National Lampoons Van Wilder

Theatrical Release: April 5, 2002
National Lampoons Van Wilder


Attempting a return to its ANIMAL HOUSE roots, National Lampoon goes back to school. Self-appointed, campus party liaison chief, Van Wilder (Ryan Reynolds) has been attending college and avoiding classes for seven years. Van piques the curiosity of journalism student Gwen (Tara Reid), whose first article for the college newspaper lambastes Van as being a one-dimensional, perennial party boy and loser. Mortified, Van insists Gwen follow him, to see the selfless service he performs for “socially needy” students. VAN WILDER titillates the immature and proves with every ticket the famous P. T. Barnum and Bailey motto, “There’s a sucker born every minute.”

Dove Review

Disgusting, gross bathroom humor includes unending crude jokes about Van’s grotesquely endowed dog, culminating in an attempt to relieve the poor animal. Gwen’s boyfriend (Daniel Cosgrove) suffers an uncontrollable “call of nature” during a crucial meeting. Van appears to have unconventional sex with an elderly woman, and later bribes the sex-starved female dean of admissions by ‘serving’ her need. Other graphic sex scenes include Gwen and her boyfriend, who later literally “uses” a coed who wants to please him. Van buys a topless nightclub, featuring pole and lap dancers. In one scene, children are taken in to watch “the show” and served hard liquor. Van also sponsors a campus-wide naked mile run which reveals a lot of bare backsides. Along with other vulgar language, at least 23 obscenities were counted. The only positive comment to make about VAN WILDER is, avoid it

Content Description


Company: Artisan Entertainment
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 92 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Movie Morality Ministries - Mary Draughon