Van Wilder: Freshman Year Harvey Glazer

Van Wilder: Freshman Year Harvey Glazer
Joining the ranks of American Pie, Bring it On and Without a Paddle in unnecessary direct-to-DVD comedy sequels, Van Wilder: Freshman Year is about as crappy as anyone would expect it to be, but features an array of bonus features that almost make watching the DVD worthwhile. Seriously, the gag reel, "Making Of" featurettes, and "Hills" spoof "Decatur" are genuinely funny, and even more shocking, actually clever. We'll have to wait and see if the upcoming Paramount DVD sequels for Road Trip, Mean Girls, Bad News Bears, Grease and Naked Gun offer anything similarly amusing, or even tolerable. Unsurprisingly, the majority of Van Wilder 3 revolves around the exposing of bosoms and female masturbatory devices, when not sticking it to arbitrary rules and offering up a perfunctory romance. This entry acts as a prequel with Van (Jonathan Bennett) entering Coolidge College only to find that it is run like a military academy, rather than a party-centric brothel. Unwilling to adapt, and desperate to prove that life is better while drunk and screwing a stranger, Van defies the uptight Dean (Kurt Fuller) by hosting parties with his stoner roommate (Nestor Aaron Absera) and his stereotypical Asian friend, aptly named Yu Dum Fok (Jerry Shea), when not trying to bag the campus hottie (Laguna Beach's Kristin Cavallari). It's all done with a Police Academy subtlety that doesn't bode well in modern terms. For example, one of the biggest gags in the film is a dog named Colussus, thus named because he has abnormally large testicles, which prove especially cumbersome when licking peanut butter from the genitals of the Dean. Got it? Again, there are many boobies and the Offspring perform the opening theme song. Sorry, Dexter. What's interesting here is that the outtakes of the film, where Kurt Fuller and other actors toss out improvisational lines, actually prove laugh-out-loud funny at times, begging the question, why worry about maintaining the lame storyline when the gold is in the deleted scenes? (Paramount)