Van Wilder

Synopsis: In certain circles, Van Wilder is a living legend at Coolidge College, where he's been a student now for seven years, not yet having completed his degree requirements. Despite being bright, he never attends classes anymore, instead hosting parties, imparting his brand of wisdom to his adoring fans, hosting school organization fundraisers, and rallying the college spirit among the student body. Conversely, Van loves his Coolidge life. In his antics, he has a 2ic in Hutch, and always hires a personal assistant, this year's being a South Asian transfer student named Taj, who wants to learn from the best, namely Van. Van's college life is threatened when his wealthy neglectful father only now learns that Van is still in school, Wilder Sr. who has been paying his way all this time. As such, Wilder Sr. pulls the plug on that subsidy, meaning that Van has to figure out a way to pay for his Coolidge life. Because of his living legend status, Van becomes the subject of a series of articles by t
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Walt Becker
Production: Artisan Entertainment
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min

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Coolidge College

was established in 18--

Who knows this?

It was in your freshman facts.

The first day of spring semester.

A time to say good-bye

to the parents once again...

and say hello

to a few new student bodies.

As for me, well...

I like to start off each semester

with a certain time-honored tradition.

A ritual, if you will,

that allows me...

to get my head in the right place.

Okay, so Suk Mee's a little old...

but she is just so damn good.

She's great with these quick jobs...

plus there is no substitute

for decades of experience.

That looks amazing.

That is perfect. You're a pro.

A pro.

Look at me.


Well, gosh, that was great.

Thanks for the quick job there.

I need these in 20 minutes.


We've got a jumper!

Hold on, son.

You don't want to do this.

I didn't want to come here either.

They made me come!

They made me!

First year can be kind of scary,

can't it, Timmy?

My name's not--

But you know what I've learned

in my seven years here at Coolidge...


I've learned that you can't treat every

situation as a life-and-death matter...

because you'll die

a lot of times.

Write that down.

- I don't have a pen.

- Well, remember that then.

And you know something, Timmy?

I think you've got the balls

to make it here.

Call me nuts...

but I believe in you.

You see, Timmy, you can't let this

lead you all the time.

Sometimes you've gotta heed this.

I think you've got a lot of heart

in there, mister, don't you?

Don't you?

I mean, look around you.


Great work, Van. Thanks!

Remember my credo, Timmy.

Don't be a fool.

Stay in school.

God, I love this place.

Hey, Van. Hey, Van the man.

I called you last night, Van.

My name is Van Wilder,

and this is my home...

Coolidge College.

The last, well, seven years

have gone by way too fast.

This school's given me so much.

I just can't seem to give enough back.

- That's Van.

- That's him!

Oh, my God!

- Wow.

- Yeah. Wow.

I was the first-ever male cheerleader

at Huntington High!

The first ever!

Give me a V! Give me an A!

Give me an N!

What does it spell?

I see a rabbi, and he's

performing a circumcision...

on himself though.

You'll become disciplined.

Your mind will become a weapon.

I'm sorry. You really

just don't fit the profile.

We're just gonna do

a little bit of word association.


- My name is Van.

- Hi, my name is Terry.

Let's get it started then,

shall we?

Big finish.


- Having us both at the same time...

- Will definitely lighten your load.

- We will bend over backwards for you.

- There's nothing too big...

- we can't handle.

- And we mean nothing.

- We'll stay on top of you...

- And ride you all semester.

Basically, we're saying we won't

blow the job, Van.

By the way, can you tell me if

there'll be any international travel?

Seriously, I swear to God,

I'm really uncomfortable now.

It's time you should go.

Not one acceptable candidate.

What is wrong

with the youth of today?

The Internet, dude.

Fries their brain cells, man.

It's cool, Colossus.

We'll find somebody.

C-los, get your ass off my shirt.

You really should

have him neutered, man.

That's up to him.

They are getting bigger,

aren't they?

I'll get that.

Looks like we got one more.

What's your name?

I'm Taj Mahal Badalandabad.

Where are you from, Taj?

I'm an exchange student

from Banglapur, India.


What can we do for you?

My exchange program culminates

at the end of this school year...

at which time I must return

to my home country...

where I do not have many friends.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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