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National Lampoon's Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj

By Jane Boursaw, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Lame, horrid sequel is even worse than the first.

Movie R 2006 95 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

It's Van Wilder, just without Van Wilder

Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj is relatively the same as the first Van Wilder, just this time, Van Wilder has been replaced by his assistant, Taj. Simply put, if you really liked the first Van Wilder, then this is worth a rental. Otherwise, you'll probably be disappointed. parents should know that this Van Wilder is just as bad (in terms of inappropriateness) as the first. There is drinking to excess, bare breasts and butts, all kinds of sex and sexual references. There a handful of f**ks, s**ts, c**k, d**k, p***y, t*t, m**f, and many other swear words or slang terms for body parts. In closing, this film should only be watched by true fans of the first Van Wilder film, all others should skip it.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

As you might imagine from the plot description, the movie involves many implausible and poorly scripted situations involving campus partying, drinking, sex, and crude humor. There's also a rivalry that develops between Taj and other students.

So what's the big problem? First of all, Van Wilder isn't even in this movie, so why name it VAN WILDER 2 (answer: to make the marketing folks' job that much easier)? Second, it's offensive, stupid, and completely pointless. Third -- oh, never mind. Just skip this movie and make sure your kids never see it.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: November 30, 2006
  • On DVD or streaming: March 27, 2007
  • Cast: Daniel Percival , Kal Penn , Lauren Cohan
  • Director: Mort Nathan
  • Inclusion Information: Gay actors, Indian/South Asian actors, Female actors
  • Studio: MGM/UA
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 95 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: pervasive crude sexual content, some nudity and language.
  • Last updated: October 3, 2023

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