious fraternity. He is told that there was a "typographical error" and is told to go to The Barn. The Barn is where all the rejects are. Taj sees potential in these freaks and wants to makes something out of them. He tells them that they can even win the Hastings Cup if they try hard enough. The Hastings Cup is a challenge for all fraternities on campus to compete in. It is a series of academic, athletic, and recreational challenges. Taj and the barn make their own fraternity and join in the games.

The first Van Wilder was much better. Taj was just too uninteresting to make an entire movie about. I'm not saying that this movie doesn't have its funny parts, but for the most part it's just an average movie.

The actors in the movie don't really do a good job of making themselves interesting. The movie itself really lacks any emotion to it. In the original Van Wilder there was a deep moral behind the story. This movie is just an average comedy not worth watch again.

You get music videos, gag reels, deleted scenes, and making of stuff that is all fairly interesting to watch. It's not enough to save this movie from being completely average though. If you really want to check out this movie, I would suggest renting it.
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National Lampoon, or more specifically post-1990 National Lampoon, is usually synonymous with 'crap'. Therefore, any post-1990 movie associated with the name is treated with the lowest of expectations. Somehow I guess my low expectations were exceeded, or maybe the planets were aligned or I went crazy, because "Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj" wasn't that horrible. A post-1990 National Lampoon movie...not that bad? Bizarre. To be fair, the first "Van Wilder" wasn't bad either, but since this is the "Short Circuit 2" of sequels (considering both movies had the main lead being replaced with Indian sidekicks), it could've gone downhill at the first minute. But it does have a few pluses.

Kal Penn as Taj Badagaddadavida is a pretty likable character. He may not have the screen presence and confidence as Ryan Reynolds (at all), but unlike characters from certain Lampoon movies, he mostly cared about a ragtags group of losers instead of his groin. The film does have are pretty competent characters as well, except for the outrageously racist and villainous upperclassman. Plot-wise, it's like "Animal House" in Europe, where Taj was transferred to a prestigious British university, but then the rich upperclassjerks made him bunk on the House of scalawags and it's up to him to make the House cool and have his team rise up from the higher-ups in the form of a competition rally. The losers consists of Harry Potter, a hooker, an Irish Stereotype, and a gamer who does and says nothing, and though cliche as they are, I got nothing against them.
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I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first one but it was okay. Some of the acting was annoying but I think thats more of how the character is supposed to be.
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The only thing rising with THE RISE OF TAJ is the number of people who are unwilling to pay money to see movies at the theatre, or buy DVDs.

I wasted $3.75 renting the thing.

VAN WILDER 2: THE RISE OF TAJ is a movie that has every silly cliche that every college movie has ever used. The nerds. The frat. The competition. The frat guys girl. The nerd with the super wanger. I have never in my life rolled my eyes at a film so much. The lines are corny, poorly written, predictable and poorly executed. I didn't laugh once in the whole film.

Kal Penn, who plays Taj Mahal Badalandabad has actually been pretty funny in some other movies, but in this, his comedic execution is destroyed by either a poor director or a poor script. Not to mention, for an indian guy, his indian accent is terrible. It comes and goes and in some scenes it's heavier than others.

The only redeeming quality to the entire movie is a collection of attractive women, including Lauren Cohan, who hopefully can bounce back and have a career.

The real shame is HOW THIS MOVIE EVEN GOT THE GREENLIGHT IN THE FIRST PLACE!! I've seen dozens of comedies written by unknown writers who are getting walked over and forgotten because they don't have the connections, and dozens of movies like this get made every year. It's disheartening.

Ultimately, Hollywood is killing themselves by making 50 comedies like this a year, and actually only one or two are any good. Makes you not want to even bother paying to see movies anymore. They just use recycled plots and recycled scenarios and put them to lousy scripts and then stick an UNRATED on the box, hoping all the teeny-boppers will salivate. Don't. This movies junk.
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