Van Wilder (2002) [English (MPEG Layer III, 129 kBit/s, 48 kHz, Stereo)]
Genre: Comedy
Length: 1h 32m 0s
Director: Walt Becker
Tagline: The Tradition Continues
Plot outline: Van Wilder is a guy who has been at his college for seven years. He spends most of his time throwing parties and "fund raisers". When his father decides that it's time for tough love, he doesn't pay his tuition. So Van becomes a professional party thrower. At the same time, Gwen who writes for the college paper, is tasked with doing a story on him, but Van is too busy partying to do that. So she writes it using info from people who talk about him and writes an unflattering piece, which doesn't make him happy. He then dares her to see if she can get the true story but is more interested in trying to score with her, which is not easy because she has a boyfriend, who is a snob, and who is not too happy with the amount time she is spending with him. So he tries to get rid of him. Summary written by {rcs0411@yahoo.com}
Comment: "National Lampoon's Van Wilder" suffers from the same problem many gross-out comedies of recent years have been suffering from: it has no charm and many of the gags are just plain mean. There have been so many gross-out flicks recently that we've grown tired--well, at least I have--of fart jokes, sex jokes and other jokes involving bodily fluids. But if you're gonna do a gross-out comedy, do it right. In the "American Pie" movies, many of the gags worked because as crude as they were, they weren't mean-spirited. And the characters were likable and the film had its charm. When Stiffler gets peed on in "AP 2," nobody's intentionally peeing on him. He gets peed on because a party-goer got really drunk, someone was taking too long in the bathroom and he had to pee really bad. So he went out on the porch to relieve himself, not knowing that Stiffler was down below. And viola! You got yourself a hysterical gag! In this film, there's an excruciatingly tasteless gag involving Van Wilder and the guys injected their dog's semen into some pastries and sending them to a fraternity, where the leader is the scuzzbag boyfriend of the girl he likes. Now, I can't imagine a scene involving masturbating a dog and injecting his you-know-what into pastries being transformed into something hilarious, but the director makes it worse by showing us close-ups of the guys scarfing down those pastries with the dog's juices dripping out and into their mouths. This is both mean-spirited AND disgusting. Therefore, not funny. I know what you're thinking: This guy's a creep, why would making him eat those pastries be mean? The point is in comedy things are always funnier when they happen to characters by chance or coincidence, and not by someone's vindictive motives. Another great example (as long as we're on the subject of semen) is the famous gag in "There's Something About Mary" involving the "hair gel." Cameron Diaz didn't know she was slapping man juices onto her hair. She's just a victim of chance. And that's why that gag is going down in history, while people are watching the dog semen gag and walking out the theater. Ryan Reynolds was fairly good on the short-lived sitcom, "Two Guys, A Girl and a Pizza Place." Some actors are cut out well for TV, but make a terrible transition to film. A good number of actors make a smooth transition: Bruce Willis, George Clooney, John Travolta. Reynolds is obviously not a star in making, when it comes to Hollywood, and he should really stick to TV. His timing is pretty good, but his delivery sucks. Throughout the film, he maintains the same dull sarcastic expression. I liked him in his small role in the underrated indie film, "The Alarmist," but he does not have the charisma to pull off a leading role. He should either stick to small roles or the small screen. A better actor could've added more charm and sweetness to the Van Wilder character. Though most of the dialogue he says his lame, the way the Van Wilder character is written ain't too shabby. What I did appreciate was the fact that he didn't cater to a certain clique. Most of the time, when you have a character in a high school or college movie who is Mr. Popular, he doesn't want to have anything to do with the "geeks" and "outcasts." And if he does, it doesn't occur until the schmaltzy third act. When the geek squad shows up to Van's dorm, asking to throw a party, he doesn't throw them out and say, "F**k off, nerd boy." Instead, he throws them a great party and hooks them up with some fly honeys. That's why I said, with a better actor, Van could've been ever more likable. The movie scrapes the line between marginally bad and OK. It's not totally without laughs. The foreign exchange student has some hilarious moments. His opening scene where he screams out a boatload of vulgar sexual metaphors ("I wanna take her to the car wash!") is about the only scene that had me cracking up. Other than that, I guess I didn't receive any "laughs," but I got a few chuckles here and there. And there's some really hot, half-naked chicks. And some really hot, fully naked chicks. So how could a heterosexual man complain about that? ***********SOME MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD************ The plot is useless--it's the same by-the-numbers crap you've seen in every teen movie. Tara Reid's a really hot chick. She's going out a really big a**hole. She meets Van Wilder. Doesn't like him at first, yet we immediately sense the sexual tension. She starts to have feelings for Van Wilder. Originality, where are you? There's even the ultra-lame montage where we dissolve from Ryan to Tara's face, both of them staring into space, while the melancholy soundtrack fills the scene. And then...we have the even lamer scene where Tara runs up to Ryan's dorm and catches him with another woman! First of all, it's on the Top 10 List of Most Cliched Moments Captured in Movies. Second of all, you don't feel bad for Tara, because she was about to marry the a**hole from the fraternity. He thought she was gonna get married, so why shouldn't he screw around? Though it's become a tiresome trend in teen movies recently, it was fun seeing grown-up stars of past teen movies popping up in cameos. It was cool seeing Tim Matheson--former star of "Animal House" where he played the head of a rowdy fraternity is now playing an uptight Dad. It's been done before (in fact, he himself has played it before in "She's All That"), but it's a good inside joke. And remember Tom Cruise's buddy in "Risky Business"? That's right, Curtis Armstrong pops up in another interesting cameo. With sharper writing, the crudeness could've been a lot funnier and the movie itself could've revived the "National Lampoons" title. But altogether, this is just another throwaway comedy. Not the worst comedy ever, and certainly not as bad as it appears in the trailers, but altogether lame. Until filmmakers observe the line between disgusting and funny, they should just stop making gross-out comedies period. A dog with over-sized testicles--disgusting, not funny. My score: 5 (out of 10)
IMDB Rating: 5.9
Country: USA
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Actors:
Ryan ReynoldsasVan Wilder
Tara ReidasGwen Pearson
Tim MathesonasVance Wilder Sr.
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