Van Wilder

April 5, 2002 0 By Fans
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Still of Ryan Reynolds in Van WilderStill of Curtis Armstrong in Van WilderRyan Reynolds at event of Van WilderVan Wilder (center right, RYAN REYNOLDS) with his cronies: Panos Patakos (left, JASON WINER), Hutch (center left, TECK HOLMES) and Taj Mahal Badalandabad (right, KAL PENN)Still of Tara Reid and Ryan Reynolds in Van WilderStill of Paul Gleason in Van Wilder


The most popular kid on campus meets a beautiful journalist who makes him realize that maybe he's afraid to graduate.

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 6.2/10 (44,658 voted)

Critic's Score: 26/100

Walt Becker

Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Tara Reid, Tim Matheson

Van Wilder is a guy who has been at his college for seven years. He spends most of his time throwing parties and "fund raisers". When his father decides that it's time for tough love, he doesn't pay his tuition. So Van becomes a professional party thrower. At the same time, Gwen who writes for the college paper, is tasked with doing a story on him, but Van is too busy partying to do that. So she writes it using info from people who talk about him and writes an unflattering piece, which doesn't make him happy. He then dares her to see if she can get the true story but is more interested in trying to score with her, which is not easy because she has a boyfriend, who is a snob, and who is not too happy with the amount time she is spending with him. So he tries to get rid of him.

Writers: Brent Goldberg, David Wagner


Ryan Reynolds

Van Wilder

Tara Reid

Gwen Pearson

Tim Matheson

Vance Wilder Sr.

Kal Penn

Taj Mahal Badalandabad

Teck Holmes


Daniel Cosgrove

Richard Bagg

Deon Richmond

Mini Cochran

Alex Burns


Emily Rutherfurd


Paul Gleason

Professor McDoogle

Erik Estrada


Curtis Armstrong

Campus Cop

Jason Winer

Panos Patakos

Chris Owen

Suicidal Freshman

Simon Helberg


If you're going for an advanced degree in partying…Why graduate?

Release Date: 5 April 2002

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $6,000,000


Opening Weekend: $7,302,913
(7 April 2002)
(2022 Screens)

Gross: $21,005,329
(12 May 2002)

Technical Specs


(unrated version)

Did You Know?


Many of the story elements in "Van Wilder" came from a Rolling Stone article called "The Undergraduate," about the college career of comedian Bert Kreischer which was optioned by Oliver Stone.


Van's doodle repeatedly flips over between shots when Van visits Gwen in the women's locker room.


Van Wilder:
[while the dog is walking away, and his balls have shrunk]
Looks like all he needed was a little TLC

User Review

A big surprize

Rating: 8/10

i didn't expect much coming into this movie, i didn't hear much about
it and Van wilder was one of the national lampoon movies without Chevy
Chase. however this movie surpassed all my expectations. Van Wilder
defines the slapstick teen comedy of the new millennium. loaded with
sexual humor and innuendo, Van Wilder keep the laughs coming. i believe
Tara Reid was at her hottest in this movie, and believe it or not, there
are a ton of quotable lines to live by in this film. as for the plot,
its just about some guy who doesn't wanna leave the college he calls
his home until he meets a girl that makes him realize his own
potential. this film was much better then the last 2 American pies put
together. this is a true popcorn movie to watch with your friends.