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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. Nov 12, 2012
    9
    Van Wilder is a new college classic with a great script and some pitch-perfect comedic delivery from Reynolds. It echoes 'Animal House' like nobody's business. Expand
  2. Jul 11, 2013
    7
    Van Wilder es una pelicula para adolescentes hilarante, es graciosa y divertida, la primera vez que vi la pelicula no la entendi muy bien pero la segunda vez que la vi la entendi, un clasico del genero de peliculas de universidades. Expand
  3. 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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