National Lampoon's Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj

Rated R 98 minutes 2006

It isn't as if the first Van Wilder set any kind of high standard for comedy to begin with, but the National Lampoon folks don't care. They have, after all, foisted on us such unique cinematic tortures as Barely Legal and Gold Diggers in the past few years, so why not a sequel that subtracts the only good thing about the original -- that being Ryan Reynolds? (And when Tara Reid won't even come back, you know things can't be good.) So Kal Penn, who should have done a Harold & Kumar follow-up instead, gets elevated to dubious leading-man status in this laugh-free campus "comedy" set in England and mostly shot in Romania. Will the awkward Indian lead the campus misfits to an unlikely victory over the elitist frat boys? Will he get the girl? Will there be yet more jokes involving dog semen? Will you enjoy them? The answers: Yes, yes, yes, and hell no.

Film Credits

Official Site: www.riseoftaj.com

Director: Mort Nathan

Writer: David Drew Gallagher

Producer: Peter Abrams, Robert L. Levy, Andrew Panay and Natan Zahavi

Cast: Kal Penn, Shobu Kapoor, Dan Percival, Holly Davidson, Anthony Cozens, William De Coverly, Glen Barry, Lauren Cohan and Tom Davey

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