National Lampoon's Van Wilder (2002)

National Lampoon's Van Wilder (2002)

National Lampoon's Van Wilder



Critic Consensus: A derivative gross-out comedy that's short on laughs.

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The "National Lampoon" franchise is resurrected for another politically incorrect collegiate romp with this R-rated gross-out sex comedy. National Lampoon's Van Wilder revolves around the exploits of its title character (Ryan Reynolds), a seventh-year senior who's made it his goal in life to help each and every Coolidge College undergrad succeed in life -- or at least in bed. Van's charmed life seems to have an expiration date, however; his father (Tim Matheson) has cut off his presumably vast … More

Rating: R (for strong sexual content, gross humor, language and some drug content)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Brent Goldberg, David Wagner
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 20, 2002
Box Office: $21.0M
Artisan Entertainment - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for National Lampoon's Van Wilder

All Critics (96) | Top Critics (27)

Strangely likable and only about half as puerile as the average MTV reality series.

Full Review… | August 8, 2008
Top Critic

There's one saving grace: Reynolds may look a lot like NL's Chevy Chase, but, hey, he's actually quite likeable.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

An uneven mix of National Lampoon-style high jinks (yes, it feels slightly dated) and Farrelly-brothers touches tossed in for gross measure.

August 9, 2002
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

An unabashedly bad movie full of cliches, claptrap, fairly good rock 'n' roll and stomach-turning gross-out gags.

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The grossest, most disgusting humor imaginable.

Full Review… | December 26, 2010
Common Sense Media

Rude, crude, obnoxious, disgusting, and unfunny...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
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Audience Reviews for National Lampoon's Van Wilder


Ryan Reynolds carries this movie no doubt about it.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


Van Wilder is a decent little teen comedy with a fairly decent cast. Some of the plot has been recycled from better films, but it is mildly entertaining, but in the long run is a very forgettable film that is not worth rewatching or demands multiple viewing. National Lampoon's films by the early 2000's were becoming mediocre to decent, but Van Wilder isn't a bad film, it just isn't a good film either. I thought it had its moments, but never goes above what it should have been. If you're going into this film expecting another Animal House, you'll sadly be mistaken. The film boasts some laughs here and there, and Ryan Reynolds, who I find to be not too bad in terms of acting, makes the film quite enjoyable. There was plenty of room for improvement and considering that National Lampoon has some terrific comedies under their belt, the material could definitely be better. I think that Van Wilder leaves a lot to be desired and it could have been rewritten a few times in order to really make it a stand out feature. Walt Becker's direction is pretty good considering the so-so material. Expect to be mildly entertained by this one; however don't expect anything memorable as this one just doesn't hold like others like Animal House and Porky's. But it does provide decent comedic material even if it's not that good of a movie. Van Wilder is worth seeing once for what it's worth. The film does leave a lot to be desired and you are left wanting more out of the movie.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

An unabashed attempt to resurrect the Animal House franchise ... w/o the huevos rancheros to do so. Meh.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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