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For the sequel, see National Lampoon's Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj.
National Lampoon's Van Wilder

Promotional poster for National Lampoon's Van Wilder
Directed by Walt Becker
Produced by Peter Abrams
Robert L. Levy
Jonathon Komack Martin
Written by Brent Goldberg
David T. Wagner
Starring Ryan Reynolds
Tara Reid
Kal Penn
Distributed by Artisan Entertainment
Release date(s) April 5, 2002
Running time 93 minutes
Language English
Budget ~ US$5,000,000 [1]
Gross revenue $38,275,483 (worldwide) [1]
Followed by National Lampoon's Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj

National Lampoon's Van Wilder (also known as Van Wilder, Van The Man and Van Wilder: Party Liaison) is a 2002 comedy movie directed by Walt Becker that stars Ryan Reynolds as the title character. The film also stars Kal Penn, Tara Reid and Daniel Cosgrove. It features the first acting role for Sophia Bush.[2]



Van Wilder (Ryan Reynolds) is an outgoing, friendly, and extremely popular student who has been at Coolidge College for seven years. For the past six years he has made no effort to graduate, instead spending his time organizing parties and fundraisers, doing charity work, helping other students, and posing for figure drawing classes. But after seven years, with no return on his investment, Van's father decides it is time to cut his losses and stops paying Van's tuition.

Meanwhile Gwen Pearson (Tara Reid), a star reporter for the student newspaper, is asked to do an article on Van. It proves to be so popular that she is asked to write a follow-up article for the front page of the graduation issue. Although that would be a big win, she is rather put off when Van interprets her attempts to schedule interviews as romantic advances — especially because she already has a boyfriend: Gwen's boyfriend, Richard Bagg (Daniel Cosgrove), happens to be the president of the student union and the leader of a fraternity. He takes personal offense at Wilder's attempts to steal his girlfriend, and becomes very stressed out at having to deal with this burden on top of preparing for medical school and leading the Delta Iota Kappa (DIK) fraternity. Subsequently, a rivalry develops between the two men.

The rivalry grows as they perform increasingly disgusting pranks on each other. For instance, one scene involves Richard inviting Van over to a dinner with him and Gwen's family to prove a point about Van's lackadaisical attitude towards life (in which Gwen's parents are only pleased by Van's easy-going attitude, and Gwen, increasingly turned off by Richard's stress, only feels that Richard's actions were too under-handed.) In one infamous scene, Van and his friends replace the cream inside some pastries with dog semen and send them to Richard's fraternity, where the frat brothers begin eating and don't realize what it really is until it's too late.

At one point, Richard also sleeps with another woman from a sister sorority, which would be the final straw for Gwen later on. Richard also sets up Van at one of his own parties in which there are some (very) underage drinkers and reports it to the police, which leads to Van almost being expelled. However, Van proposes an alternative punishment: that the school force him to complete a semester's worth of work in the six days remaining, and then graduate. The committee agrees to this by a three-to-two decision.

Gwen is impressed that Van is taking the initiative to get his life together. She then learns of Richard's setting up of Van, as well as his infidelity, and decides to take retribution. On the morning of Richard's interview with Northwestern Medical School, Gwen laces his ritualistic protein shake with a powerful laxative. Since there are no bathroom breaks allowed during the test, Richard has to hurry through the 2-hour exam in 20 minutes, "dialing down the middle" towards the end and disgusting the other test-takers with flatulence. Afterwards, before he can reach the bathroom, he unexpectedly runs into the medical school interview committee. They pull him into an office to begin the interview, and Richard ends up defecating into a trash can right in front of them. He is briefly seen again in the film, reading Gwen's article in the school paper in the bathroom (presumably, his medical school dreams are ruined, as he mentions to Van in a deleted scene). Meanwhile, Van does well on his finals and celebrates his graduation with Gwen.

A side story of the film depicts the saga of Taj Mahal Badalandabad (Kal Penn), an Indian foreign exchange student who is accepted (out of many "talented" applicants) to be Van's personal assistant. The main reason for his application for this position, Taj explains, is he wants to have sex with an American girl before he goes home. He meets a girl named Naomi, and Van pushes Taj to go for her ("Naomi- that's 'I moan' backwards," Van explains) but Taj accidentally sets himself on fire with massage oil. At the end of the movie, Taj meets another Indian girl, and it seems like they are going to hit it off.


Van and Gwen in Van's golf cart.

Home media

Van Wilder was released by Artisan Entertainment on VHS and DVD on August 20, 2002. The DVD was presented in rated and unrated editions, both editions containing a cropped full-frame transfer, and a widescreen version in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. The two-disc set also contained interactive topless menus featuring model Ivana Bozilovic, who is "Naomi" in the film. With each new menu, she would take her shirt off and put another shirt on with different options on it. Bonuses included deleted scenes, outtakes, three Burly Bear TV specials, a Comedy Central: Reel Comedy TV special, "Bouncing Off the Walls" music video performed by Sugarcult, trailers and other promotional material like television ads and poster art.

On November 28, 2006, in a way of promoting the sequel to Van Wilder, National Lampoon's Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj, Lions Gate Home Entertainment released a 2-disc special edition DVD with new bonus features including a "Drunken Idiot Kommentary" (featuring three young men who are not actually involved in the film), behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the cast and crew. The re-release did not include the topless menus from the previous set.

The film was also released on Blu-Ray on August 21, 2007 which had almost the same features as the 2 disc special edititon DVD. Also included (and exclusive to the Blu-ray edition) is the "Blu-Book Exam," an interactive game that focuses on 'Van Wilder' trivia questions, plus a series of "Blu-line" options including a pop-up film-progression menu that allows you to set bookmarks and skip around the feature film.

