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Review: National Lampoon’s Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj

May 25, 2012

National Lampoon has kind of a complicated backstory. It all started at Harvard University in 1876 with the first publication of undergraduate humor magazine¬†Harvard Lampoon. After a century of publication, three Harvard graduates and alumni of the magazine licensed the “Lampoon” name for a national monthly publication, which lasted from 1970 to 1998. This is the National Lampoon of such movies as Animal House and the Vacation series, and is not the incarnation we are concerned with today.

No, today’s fare comes from National Lampoon, Inc., formed in 2002 to use the “National Lampoon” name. The more recent company has a terrible record in picking their CEOs, with one convicted of stock manipulation and a second stands charged with operating a Ponzi scheme. But all that’s beside the point. No, what is on topic is that NLI’s first movie,¬†National Lampoon’s Van Wilder made back its five million dollar budget, and then thirty-three million dollars after that.

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