I spotted this (apparently National Lampoon series continuing) teen movie because of the one or two good names in the cast, but also because it had such a low rating, one star out of five, I was intrigued to know why, from director Walt Becker (Wild Hogs). Basically Van Wilder (Ryan Reynolds) is the most popular student in Coolidge College, and has been for the last seven years, as he puts on the highly successful parties and fund-raisers, but his father Vance Sr. (National Lampoon's Animal House's Tim Matheson) is concerned for his eduction. Van is a little thrown back by his father stopping his tuition fee, meaning he has to find his own ways to make money, but the party throwing continues, and he is met by sexy student Gwen Pearson (American Pie's Tara Reid) who is writing a paper on him and his antics. As she can't get very close to Van himself, she asks all the questions to people he knows in the college, including new Indian foreign exchange student assistant Taj Mahal Badalandabad (Harold & Kumar's Kal Penn), and this only makes him mad. Van does however find an attraction towards Gwen, and he is trying his flirting techniques to score with him, but she already has a boyfriend, snobby and rude president of the student union and the leader of a fraternity, Richard Bagg (Daniel Cosgrove). Val is put under much more pressure when his medical school finals are coming up, and he has to study hard to get a good average grade to graduate and leave college on a high. In the end, Gwen realises what her boyfriend Richard is doing to Van, and his infidelity, so she get her revenge filling his protein shake with a powerful laxative, Van does pass his final paper, and he and she celebrate graduation and embrace. Also starring Teck Holmes as Hutch, Deon Richmond as Mini Cochran and Alex Burns as Gordon. The cast, even though with some good names, don't really add anything, the scripting is one of the worst I have ever seen, and the comedy full of outrageously gross moments is disgusting and unfunny, especially ageist snogging of a student, large dog genitals, and dog semen filled pastries, only the laxative scene made me giggle for the fart noises, otherwise it is an absolutely awful comedy. Poor!
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