National Lampoon's Van Wilder: Freshman Year (Unrated)
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The man. The myth. The beginning. It’s freshman year at Coolidge College and Van Wilder (Jonathan Bennett) is ready to party. To his dismay, all the girls have taken a vow of chastity and an uptight Dean (Kurt Fuller) rules the school. Van embarks on an epic crusade to land the campus hottie, Kaitlin (Kristin Cavallari) and liberate his school from sexual oppression and party dysfunction. No cheerleader will be left untouched and no keg will be left un-tapped in this hilarious prequel to the original! DVD Features: Commentary: Commentary with Director Harv Glazer and Cast Featurette: Creating The Legend: The Making of Van Wilder: Freshman Year Featurette: Going Balls Out: Colossus Featurette: Coolidge College: Orientation Video Featurette: Decatur Featurette: Teacher's Pets Bloopers: Bloopers Featurette: Van's Party Supplies Featurette: Pranks 101
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Do I think people will enjoy it? It has its ups and downs. The best thing I would compare it to would be something like "American Pie: Book of Love" in that it's part of a greater series that has done well, but it is not the main hit movie. Therefore, if you come with an open mind, it could be enjoyable to see; but a hard critic of the series will not enjoy this movie.
There are quite a few acting unknowns in this film, so I do not see any particular fan base looking forward to this, but they manage to make the corn somewhat tolerable, but in the end not rewatchable in any way. There is plenty of nudity, drinking, drugs and bad acting to go around, but things were so bad in this one, they had actually reversed the negative in a few scenes without correcting it (amongst other issues).
I recommend watching the supplements and skipping the film. For the nudity seekers watch the Teacher's Pet sequence (essentially all the sex and nude scenes put together), for the dog fans watch the Balls Out clip, for the Hills fans - watch the Decatur sequence; it is actually a funny slam on that lame show. The Bloopers reel is funnier than the entire film and looked better than any of the jokes left in the movie. The Party Supplies and Orientation Video add more to the mix of having better writing, and even the 25 minutes of the Creating documentary and Pranks make for a better self-involved watch. It was painful watching the one known actor (Kurt Fuller - been doing this for 25 years) having a dog crotch stuffed in his face over multiple takes and seeing his misery in earning a paycheck from a dumb movie.
Essentially, there is 100 minutes of film, or almost 90 minutes of extras - go with the extras. Film quality and sound are ok, performances are par for the content and the storyline was haphazard and unfunny. Skipper.