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Film: Van Wilder

The charming Van Wilder (played by Ryan Reynolds) has been at college for seven years and knows all the ins and outs of life at that college. After a series of comedic incidents, his father finds out that Van has been wasting his life at college and cuts him off from the college fund. Now Van has only a few months left to graduate and win the heart of a journalism major Gwen Pearson (Tara Reid). She is dating an arrogant medical student who is trying to get Van expelled. Hilarity Ensues.

The 2002 film is another entry in the National Lampoon movies. While it had a low budget and small box office returns, Ryan Reynolds managed to pull off the silly gags with flying colors. Unfortunately, it spawned an even less successful spin-off Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj and a straight to DVD prequel.

Tropes:

  • A Man Is Not a Virgin: Most of the reason why Taj came to the United States and college in general.
  • Big Bad: Richard Bagg in the first film.
    • Pip Everett in the sequel.
  • Big Man on Campus
  • Black Best Friend
  • Boy Meets Girl: A version of this is used with Van and Gwen.
    • And Van and Kaitlin in Freshman Year
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Van, who merely does the minimum required to remain a student, which is the reason for the conflict with Professor McDougal. In a subversion, Van instead devotes his energies to helping the Student Body in anyway he can.
  • Casting Gag: Paul Gleason is once again a teacher with a problem with one particular student.
  • Catchphrase: Van's repeated use of "Write that down." after giving someone else advice.
  • The Charmer: Van to pretty much everyone.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Van flirts mercilessly with Gwen but he never actually makes a pass at her since he knows she has a boyfriend, even though the guy is a complete Jerkass.
    • He does the same thing with Kaitlin in Freshman Year
  • Fun Personified: Van Wilder. He has the amazing ability to take nearly any situation and make it awesome. Just ask the Jerk Ass Richard's parents.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Richard's Greek fraternity, the Delta Iota Kappas.
    Van: Richard you rascal, you never told me you were a DIK! (under his breath) Not that you had to...
    • And in the prequel, the Daughters In Christ's Kingdom.
      • There's also the Lambda Omega Omegas, the Geek fraternity.
    • Van has his initials (V.W.) emblazoned on his golf cart.
  • Funny Foreigner: Taj Mahal Badalandabad
    • Played straight with Yu Dum Fook in Freshman Year, and then subverted with The Reveal that he's actually Van's father's chief of security, planted at Coolidge to keep an eye on Van & not actually a Foreigner.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Vernon is Van's Stern Teacher.
  • Hot for Student: A very gross example of this is Van Wilder and one of his teachers who is well over her fifties. The things he did to stay in college...
  • Humiliation Conga: The Laxative Prank Richard experiences.
  • IKEA Erotica: Richard having sex with Gwen.
  • Jerkass: Richard.
  • Kick the Dog: Richard gives alcohol to children to make Van look bad.
  • Laxative Prank: Gwen does this to Richard after finding out he cheated on her - just before his med school exam and interview. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Gender-flipped, with Van serving as this to Gwen convincing her to take things less seriously. Gwen herself is an inversion, as it's meeting her that convinces Van to finally grow up.
  • Meaningful Name: Richard Bagg, and the Delta Iota Kappas. Just think about it for a second. Lampshaded by Van.
  • Mr. Fanservice: It's Ryan Reynolds.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Kristin Cavallari in Freshman Year. Also, Charlotte in "The Rise of Taj".
  • No Fourth Wall: Van Wilder narrates his story and even turns to stare at the camera during certain humorous instances. Not unlike another character Ryan Reynolds is hoping to represent on the silver screen...
    • Jonathan Bennett gets in on the act at the end of Freshman Year whilst playing the younger Van.
      Kaitlin: But what about the party?
      Van Wilder: Trust Me. Van looks into the camera. There'll be more.
  • Personal Arcade: In The Rise of Taj, Taj adorns the Cock and Bulls living room with several creature comforts, including a widescreen TV and a "Miss Nude America" pinball machine.
  • Present Day Past: Van has an iPhone in Freshman Year... The prequel to the 2002 film. Further compounded by the fact that Van's been at Coolidge 7 years, thus making Van's freshman year... 1995.
  • Smug Snake: Richard. Also, Pip in the sequel.
  • Stern Teacher: Professor McDougal seems like just a Jerk Ass until later on it's found out he's really a Reasonable Authority Figure who just wants Van Wilder to stop wasting his potential.
  • Television Geography: The climax is funny for people familiar with the campus of UCLA: Van Wilder's sprint from his dorm (actually Royce Hall, which contains lecture halls, classrooms, and a theater) to his final exam (which happens to be located in the building next door) seems to have him teleporting all over campus and often running in the opposite direction of where he ends up.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Taj is just full of these.

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