Taj's rise to predictability
By Ryan Pence
December 5, 2006 | If you were like me, you were sitting
in the theater and asking, "Haven't I seen this movie
The answer: "Yes, various times."
The ironic thing is that National Lampoon, the creator
of the movie, is still turning out the same movies but
with different characters ever since its success with
Story. The story is a well-known,
recycled story. Taj, after being reformed into a "hound
dog" in the first movie, Van Wilder, travels
to England to enter grad school and to join the school's
top fraternity. Once he arries, he finds that a "typographical
error" on his admittance letter is impeding him from
entrance to the "Fox & Hound" fraternity. He instead
gets placed in the run-down frat house aptly named "The
Barn." He comes to find out that the inhabitants of
"The Barn" all had received similar letters of acceptance
to the "Fox & Hound" and all had been told the same
story. The people in this group of misfits calls themselves
the "Cock 'n Bulls."
So, as with many other Lampoon movies, the underdog
Cock 'n Bulls enter into a campuswide fraternity challenge
to win the Hastings Cup. Naturally the Fox & Hounds
always win this trophy. The Cock 'n Bulls start out
lousy and over the course of the movie win enough competitions
to compete head to head with the Fox & Hounds in the
The Duh Factor. The movie does have
one thing working for it -- it is occasionally funny.
Although the story is just a rehash of previous material
put out by National Lampoon's gang, the writers still
seem to be able to draw in the crowds. It seems most
likely because their target audience is college students,
and college students need an escape from homework and
studying every once in a while. And why not watch a
pointless movie that requires no prerequisites to enjoy?
The Bottom Line. The movie is stupid
at best. But the stupidity is bearable and funny at
times. And if you don't mind the fact that you've seen
other incarnation of this film and you know the plot
and the predictable outcome, then this film is the mindless
entertainment that you've been waiting for all year.
If you are not in the afore-mentioned category, then
you might want to spend your hard-earned dollars on
a movie that has a little more substance than an amoeba.
Rating. Rated R, for strong language,
nudity and sexual themes.
Ryan's Picks. If it is the mindless
you want, then it is mindless you will get. Here are
some mindless flicks for the average college student
Animal House. The alma mater of the National
Lampoon gang and one of the funniest movies ever made.
The film stars the late John Belushi, who might I add
was fabulous and outrageously funny. The movie is simply
about one frat house vs. another frat house, to become
the best. This movie is often imitated, and material
from the movie is constantly stolen as sight gags in
other movies. But, honestly, do yourselves a favor and
watch this one. It's worth it.
Caddyshack. If there were a definitive movie
about golf and golfers, this would not be that movie.
This movie stars Rodney Dangerfield as a land developer
who would like to turn an exclusive golf course into
real estate and an owner who doesn't care too much about
the idea. There are various other subplots, including
the groundskeeper played by Bill Murray trying to kill
a gopher, and a young caddy trying to raise money for