National Lampoon's Van Wilder
National Lampoon's Van Wilder (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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: April 5, 2002
DVD Release Date: August 20, 2002
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Critic Score: 19% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A derivative gross-out comedy that's short on laughs.

Scott Foundas

Strangely likable and only about half as puerile as the average MTV reality series.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

An unabashedly bad movie full of cliches, claptrap, fairly good rock 'n' roll and stomach-turning gross-out gags.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

The grossest, most disgusting humor imaginable.

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Time Out

There's one saving grace: Reynolds may look a lot like NL's Chevy Chase, but, hey, he's actually quite likeable.

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John Patterson
L.A. Weekly

An effervescent campus gross-out comedy that's true to the amoral, anarchic spirit of Lampoon founder-editor and screenwriter Doug Kenney.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Rude, crude, obnoxious, disgusting, and unfunny...

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

An uneven mix of National Lampoon-style high jinks (yes, it feels slightly dated) and Farrelly-brothers touches tossed in for gross measure.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

... 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 ...

Scott Weinberg

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Ryan Reynolds carries this movie no doubt about it.
Lenny Muggsy
Flixter deletion? Not quite a classic, but Ryan Reynolds is in this role. Great plot and a lot of funny moments.
Alex roy
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… More
Candy Rose
Ryan is popular in college and has the time of his life, but has he been kept back from graduating because he is afraid of the real world?
Kevin M. Williams
An unabashed attempt to resurrect the Animal House franchise ... w/o the huevos rancheros to do so. Meh.
Ken Stachnik
I really like Reynolds, sue me.