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National Lampoon's Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj Review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 20

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    So blatantly not funny that it might as well have been called "National Geographic's Van Wilder 2."

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    National Lampoon’s Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj harnesses smut and silliness to an oddly innocent tale of true love.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Not for kids 17 and under

Lame, horrid sequel is even worse than the first.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that in terms of sex, language, and general overall crudeness, this is one of the worst movies ever made ... which is exactly why a lot of teens will probably want to see it. Much of the comedy revolves around sexually related dialogue and jokes (related to intercourse, oral sex, etc.), as well as some partial nudity (men's butts and women's breasts). Plenty of partying, irresponsibility, and all-around bad behavior tops it off.

  • Families can talk about why movies like this keep getting made. What's the appeal of characters like these and their gross, over-the-top behavior? What would happen in real life to people who did these kinds of things? What messages does the movie send about college life? Do teens expect college to be like it is in the movies? Why do you think the movie is called Van Wilder 2 if the character of Van Wilder isn't even in it? How does having "Van Wilder" in the title work as a marketing/advertising shorthand?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Characters have varying degrees of very bad attitudes and behavior, including drinking, ogling women, and goofing off in college.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Some slapstick comedy involving drinking, a sword fight, a paintball battle, and a near miss with a car.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Oy, where to begin? Characters have crude (and oral) sex in an airplane bathroom. References to "doing" people, erections, and just about every other crude sexual comment. Extreme cleavage and tight outfits on scantily clad women (and guys ogling them). Some nudity (men's bare butts, women's bare breasts). A dog has large testicles. A parent opens a door and nearly interrupts his son having sex.

  • language false5

    Language: Repeated use of "f--k." Use of "laid," "screw," and "humping" to describe sex. Slang terms such as "c--k," "dick," and "tool" used to denote male genitals. Slang terms such as "muff," "p---y," and "t-t" to denote female body parts. "God," "damn," "ass," "crap," etc.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Hot sauce and beer figure heavily in the plotline.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Rampant scenes of characters drinking beer and other assorted alcoholic beverages.