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National Lampoon's Van Wilder Review

By Shawn McKenzie 03/28/2002

I just got done writing my review of ABC's new Supreme Court show "The Court" and how it compares to CBS's "First Monday," a Supreme Court show that premiered in January.  Now I have two goofy frat comedies premiering within two weeks of each other.  Does everyone in Hollywood share the same brain?

I know that frat comedies are not new (Animal House and Revenge of the Nerds are two of my favorites), but why didn't either Buena Vista (who distributes last week's Sorority Boys) and Artisan (who distributes Van Wilder) check each other's release dates and spread the premieres apart?  Oh well.

How does Van Wilder compare to Sorority Boys?  Well, I'd say it's like comparing apples and oranges, but it's more like comparing green grapes and red grapes.  I like green grapes a little better than red grapes, but I do like both of them.  Van Wilder made me laugh, but Sorority Boys made me laugh a little more often.

Van Wilder is about a popular college student named Van Wilder (played by "Two Guys, A Girl, and a Pizza Place's" Ryan Reynolds) who is starting his seventh year at Coolidge College.  His father has decided to stop paying for his tuition, so Van becomes a party liaison to make money.  He falls in love with Gwen (played by American Pie's Tara Reid), a reporter for the school paper assigned to do a feature on Van.  I'm sure you know where this leads.

There are a few gross-out parts in this movie that I thought were unnecessary, mainly the one involving the fluids of a dog being used as a practical joke (you'll see what I mean when you watch the movie.)  I think that if they had left them out, it would have been just as funny but without the squeamish moments.

Overall, it is a funny movie, but not one I'd run out to see (especially if you have already see the better frat comedy Sorority Boys already.)  Besides, if you wait to see it on video, you can spread those silly college memories throughout the year!



Ratings System:


Catch this movie at the theater if you can...

Wait until it comes out on video...

Wait until it plays on HBO, Showtime, Starz, etc...

Demand your money back, even if you saw it for free!

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