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Trivia section[edit]

  • Penn and Reynolds would reunite again in another college-themed movie Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle. Penn had the starring role while Reynolds had a cameo as a nurse. During a famous scene in this movie, Reynolds, Penn and Teck Holmes's characters are in hospital scrubs and Penn dabs Reynolds forehead from sweat like a nurse. In Harold & Kumar, the roles are reversed between Penn and Reynolds, and the latter hits on the former.
  • Though Ryan Reynolds played the title character, he was listed fourth among actors in the credits of film
  • Johnny Lechner, a student at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater who has been attending college since 1994 (13 consecutive years), has been dubbed "the real-life Van Wilder", however he has overstayed the real Van Wilder's college tenure.
  • Tim Matheson, star of National Lampoon's original college classic Animal House, plays Van's father.
  • Actors Erik Estrada (CHiPs), and Edie McClurg (Ferris Bueller's Day Off) have cameos.
  • NBA players Darius Miles, Quentin Richardson, Lamar Odom, and Michael Olowokandi all appear in cameos as Coolidge Chickadee varsity basketball players.
  • The writers of the film make appearances as students auditioning to be Van's assistant(s) in one of the first scenes of the film. Also, the director, Walt Becker has a small part as a fireman after Taj's failed attempt to have sex with Naomi.
  • Supporting actors Curtis Armstrong (Revenge of the Nerds) and Tom Everett Scott (Dead Man on Campus) have both appeared in previous hit "college comedies."
  • The film/DVD menus use four songs performed by Sugarcult.
  • A sequel, without Ryan Reynolds and starring Taj (Kal Penn), was released December 1, 2006. It is titled National Lampoon's Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj.
  • Richard Bagg is part of the fraternity Delta Iota Kappa, or as Van points out, 'DIK.' ("Richard...you never told me you were a DIK! [then, quietly, as taking drink] Not that you had to.")
  • Features the first screen appearance by Sophia Bush, who plays Sally, a freshman who attempts (nearly successfully) to seduce Van after he gets drunk upon supposedly finding out Gwen and Richard were engaged. According to Van, "she reads at a sophomore level". She also has never heard of Air Supply.
  • Many scenes of the movie were filmed at UCLA.
  • During the movie, Van says that the word "mitzvah" is yiddish for good deed. However, the word is actually a Hebrew word.
Per the Wikipedia:Avoid trivia sections in articles guideline, I have moved this section here so that it can be sourced, then integrated into the article where and if appropriate. Yamaguchi先生 04:13, 23 July 2007 (UTC)
First of all thanks for saving it and not deleting it - but the guideline says only "avoid", so trivia-sections are not forbidden. In most of the cases (and especially in this one) it is not possible to integrate it somewhere into the article or avoid it completely. And it does not make the article a better one, if you blew up the article elswhere just to avoid one clearly trivia-section....(and just for the record: I think the trivia-avoid-guideline is a problem and does NOT improve articles at all and it should be reconsidered) --93.134.253.154 (talk) 12:22, 11 December 2009 (UTC)

music 'inconsistency'[edit]

How is the "white Barry" quote an inconsistency? The way the quote's used in the article it seems more like the character is refering to Chris Norman as the white Barry White, not refering to the song as being a Barry White song. Th 2005 (talk) 10:25, 31 March 2008 (UTC)

Second that Cyberxstrm (talk) 16:24, 4 August 2010 (UTC)

Under plot, last paragraph[edit]

Under plot, in the last paragraph it says : "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" What is the "wordplay" in Van Wilder? can someone explain it, perhaps on the article —Preceding unsigned comment added by 67.131.224.116 (talk) 07:13, 12 August 2008 (UTC)

I guess Wilder - Wild - Wild parties? ChesterG (talk) 16:17, 10 May 2009 (UTC)


end credits[edit]

At the end credits you can see the line "This film is dedicated to the memory of Marla Hathaway". Who knows about the meaning? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 93.134.253.154 (talk) 12:11, 11 December 2009 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

The following discussion is an archived discussion of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the proposal was move per request.--Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 13:44, 26 December 2013 (UTC)


National Lampoon's Van WilderVan Wilder – Now that other movie Animal House no longer uses "National Lampoon", probably this title shouldn't either. Both the current and the proposed titles are commonly used by reliable sources, but is there harm in shortening the title to "Van Wilder"? George Ho (talk) 04:58, 14 December 2013 (UTC)

  • Support per Animal House outcome, WP:CONCISE, and WP:COMMONNAME. As for potential harm, it turns out there is one other potential usage of "Van Wilder" in Philip van Wilder, a Dutch Renaissance-era musician. I don't think there can be a serious dispute as to the film being WP:PRIMARYTOPIC, however. --BDD (talk) 06:27, 14 December 2013 (UTC)
No problem: the musician ain't as popular as the movie. And the film is huge right now, but we'll wait 20 to 30 years to make it as popular as the musician. George Ho (talk) 08:59, 14 December 2013 (UTC)
  • Support per WP:CONCISE and WP:COMMONNAME. It is a reasonable shortening that does not lose meaning. Erik (talk | contribs) 15:18, 14 December 2013 (UTC)
  • Support, agree with rationale by BDD and Erik, above. Cheers, — Cirt (talk) 17:06, 14 December 2013 (UTC)
  • Easy support Red Slash 05:33, 15 December 2013 (UTC)
The above discussion is preserved as an archive of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.