Length: 97 minutes
Director: Mort Nathan (Boat Trip; National Lampoon’s Bag Boy)
Writer: David Drew Gallagher
Starring: Kal Penn, Lauren Cohan, Daniel Percival, Glen Barry, Anthony Cozens, Steve Rathman, Holly Davidson
If dog sperm shooting all over people at a stuffy British dog show is your idea of comic brilliance then have I got the movie for you! I know that the original “Van Wilder” has it’s fans. I’ll admit that while I didn’t particularly like it, it had it’s moments, but that was thanks to Ryan Reynolds. You know, the guy that actually plays Van Wilder- the Van Wilder who’s name graces the title of it’s sequel, yet is nowhere to be found in it (except in a photoshopped picture). The movie- which surprisingly got a theatrical release- focuses on Van’s assistant, Taj (Kal Penn AKA ‘Kumar’), whom Van mentored in the first film. Taj travels to England to become a student teacher at Camford University. He is rejected from his father’s Alma mater and instead is forced to join a small frat of nerds/rejects- including the tough Irish thug, the nerd, the sex obsessed chick, and the silent, crazy guy. He decides to give them the “Van Wilder” treatment (don’t worry, he mentions Van about three dozen times in the first twenty minutes of the movie) and make them fun loving party animals. Their main rival, of course, is the stuffy frat that rejected Taj- and so it seems the rest of the nerds too. Taj also happens to fall for the golden boy of the frat (Daniel Percival)’s girlfriend (Lauren Cohan). To call the movie even semi-inspired would be too much of a compliment. It’s a cheap way to cash in on a minorly popular gross out comedy- the same thing the “American Pie” franchise has been doing with it’s last few films. How many people do you know that have seen any of those and said “Man, “Naked Mile” was hilarious!” or “You have got to watch “Beta House”! It’s awesome”? You won’t hear anybody say that about “The Rise of Taj” either.