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Taj Mahal Badalandabad leaves Coolidge College behind for the halls of Camford University in England, where he looks to continue his education, and teach an uptight student how to make the most out of her academic career.

Release Year: 2006

Rating: 4.3/10 (11,424 voted)

Critic's Score: 21/100

Director: Mort Nathan

Stars: Kal Penn, Lauren Cohan, Daniel Percival

Hvaing graduated in the US as Van Wilder disciple, now self-confident Taj Mahal. arrives as 'don' (teaching assistant) history at England's super-prestigious Cambridge. He falls victim to the haughty, aristocratic leading fraternity's aristocratic president Pip's usual prank for 'commoners', landing in the derelict 'barn' with other 'social outcasts'. But Taj decides to band the rejects into a new fraternity, Cocks & Bulls, which under his leadership challenges Pip's in the annual all-round excellence championship.

Writers: David Drew Gallagher, Brent Goldberg

Kal Penn - Taj
Lauren Cohan - Charlotte
Daniel Percival - Pip
Glen Barry - Seamus
Anthony Cozens - Gethin
Steven Rathman - Simon
Holly Davidson - Sadie
Tom Davey - Percy
William de Coverly - Roger
Beth Steel - Penelope
Amy Steel - Alexandra
Jonathan Cecil - Provost Cunningham
Roger Hammond - Camford Dean
Kulvinder Ghir - Taj's Father
Shobu Kapoor - Taj's Mother

Taglines: The Legend is Growing.


Official Website: Official site [United States] |

Release Date: 1 December 2006

Filming Locations: Bucharest, Romania

Opening Weekend: $2,313,372 (USA) (3 December 2006) (1979 Screens)

Gross: $5,821,159 (Worldwide) (8 April 2007)

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Did You Know?

The name Camford is a cross between the names Cambridge and Oxford, the two most prestigious universities in England. This is a reversal of the name Oxbridge which was created by Virginia Woolf.

Continuity: When Taj approaches the golf cart he received from Van Wilder, he removes a letter from the front and there is no window on the front of the cart. However, for the rest of the movie there is a window on the front of the cart.

Sadie: [staring at Simon's 11 inches] I'm surprised you don't get out more.

User Review

Don't watch this

Rating: 1/10

First let me start by saying I was a huge Van Wilder fan and enjoy all of Kal Penn's work, be it in Van Wilder, Harold & Kumar, and even American Desi. This film, however, was a disaster. The plot is unimaginative; Taj arrives in a British university and leads a misfit group of losers against a wealthy, socially elite house in an intra-fraternal competition. The object of Taj's affection unfortunately winds up being the girlfriend of his biggest antagonist, the head of the rival fraternity house (see the original Van Wilder for a blatantly similar romantic situation).

This just wasn't funny at all. I crack up pretty easily and laughed less than 5 or 6 times during an hour an a half. And even then, I was forcing it just because I felt like I forked down $10, and if I didn't even laugh once, I'd have been bamboozled of my money. The only redeeming scenes are those featuring Taj's parents, who are in the film for less than 10 minutes and managed to pull my rating from a 1 to a 2. Every other joke was corny, unfunny, and otherwise dull. The writing and directing were so uninspired that it was actually painful to watch this movie. The problem with this film was half conceptual too, since Taj was only funny in Van Wilder in the limited doses we got. Goofy Indian accents aren't enough to carry an hour and a half long poorly written train wreck, and that's what we saw here.

The thing that really bothered me was that I could feel Kal Penn's career dying before my eyes. I really don't know how anyone who read this script could agree to do it, especially him, because he was the only actor with a future in this movie. He had at least moderate buzz going for him after a string of decent performances, and then releases this nonsense. I can only hope that movie studios will forgive him, because it was difficult to watch this.