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Van Wilder: Party Liaison

Van Wilder (Reynolds) has been going to college for over seven years now and does his best to not succeed. When his busy father finally realises his son still hasn’t graduated, he cuts the money pipeline and thus leaving Van with a major problem: how is he going to find the money to keep up his lifestyle? Well, not really a problem for a guy who’s got more guts than anyone else, more popularity than LA’s Governator and an assistant who wants to work for free just to get some experience in getting laid; Van becomes the main party liaison for all the nerds who want to get a succesful party. Everything is going fine until Van meets Gwen Pearson (Tara Reid) who wants to write an article about him for the school newspaper. Gwen is hardly interested in him as she would like more to write about “serious” subjects but after a short time, the two get to know each other pretty good and start liking each other. The fact they hang out together a lot, however, doesn’t please Gwen’s boyfriend who is head of the student council and wants to make sure Van doesn’t come in between him and Gwen and his plans for the rest of his life. It’s time to give Van a little lesson and there’s nothing better to do that than to get him expelled from college…

Sound and Vision:
The image quality is pretty good with nice and bright colors, good detail, no blurry images and absolutely no compression errors, edge enhancement or any other artefacts. Well-done !

The soundtrack can be played in either Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS 5.1 but to be honest, the dialogues are the main thing here and thus the surround channels are used mainly to create some extra atmosphere.

Extras:
Ow we really don’t get much here. A couple of interviews that clearly show how much the crew enjoyed working with each other (and some not) followed by 2 trailers.

Conclusion:
If you like American Pie, you’ll probably be into this. The humor level is about the same but personally I found American Pie to be a bit more original while Van Wilder has a couple of scenes that are a bit heavier to digest. The storyline is predictable, but still enjoyable. Good movie to watch with the girlfriend. Universal should put some more extras on the disc though…

Our Score:
6.0

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