National Lampoon's Van Wilder: Freshman Year is the third movie in the Van Wilder Series, following National Lampoon's Van Wilder and National Lampoon's Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj. It was released straight to DVD in 2009. Jonathan Bennett, Jerry Shea, Steve Talley and Kristin Cavallari will star. Harvey Glazer will direct.


Featured in the film are songs by The Living End, Jimmy Eat World, Sum 41, Abandoned Pools, Sugarcult, N.E.R.D., American Hi-Fi, Zero 7's Sia Furler, and Swirl 360. Some artists with songs omitted from the soundtrack included Atomic Kitten, Sprung Monkey, Bird 3, Spymob, Mint Royale, and Tahiti 80.

There is an inconsistency in the DVD release of this movie. In the massage scene with Naomi and Taj, Taj puts some music on, telling Naomi "it is the White Barry", referring to soul singer Barry White. The song that is actually playing is "Stumblin' In" by Suzi Quatro and Chris Norman. There are no Barry White songs at all on the movie's soundtrack album, presumably because the filmmakers were unable to get any clearance for White's music to be used in the film.  

Artemis Records released the official soundtrack, though the tracklisting does not exactly match the lineup heard in the movie. It omits the Sugarbomb song "Hello".

Box office

  • Budget - $5,000,000 [1]
  • Marketing cost - $15,000,000
  • Opening Weekend Gross (Domestic) - $7,302,913
  • Total Domestic Grosses - $21,305,259
  • Total Overseas Grosses - $16,970,224
  • Total Worldwide Grosses - $38,275,483 [1]


The movie was filmed entirely in the city of Los Angeles, almost all of it at UCLA, except for the basketball scenes, which were filmed in and around the Matadome at Cal State Northridge.

During the trial scene, the outside view is of Sather Tower and California Hall at the University of California, Berkeley.

See also

  • National Lampoon
  • National Lampoon's Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj
  • National Lampoon's Van Wilder: Freshman Year


  1. ^ a b c d "National Lampoon's Van Wilder (2002)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2009-10-05.  
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Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

National Lampoon's Van Wilder is a 2002 comedy film about a college student in his seventh year without graduating.

Directed by Walt Becker. Written by Brent Goldberg and David Wagner.
Don't Graduate. Celebrate. taglines


Van Wilder

  • Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but doesn't get you anywhere.
  • Are you stalking me? 'Cause that would be super.
  • Hey, look. That old bag is stronger than she looks.
  • And thus, 'Topless Tutors' was born.
  • Sharing a half-calf latte and a penalty box with Gwen Pearson who believes that censorship reflects society's lack of confidence in itself.
  • Don't be a fool, stay in school.
  • Don't be a fool, wrap your tool.
  • All this time I thought I was more to you than some flaccid story.
  • You must be Pre-Med Dick.
  • Her name is Naomi. That's 'I MOAN' backwards.
  • Richard, you rascal, you never told me you were a DIK! [under breath] Not that you had to.
  • I'd like you to meet Sherri and Terri. Two girls utterly infatuated with men who have larger than normal... medulla oblongata's.
  • Well, it is the NAKED mile run; everyone else will be in their birthday suits. Except for that guy...
  • Write that down.
  • Don't take life too seriously, you'll never get out alive.
  • Those circus midgets can NOT hold their booze!
  • Oh God. If he's here who's running hell?
  • I learned a long time ago you can't treat every situation like it's life and death. Cause you'll die a lot of times.
  • Sometimes you gotta let your heart lead you, even if you know it's someplace you know you're not supposed to be.
  • Don't do drugs

Taj Mahal Badalandabad

  • Tit! Oh mummy. Most Indians would say cow because they are sacred, but, I hear milk and I think big giant jugs. I can not go back home a virgin. I came here to this country to study the great American art of muff diving. To smack clam, munch rug, dine at just one American pink taco stand! You know, I wanted to, how is it, park the porpoise. You know? I want to take it through the car wash, baby. And get it waxed. I want to wax it. Wax it! You know, and air dry. Air dry that shit, yeah! And I would like to be your assistant very much, Mr. Van Wilder.
  • This is the White Barry.
  • You... you.... you.... you pussy ass mother fucker!

Other Characters

  • Richard: You do not call her that, Gonad!
  • Vance Wilder, Sr: Sweet Joesph, my son's a fairy.
  • Jeannie: It was the greatest ten seconds. Ever.
  • Applicant: I see a rabbi. And he's performing a circumcision...on himself though.


Van: Blue. It brings out your eyes. Kid's got killer eyes; not unlike yourself. Anyone ever tell you that?
Gwen: Yes, my boyfriend.

Van: Now, repeat after me. No cock pump...
Taj: No cock pump.

Taj: This is the culmination of my being.
Naomi: Baby, I'm about to culminate, now get over here.

Vance Wilder, Sr.: Van is still in school?
Assistant: For the better part of a decade.

Vance Wilder, Sr.: And, schedule in a massage.
Assistant: With a Happy Ending?
Vance Wilder, Sr.: Ah Yes.

Jeannie: This party so rocks, Richard!
Richard: This party sucks rectum, Jeannie!

McDoogle: Ok, Wilder. Let's dance.
Van: It's a good day to die, McDoogle.

[during sex]
Jeannie: P.S. This a great room.
Richard: P.S. Shut the fuck up!


  • The Tradition Continues
  • Don't Graduate. Celebrate.
  • If you're going for an advanced degree in partying...Why graduate?
  • No party gets started until it gets wilder.
  • Born to be wilder!
  • All the girls want him. All the boys want to be him.
  • Don't take life too seriously, you'll never get out alive


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