Mike Flaherty
September 06, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

National Lampoon's Van Wilder

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
95 minutes
Wide Release Date
04/05/02
performer
Tara Reid, Ryan Reynolds, Erik Estrada, Teck Holmes
director
Walt Becker
distributor
Artisan Entertainment
author
Brent Goldberg, David Wagner
genre
Comedy
We gave it a C-

The brain trust behind Lampoon’s latest campus comedy tries very hard to recapture the toga!-toga!-toga! mayhem of Animal House, going so far as to cast Tim Matheson — that film’s charismatic hell-raiser, Otter — as the father of Reynolds’ eponymous rapscallion. Unfortunately, a kegload of wackiness combined with a thimbleful of wit just doesn’t do the job. To be fair, Reynolds and Reid (as a budding journalist) acquit themselves admirably enough in the face of novice director Walt Becker’s ham-fisted non-vision. But, ultimately, the only question left is why Artisan thought this stinker worthy of a two-disc release.

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