Van Wilder

Van Wilder

Walt Becker (2002)

15 Certificate
Sunday 11:05pm - 1am 5STAR


Our Score
The National Lampoon franchise continued its nosedive into mediocrity with this lacklustre teen comedy. A spiritless melting pot of fratboy high jinks and syrupy sentimentality, director Walt Becker's first film doesn't seem to know whether it's a cheeky romance or a moralistic farce. Feebly mimicking American Pie and its ilk (even casting Tara Reid as love interest Gwen), this tale of world-shy student Van Wilder, who will do anything to maintain his indefinite college stay, is just too bland to leave more than a fleeting impression. US TV star Ryan Reynolds lacks the personality and colour to play Wilder, while the humour is so weak that almost every gag falls flat. Even the attempts at "fashionable" gross-out tactics are distinctly third-rate, with the usual scatological and sexual themes hardly raising an eyebrow. This is a pitiful failure.


An eternal student's father tires of handing out cash to him and cuts off his allowance - forcing his son to put his wild lifestyle on hold and come up with a cunning strategy to support himself by becoming a professional party thrower. Comedy, starring Ryan Reynolds, Tara Reid, Tim Matheson and Kal Penn.

Cast & Crew

Van Wilder Ryan Reynolds
Gwen Pearson Tara Reid
Vance Wilder Snr Tim Matheson
Taj Mahal Badalandabad Kal Penn
Hutch Teck Holmes
Richard Bagg Daniel Cosgrove
Mini Cochran Deon Richmond
Gordon Alex Burns
Director Walt Becker
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Momentum PicturesGuidance: Contains swearing, sex scenes and drug abuse.Available on: video and DVD