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Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj (Van Wilder 2) (2006)



Average Rating: 2.9/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 19

A low-brow comedy, minus the comedy.



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The protégé of the most skilled mischief maker in college history sets his sights on England's prestigious Camden University to offer an informative course in advanced-level shenanigans in this sequel to the 2002 Ryan Reynolds hit that finds that film's co-star Kal Penn crossing the pond to realize his true party potential. Van Wilder's former assistant has learned the ways of the master, and now he's prepared to share his newfound knowledge with the stuffy students of the school known more for



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Mar 27, 2007


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This is shocking only for its tepidness; except for some raunchy language, it's ready-made for basic cable.

July 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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National Lampoon recycles countless collegiate comedies for this spin-off sequel.

February 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Penn is capable of so much more.

February 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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Granted, it's still ****, but with a sweeter odor than usual.

December 8, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Everything old is old again in this rickety extension of 2002's already rickety Van Wilder.

December 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Taj plays like a very bad combination of Revenge of the Nerds and Harry Potter.

December 4, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Lame, horrid sequel is even worse than the first.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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Screw Tara Reid! Who needs her in this movie. We've got a cockney girl with huge knockers.

April 13, 2007 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

prefers to dwell in deep direct-to-DVD juvenility.

March 27, 2007 Full Review Source:

Penn sports little of the squirrelly charm evidenced by the original Van Wilder star, Ryan Reynolds.

February 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

From haphazard editing to clueless cinematography to godawful acting to gaping plot holes to zero laughs to low production values, this sorry sequel has all the earmarks of your classic 'take the money and run' ripoff.

December 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Upstage Magazine
Upstage Magazine

...original star Ryan Reynolds wisely took a pass on coming back for more...

December 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

There was a hedonistic amorality and joyous celebration of privilege in the first Van Wilder that's missing from its sequel. That's fine with me. I hated that movie.

December 4, 2006 Full Review


December 4, 2006
Boxoffice Magazine

Some movies are Hollywood's version of littering: Like half-eaten pizzas or rancid burgers, these flicks are tossed aside to rot in empty cinemas.

December 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
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Before a schmaltzy, earnest ending, Taj manages to score with exactly one decent joke. It's about British colonialism, it's in the trailer and you can see it on the Internet for free.

December 4, 2006 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj (Van Wilder 2)

Pretty funny.
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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Im sorry i just... i JUST dont have the energy for this one.
December 7, 2010

Super Reviewer

Wow! This movie is so bad, that if I had the chance to I would go back and wish I had never even seen it at all. Van Wilder 2, not having seen the first, is a complete disgrace, with absolutely no heart or any actual comedy to laugh at!
August 27, 2010
KJ Proulx

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    1. Taj Mahal Badalandabad: Penn is gud...needs nice scripts to show his talent..
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