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

July 28, 2009
This is shocking only for its tepidness; except for some raunchy language, it's ready-made for basic cable.
February 3, 2007
National Lampoon recycles countless collegiate comedies for this spin-off sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
February 3, 2007
Penn is capable of so much more.
December 8, 2006
Granted, it's still ****, but with a sweeter odor than usual.
Read More | Original Score: C-
December 6, 2006
Everything old is old again in this rickety extension of 2002's already rickety Van Wilder.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 4, 2006
Taj plays like a very bad combination of Revenge of the Nerds and Harry Potter.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
December 4, 2006
Britain and India face off in National Lampoon's Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj, a strained attempt to transplant the American campus comedy to more uptight shores.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 4, 2006
Van Wilder 2's sense of numbing familiarity is not enhanced by director Mort Nathan's apparent unfamiliarity with the entire filmmaking process.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
December 4, 2006
Dude, where are my laughs?
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 4, 2006
It's hard to fathom why this didn't go straight to video, or maybe even YouTube.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
December 4, 2006
Crikey, it's enough to give even stupid comedy a bad name.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
December 4, 2006
The four-years-in-the-making, badly recycled (not to mention awful) sequel might stain the honor of the Lampoon label if it hadn't already produced several even worse films.
December 4, 2006
The Rise of Taj is relatively pointless in the scheme of things, but refreshing in what it (mostly) doesn't resort to for laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 1, 2006
Penn, who also takes an executive producer credit here, wanders around halfheartedly attempting to make something amusing out of the limp shock-comedy antics, but it all just goes in one innuendo and out the other.
December 1, 2006
As the movie itself is only occasionally entertaining, I invented my own competition: picking scenes from other movies that the Van Wilder 2 screenwriters ripped off because they didn't have any of their own ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
December 1, 2006
As the nerd sidekick to campus wildman Ryan Reynolds in the original film, Penn projected a geeky charm, but he's not equipped to play the lead in a well-constructed movie, let alone salvage this stunningly mediocre chain of skits.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
December 1, 2006
The Rise of Taj never rises to the level of time-killer.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
December 1, 2006
In this sequel to the 2002 campus comedy, Kal Penn spends much of the running time acting like Wilder I star Ryan Reynolds, which no actor with half a brain should be doing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
December 1, 2006
This is the sort of film that thinks calling a beer a 'libation' is a form of wit.
November 30, 2006
The film's incompetence is not limited to the writing, acting and directing. There are jarring jump cuts and continuity errors, and a laugh-out-loud eyeline mishap during a supposedly intimate conversation. One keeps expecting a boom mike to peek out.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5