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National Lampoon's Van Wilder

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

The grossest, most disgusting humor imaginable.

Movie R 2002 93 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 18+

An Inspirational Life Lesson Hidden by Collegian Antics

Let's get this out of the way. Vance "Van" Wilder Jr's journey is messy. He's a slacker who uses his fathers money to live at college, avoiding life and partying. That being said, Van does have some admirable qualities. He's inspirational, kind, and insightful. He longs to repay Coolidge College for the years of partying it has given him, and he does this by raising funds for the swim team and encouraging the basketball team to victory. While at the start of the movie he has no interest in graduating, he slowly learns through journalist Gwen that he is hiding. This in turn inspires him to start attending classes more frequently. This movie is his journey towards life. Yes, there is a rivalry between Van and Student Body President Richard Baggs, but while for Van it's mostly harmless college pranks, Richard is out for blood. Van's emotional journey during the spring semester of college is an inspirational roller coaster that, while raunchy, is heartfelt and warmhearted. Connect with your inner collegian, Become inspired, Don't take life too seriously, you'll never get out alive.

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age 16+

story of a college hero - must see for anyone about to attend or attending college

Dont listen to the other prudes on this comment string, this movie was amazing. I'll admit its definitely not for ages 16 and under, but the jokes are hilarious. This movie tells the story of a man who spent 7 years in college and was adored by his peers, its truly a classic for college movies.

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Is It Any Good?

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It would take more time to list all of the things that were awful about this odious movie that it would be to watch it again. Around the slight plot are many gross attempts at humor involving bodily functions and excretions, both human and animal. They include a prank involving ingestion of dog semen inside éclair filling, getting children drunk (and having them barf), and feeding an extremely powerful laxative to someone just before an exam with no bathroom breaks. It is also supposed to be funny that Van is forced to have sex with an elderly woman who wears a wig. Are you laughing yet?

There is a half-hearted attempt to portray Van as all right at heart because he fundraises and befriends outcasts. There are cameos by classic teen comedies like Animal House, Revenge of the Nerds, and others, but all this does is remind us of how much better those movies were. The script is unforgivably sloppy, with dialogue that sounds like people who don't know very much English made it up on the spot.

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