Time was when a bout of National Lampoon-ery meant a guilty pleasure like Animal House or one of the early Vacation movies. This, though, is one big, fat, unfunny pain, charting the tired exploits of campus fixture Van Wilder (Ryan Reynolds), who plans to graduate sometime in the near never.
Aiming for a blend of sweet (Van's liaison with Tara Reid's student journo) and ultra-salty (the eclairs pumped with bulldog jizz), Van Wilder turns out tasteless in every sense.
That said, sitcom star Reynolds musters a half-decent impersonation of Chevy Chase, and if you're one of the few people not yet tired of the gross-out comedy there are laughs to be had. But can you really buy Reid as someone who'd rather finish an article on euthanasia than get to where the party's at?