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National Lampoon's Van Wilder Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 25

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Even by teen gross-out movie standards Van Wilder makes "Sorority Boys" look like "Some Like It Hot."

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  • 25

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Laughter for me was such a physical impossibility during National Lampoon's Van Wilder that had I not been pledged to sit through the film, I would have lifted myself up by my bootstraps and fled.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    An unabashedly bad movie full of cliches, claptrap, fairly good rock 'n' roll and stomach-turning gross-out gags.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Studded with Lampoon/John Hughes anachronisms.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Not for kids 17 and under

The grossest, most disgusting humor imaginable.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has the grossest and most disgusting humor imaginable, involving every possible bodily function. There are extended jokes about the size of a dog's testicles. Characters drink to excess. Van's beneficence includes getting compliant girls for boys who would otherwise not have anyone to have sex with.

  • Families can talk about what makes some raunchy comedies better than others. Do things like clever dialog and interesting characters matter to you in a comedy?

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Not an issue

  • sex false5

    Sex: Extremely explicit sexual references and situations.

  • language false4

    Language: Extremely strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking and drug use portrayed as harmless fun for those over 18.