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03 // National Lampoon's Van Wilder (2002)

NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VAN WILDER
Ryan Reynolds, Tara Reid, Tim Matheson, Kal Penn

Summary: The most popular kid on campus meets a beautiful journalist who makes him realize that maybe he's afraid to graduate. (from IMDB.com)



- Let me just start by saying I must adore Ryan Reynolds a lot to see this movie.

- This is basically your typical, gross-out, raunchy comedy so it's not exactly one of my favorites right off the bat. Throughout the movie, there were basically predictable jokes with a somewhat new twist.

- Reynolds completely sold this movie for me though. He has a very specific rhythm to the way he talks and delivers a punchline and it definitely shines through some of the more awkward parts of the movie.

- I really had to concentrate on the amazingness of Reynolds to try to block out the horribleness of Tara Reid. I guess this is her type of movie with all the sort of watered down American Pie humor, but I just find her icky in general anyway.

- On the same note, Reid's acting abilities are somewhat non-existent. It was like there was no emotion in her voice or face at times and it made it hard to believe why Reynolds' character would fall for such a boring girl. Plus, Reid wore so much frosted pink lipgloss that she just looked like a life-size Barbie.

- Hello Marty! His scenes reminded me of when he was on Gilmore Girls and he told Rory that he "...met Nicole Richie and then I showered for six weeks." (veiled references to Tara Reid? I'd believe it)

- And also random appearances by Vice President Hoynes and the principal from The Breakfast Club (who, to be honest, I thought was dead).

- Bonus: great soundtrack. I love Sugarcult and the movie used a couple of their good songs.

- Van Wilder: Wow, If he's here, who's running hell?



Bottom Line: Ryan Reynolds makes it worth the viewing, but don't go out of your way to see it
Rating: 3.5/5
Tags: national lampoon's van wilder
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