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  Film Reviews: Drunken Remembrances: National Lampoon's Van Wilder  

Friday, April 12
Drunken Remembrances: National Lampoon's Van Wilder
Van Wilder
This really shouldn’t be my first review, but a little background might put his into perspective for everyone that wouldn’t expect me to see this sort of movie. First, I had a really long day at the office – one where nothing slows down, everyone wants something from you yesterday and one of the credit clerks is mad at you for reasons unknown. I come home and help the husband polish off a bottle of Chianti (okay, I had most of the bottle, but he helped). I was in the mood for some levity and entertainment, but considering my non-sober state, I knew that any movie I saw that evening had to have one base requirement – no thinking needed.

So, there we were, “two for Van Wilder,” at the Marcus Cinemas. It began on a positive note, as the ticket-taker only charged us for one ticket. The husband and I got to see “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder” for $3.75 each.

Van Wilder, played by “Berg” of “Two Guys and A Girl” fame, is in his seventh year of college. I think we were supposed to think that spending seven years in college was a really long time. There, in my inebriated state at the theater, I realized that the theory of time being relative played out as six Westerville seniors sitting next to us slowly began to realize that Van Wilder had to be 25 or even 26! Yeah, yeah. Anyway, Van Wilder’s father (Tim Matheson in a sweet cameo I’m sure three-quarters of the audience didn’t even get) decides he will no longer pay his son’s tuition – forcing Van Wilder to PAY HIS OWN WAY! If this weren’t enough tragedy for our poor Van Wilder, hot-but-serious-school-journalist Gwen (Tara Reid of “American Pie” fame) is out to do an expose on the “real” Van Wilder.

Van Wilder’s life is a series of these kinds of tragedies – attractive women that want to date him, personal assistant auditions to run, a dog with a severe testicular issue, living with Teck (of “Real World: Hawaii” fame), getting paid obscene amounts of money to plan parties and having to steal the girl from a guy that gives insensitive ***holes everywhere a bad name. A Ferrelly Brothers-esqe scene involving dog semen is present – so disgusting that the Westerville Seniors next to us appointed a lookout to let them know when it was safe to view the film again. The laughs are decent enough – in five years this will be the film that is shown every other weekend on Comedy Central – but nowhere near “Animal House” or the “Vacation” films of National Lampoon past.

The Usual:

Recommendation: Buck theater outing, otherwise wait for the HBO multi-viewing.

Annoying Theater Goer: Of the Westerville seniors, we had “Laughus Maximus” sitting next to us. Everything was sooooooo funny, soooooo hilarious, soooooo necessary to throw his body around like an epileptic mainlining electricity every time anything remotely funny happened on screen.

Main Reason To See This Film: Great if you’re drunk on Chianti and not in the mood for “thinking.”

Main Reason Not To See This Film: Do we really need to let Tara Reid continue to think she’s got an acting career?

MPAA Rating: R

Nudity: Yes.

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