The Countdown: Back to School — Van Wilder
08.31.12 by Chris
From the people who brought you Animal House and the Vacation franchise comes National Lampoon's Van Wilder, a movie about a guy who after seven years in college finds himself cut off financially from his father and forced to complete a semester's worth of coursework in six days in order to gradate. The movie was the breakout role for Ryan Reynolds and also stars Tara Reid, Daniel Cosgrove, and includes a cameo from Tim Matheson as Wilder's dad (Matheson, of course, played Otter in Animal House).
On paper the movie should have been a dud but thanks to Reynolds' perfect comedic performance and some truly funny scenes, the movie was a hit and made it onto The Countdown's Back to School list.