Van Wilder: Freshman Year

15 07 2009

Van Wilder: Freshman Year

Release: Tuesday July 14 2009 (DVD only)
Running Time:
98 minutes
Age Restriction:
18 (Language, Sex)

You must surely have heard of 2003’s Van Wilder: Party Liason? Not? Ok well basically it was awesome, telling the story of a legendary college guy, Van Wilder, and the parties he organised. After that was the sequel, Van Wilder: Rise of Taj, which didn’t even feature Van Wilder. I didn’t enjoy that one at all. The third movie in the series in this one – Van Wilder: Freshman Year.

I didn’t go into this movie with very high expectations, because generally sequels are bad. Especially to movies which didn’t require them, such as the aforementioned original movie. However, with Freshman Year, I was pleasantly surprised. Let me just say that I feel Freshman Year is more of a reboot of the series than an actual prequel: for example it’s supposedly set years before the original, but everybody’s using iPhones. That being said, I’m all for a reboot, as long as they do not get bogged down in mediocrity. *cough* American Pie: Beta House, American Pie: Naked Mile *cough*.

The story is basically exactly the same as that of the original: Van Wilder (Jonathan Bennet) is introduced, hot girl (love interest) Kaitlin Hayes (Kristin Cavallari) is with asshole boyfriend who makes Van’s life hell. Lots of sex, character development, typical gross-out scene, feel-good moment, partying, resolution. This is all nothing new. However, why change a formula that works? I enjoyed it in the original movie, and I still enjoy it in this one.

If you get this movie expecting anything less than a gross-out comedy, you will be disappointed. If you are looking for something slapstick and relatively mindless, then this is the movie for you. The girls are sexy, the jokes are funny, the slapstick is well done, the acting is believable and the characters are just crazily over the top to be enjoyable.

While not as good as the original, Freshman Year is an excellent addition to the series, (and I feel it far exceeds Rise of Taj) and I hope they continue with Van Wilder: Sophomore Year. All in all, I give Van Wilder: Freshman Year a solid 8 / 10.

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2 responses

15 07 2011

he hinted at another movie when he looked straight at the camera and said “don’t worry there will be more and winked ;)”

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