ByKristin Lai, writer at
MP Staff Writer, cinephile and resident Slytherclaw // UCLA Alumna // Follow me on Twitter: kristin_lai
Kristin Lai

In the early 2000s, there was no higher form of comedy than watching a ragtag group of college friends stumbling through their post-adolescent years. Although at the time I was probably too young to fully understand a lot of the humor when it was released in 2002, that didn't stop me from laughing along to the ultimate college comedy, National Lampoon's Van Wilder.

As immature and crass as the movie may have been, I think everyone enjoyed laughing along with Van's juvenile antics.

Not only that, but it also introduced a lot of people to the hilarious, witty, and caring actor that is Ryan Reynolds! So what does the cast of Van Wilder look like today? Let's find out!

Van Wilder - Ryan Reynolds

Major projects since: Waiting..., Just Friends, Definitely, Maybe, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Green Lantern, The Proposal, The Croods, Deadpool.

Best quote:

Van Wilder: Worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you anywhere.

Gwen Pearson - Tara Reid

Major projects since: My Boss's Daughter, Scrubs, American Reunion, Sharknado, Sharknado 2: The Second One

Best quote:

Van Wilder: Sometimes you gotta let your heart lead you... even if you know its someplace you know you're not supposed to be.
Gwen: And how many times has your heart led you into the women's locker room?
Van Wilder: This would be a first.
Gwen: Why do I find that hard to believe?

Taj Mahal Badalandabad - Kal Penn

Major projects since: Malibu's Most Wanted, Malibu's Most Wanted, Malibu's Most Wanted, Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, House M.D, How I Met Your Mother, Battle Creek

Best quote:

Taj: Is that all you people think about? Now, I admit I applied for this job because I wanted to cut loose and shake my rump, but I do not believe that this dilemma can be solved by partying.

Hutch - Teck Holmes

Major projects since: First Daughter, Nobody Smiling

Best quote:

Van Wilder: What is wrong with people today?
Hutch: [taking a hit from a bong] It's the internet dude, it fries their brain cells.

Richard Bagg - Daniel Cosgrove

Major projects since: In Justice, Guiding Light, As the World Turns, All My Children, Days of Our Lives

Best quote:

Van Wilder: Whoa, trick or treat. What's going on?

Richard: This vaginal discharge won't let us partake in the party.

Van Wilder: Graphic.

Wasted guy - Aaron Paul

Major projects since: Mission: Impossible III, The Last House on the Left, Big Love, Breaking Bad, Need for Speed, Exodus: Gods and Kings, BoJack Horseman

Best quote:

Vance Wilder, Sr.: Where can I find Van Wilder?
Wasted Guy: In the Guinness Book of World-fucking-Records, man... under "Raddest Fucking Dude Alive"!

I don't know about you guys, but now that I've left college I feel like I missed out on something. Where was Van Wilder the Party Liaison when I needed him?


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