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  • Summary: A hilarious coming-of-age story about the burden of facing real life...and the freedom that comes from not taking it too seriously. (Artisan Entertainment)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 24
  2. Negative: 15 out of 24
  1. 63
    Reynolds is the best thing about Van Wilder.
  2. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    50
    While not for every taste, this often very funny collegiate gross-out comedy goes a long way toward restoring the luster of the National Lampoon film franchise.
  3. The gags on which it rests its laughs have been lifted from every other raucous comedy, campus-oriented or not.
  4. Has to go down as a failed comedy. It's just not enough of a comedy.
  5. 25
    Laughter for me was such a physical impossibility during National Lampoon's Van Wilder that had I not been pledged to sit through the film, I would have lifted myself up by my bootstraps and fled.
  6. 20
    Reynolds and Reid's white-bread romance begs to be left on the cutting-room floor, but then again, so does just about every other scene in Van Wilder, which distinguishes itself only in featuring a level of ejaculate rarely found outside of hardcore porn.
  7. 0
    This is the sort of low-grade dreck that usually goes straight to video -- with a lousy script, inept direction, pathetic acting, poorly dubbed dialogue and murky cinematography, complete with visible boom mikes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 35
  2. Negative: 4 out of 35
  1. JE
    Dec 9, 2008
    10
    A university/college student classic. We have a yearly showing on campus and its one of the most attended events of the year. Personally, its a favourite. Sure the acting isn't amazing, and the plots not deep, but It doesn't pretend to be anything but a fun, quotable movie. The reviewers are professionals, they look at films like a dog show judge looks at a dog. I love my dog cause it cuddles me and it fetches a stick, to me my dog is the best in the world, but it probably would be given a F- in a dog show. For its intended audience, and for just being funny, Van Wilder will always be a 10. I've quoted this movie more in my 4 years of University than I've quoted Monty Python, and that's quite a feat. Expand
  2. MoK.
    Mar 23, 2007
    10
    A college-comedy classic. SO many quotable lines and memorable moments. of course it's a lousy movie - but it's still hillarious. Reviewers need to chill out and stop reviewing every movie like it's an oscar contender. Expand
  3. AN.
    Aug 29, 2007
    10
    Classic movie. Me and my friends were rolling on the floor laughing when it first came out. I must mention that we do have a rather immature sense of humor, which is why this movie appealed to us. Expand
  4. KevinS.
    Apr 5, 2007
    9
    This movie was hilarious and all these critics are retarded and need to find a new job!
  5. SeanF
    Jul 5, 2009
    9
    I shall admit from the beginning of this review that I was seduced by Van Wilder (or should I say Ryan Reynolds) from the start. For me he plays the role of a man-child not wanting to leave university perfectly. The character of Van could have so easily been an unlikeable, unlovable idiot in the wrong actors hands, but Reynolds injects charm and a Jim Carreyesq humour that works. Admittedly this is not Shakespeare, and I Expand
  6. R.L
    Apr 30, 2009
    8
    Van Wilder consummate play boy. all time part animal. And a spark of hope and inspiration when needed, these are a few of the many things that make watching Van do what he does best so much fun. Van Wilder stars Ryan Reynolds as the title character in this hilarious romp. Wilder is someone who we all want to be and who are all on the inside. Wilder is a 7th year college student at Coolidge College he's the king of the campus and he's got a party going every night, and a girl left and right, every guy wants to be him, and every girl wants him's, but when Van's dad cuts him off and leaves him hanging in the wind he's going to have to come up with away to stay in school or lose it all. Van Wilder is a movie that's got it all, hot girls. Wild Parties and outrageous humor that you just can't help laughing at. It's the perfect romantic comedy that is right up any guys alley( or girls, the ones that can stand this kind of humor anyways.) but all in all this cult classic is not just a good comedy but a good lesson that if you live your life by partying and evading the future you'll never get anywhere. Van Wilder is a party you don't want to miss or ignore. Expand
  7. Oct 23, 2011
    5
    This movie had some funny moments most notably with the Indian guy. Otherwise the movie bored me to shreds. The story seemed to have fit perfectly well into the movie of him being in school for 7years as there are many students in school for the fun of it. Expand

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