National Lampoon's Van Wilder (also known as Van Wilder, Van The Man and Van Wilder: Party Liaison) is a 2002 comedy movie directed by Walt Becker and stars Ryan Reynolds as the title character. The film also stars Kal Penn, Tara Reid and Daniel Cosgrove. This film was rated 15 in the U.K for stong sex references, language, gross sexual humour , nudity and drug abuse.
Meanwhile Gwen Pearson, a star reporter for the student newspaper, is asked to do an article on Van. It proves to be so popular that she is asked to write a follow-up article for the front page of the graduation issue. Although that would be a big win, she is rather put off when Van interprets her attempts to schedule interviews as romantic advances — especially because she already has a boyfriend. Gwen's boyfriend, Richard Bagg, happens to be the president of the student union, and the leader of a fraternity. He takes personal offense at Wilder's attempts to steal his girlfriend, and becomes very stressed out at having to deal with this burden on top of preparing for medical school and leading the Delta Iota Kappa (DIK) fraternity. Subsequently, a rivalry develops between the two men.
The rivalry grows as they perform increasingly disgusting pranks on each other. For instance, one scene involves Richard inviting Van over to a dinner with him and Gwen's family to prove a point about Van's lackadaisical attitude towards life (in which Gwen's parents are only pleased by Van's easy-going attitude, and Gwen, increasingly turned off by Richard's stress, only feels that Richard's actions were too under-handed.) In one infamous scene, Van and his friends replace the cream inside some donut's with dog semen and send them to Richard's fraternity, where the frat brothers begin eating and don't realize what it really is until it's too late.
At one point, Richard also sleeps with another woman from a sister sorority, which would be the final straw for Gwen later on. Richard also sets up Van at one of his own parties in which there are some (very) underage drinkers and reports it to the police, which leads to Van almost being expelled. However, Van proposes an alternative punishment: that the school force him to complete a semester's worth of work in the six days remaining, and then graduate. The committee agrees to this by a three-to-two decision.
Gwen is impressed that Van is taking the initiative to get his life together. She then learns of Richard's infidelity, and decides to take retribution. On the morning of Richard's interview with Northwestern Medical School, Gwen laces his ritualistic protein shake with a powerful laxative. Since there are no bathroom breaks allowed during the test, Richard has to hurry through the 2-hour exam in 20 minutes, "dialing down the middle" towards the end and disgusting the other test-takers with flatulence. Afterwards, before he can reach the bathroom, he unexpectedly runs into the medical school interview committee. They pull him into an office to begin the interview, and Richard ends up defecating into a trash can right in front of them. He is briefly seen again in the film, reading Gwen's article in the school paper in the bathroom (presumably, his medical school dreams are ruined, as he mentions to Van in a deleted scene). Meanwhile, Van Wilder does well on his finals and celebrates his graduation with Gwen.
A side story of the film depicts the saga of Taj Mahal Badalandabad, an Indian foreign exchange student who is accepted (out of many "talented" applicants) to be Van's personal assistant. The main reason for his application for this position, Taj explains, is he wants to have sex with an American girl before he goes home. He meets a girl named Naomi, and Van pushes Taj to go for her ("Naomi- that's 'I moan' backwards," Van explains) but Taj accidentally sets himself on fire with massage oil. At the end of a movie, Taj meets another Indian girl, and it seems like they are going to hit it off.
Taj's last name, Badalandabad, is likely a combination in Hindi or Urdu of three words, which would roughly translate to "Bonerville". In Hindi and Urdu, "Bada" means big, Lund (alternatively written as "Land") is a very common colloquial slang for a penis similar to the word "Dick" or "Cock", and "-abad" is a suffix used in exactly the same context as the suffix "-ville". There are many cities in India and Pakistan whose names end in the suffix mentioned above, such Pakistan's capital Islamabad, or India's Hyderabad or Ahmedabad. The above mentioned roots of the name are unconfirmed, but just might be how the name was coined. Van's seemingly casual remark at the name Naomi might be an indication that "clever wordplay" is rampant throughout the movie, as it obviously is in Van's own last name.
On November 28, 2006, in a way of promoting the sequel to Van Wilder, National Lampoon's Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj, Lions Gate Home Entertainment released a 2-disc special edition DVD with new bonus features including a "Drunken Idiot Kommentary" (featuring three young men who are not actually involved in the film), behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the cast and crew. The re-release did not include the topless menus from the previous set.
The film was also released on Blu-Ray on August 21, 2007 which had almost the same features as the 2 disc special edititon DVD. Also included (and exclusive to the Blu-ray edition) is the "Blu-Book Exam," a trite interactive game that focuses on 'Van Wilder' trivia questions, plus a series of "Blu-line" options including a pop-up film-progression menu that allows you to set bookmarks and skip around the feature film.
There is an inconsistency in the DVD release of this movie. In the massage scene with Naomi and Taj, Taj puts some music on, telling Naomi "it is the White Barry", referring to soul singer Barry White. However, the song that is actually playing is "Stumblin' In" by Suzi Quatro and Chris Norman. There are no Barry White songs at all on the movie's soundtrack album, presumably because the filmmakers were unable to get any clearance for White's music to be used in the film.