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Cinematronic by Michael Snyder
DVD
cinematronic
  National Lampoon's Van Wilder cinematronic
  director

Walt Becker

cast

Ryan Reynolds, Tara Reid, Tim Matheson, Paul Gleason

year

2002

extras

Two-disc set; widescreen; closed caption; making-of featurette; deleted scenes, including "Topless Tutors" footage; outtakes; Comedy Central's "Reel Comedy" special; "Sugarcult" music video; theatrical trailer.

rating rating cinematronic
  Boasting the "National Lampoon" brand, this flatulent comedy — sort of "Ferris Bueller Goes to College" — wants to be an "Animal House" for the 21st century. That's a funnier joke than anything on screen, including gross-out bits built around dog semen and laxatives and other recycled gags. Van Wilder (Ryan Reynolds), the oldest big man on campus, is in his seventh year as an undergrad at Coolidge College. Well-loved by most of his fellow students, he's a party guy who deliberately stays a few credits short of graduation while bleeding his wealthy father for tuition every semester. Supposedly, all the girls want to do Van, and all the guys want to be him. Van digs the status quo until he falls for a cute reporter (Tara Reid of "American Pie") on an assignment from the school paper to get his story. Her selfish frat-rat boyfriend gets jealous and plots against Van. Van strikes back, etc. Since Van is a tad effeminate in a wimpy sub-Jim Carrey way, his girl appeal is a stretch. Lampoon? No. Lame-poon.  
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