National Lampoon's Van Wilder (Party Liaison) (2002)
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 allowance. Financial insecurity doesn't phase the big man on campus, and he soon starts up a lucrative cottage industry as a planner of high-priced campus blowouts. When an enterprising reporter from the college paper gets wind of Van's liberal interpretation of the school's code of conduct, it seems his gig is up -- unless, of course, he can charm the hard-edged Gwen (Tara Reid) into accepting his uniquely skewed world view. In addition to Matheson, Van Wilder features cameos from a number of '80s teen movie stalwarts, including Edie McClurg, Paul Gleason, and Erik Estrada. … More
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Critic Reviews for National Lampoon's Van Wilder (Party Liaison)
An uneven mix of National Lampoon-style high jinks (yes, it feels slightly dated) and Farrelly-brothers touches tossed in for gross measure.
An unabashedly bad movie full of cliches, claptrap, fairly good rock 'n' roll and stomach-turning gross-out gags.
An effervescent campus gross-out comedy that's true to the amoral, anarchic spirit of Lampoon founder-editor and screenwriter Doug Kenney.
... Tara Reid plays a college journalist, but she looks like the six-time winner of the Miss Hawaiian Tropic Pageant, so I don't know what she's doing in here ...
I know it's harder to write good jokes than it is rotten ones, but based on what's displayed here, it doesn't seem like the effort was even made.
Compare it to the recent Cameron Diaz-starring disaster The Sweetest Thing and you'll reckon it deserves an Oscar.
...Mainly a collection of dumb sight gags, gross-out jokes, and comic sex, with a dull-as-dishwater premise and a spotty cast list.
While Van Wilder may not be the worst National Lampoon film, it's far from being this generation's Animal House.
Writers Brent Goldberg and David Wagner apparently saw no reason to bother with anything so sophisticated as, say, story or characters.
The film is all over the place, really. It dabbles all around, never gaining much momentum.
Enthusiastically taking up the current teen movie concern with bodily functions, Walt Becker's film pushes all the demographically appropriate comic buttons.
Its gross-out gags and colorful set pieces... are of course stultifyingly contrived and too stylized by half. Still, it gets the job done -- a sleepy afternoon rental.
What more can be expected from a college comedy that's target audience hasn't graduated from junior high school?
You'll likely hate yourself for laughing, but laugh you will.
Uncouth, unfunny and sloppily edited, National Lampoon's Van Wilder is a mediocre college sex comedy ...
Audience Reviews for National Lampoon's Van Wilder (Party Liaison)
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.More
An unabashed attempt to resurrect the Animal House franchise ... w/o the huevos rancheros to do so. Meh.More
A sure sign that a film is bad is when suddenly it becomes a 'National Lampoon's' film. This film is truly awful though. For some reason I thought it was a Rob Schneider film. I'm not a huge Rob Schneider fan but compared to this garbage his films are Oscar worthy. My least favourite genres - The American college/fraternity comedy. Pure crap.More
National Lampoon's Van Wilder (Party Liaison) Quotes
- Richard Bagg:
- Damn it, Gwen, pick it up. I know you're there. You know I have my Northwestern interview next week. Look, I need you to help me 'release'... some pressure. You know, help me 'relax.' Just so we're clear, I'm talking about intercourse. I know you had a fling with Wilder. And it's okay. You just had to get it out of your system. I just hope you used some protection. And I wouldn't want our future children to be tainted because Mommy went slumming one night back in college.
- Gwen Pearson:
- Why don't you go 'release' your own pressure? And just so we're clear, I'm telling you to go fuck yourself!
- Van Wilder:
- you shouldn't take life too seriously. you'll never make it out alive
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