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Feature 3.0
Video 8.0
Audio 8.0
Special Features 8.0
Total 6.8
Distributor: Paramount
Classification: MA15+
Minutes: 96 Minutes
Reviewer: Felix Staica

6.8


Van Wilder: Freshman Year

Van Wilder: Party Liaison was the 2002 hit with several infamous scenes and a solid place in the gross-out pantheon. Seven years later, the idea of make a prequel called Freshman Year came about. In between, there was 2006’s Rise of Taj, which I and perhaps many others failed to notice.

In the first of the trilogy, Wilder was the well-established senior ‘college’ debauchee in charge of not only making parties happen, but making them cool. The current film is a vague attempt at giving the background story, the genesis of the party boy.

Wilder is this time played by Jonathan Bennett, who is photogenic and sculpted but lacks any engaging or convincing on-screen presence. They may as well have rolled a mannequin around. It is the tale of standing up to authority for what you believe in: parties, tits and booty, yet still being academically brilliant (somehow).

It’s a dire situation indeed when I have to tell you the best aspect of the disc is the extras, which include full-length commentary with the director (Harvey Glazer) and key cast; a making of; a special on the infamous dog Colossus; and a special on the Coolidge College campus.

This is painful, dull viewing for anyone who has moved past the excitement and aura of watching MA15+ or R18+ movies for the first time. I sat down with two mates and we sure got to do a lot of catching up and still follow the so-called story. Yes, there’s eye candy, I suppose… I dunno, maybe I need to be more drunk, dude?

Felix Staica

 






 
 



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