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3.57

Awesome: 11.39%
Worth A Look53.16%
Just Average: 21.52%
Pretty Crappy: 8.86%
Sucks: 5.06%

6 reviews, 43 user ratings


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Orange County
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by Carina Hoskisson

"This film won't change your life. Well maybe if you’re from Orange County"
4 stars

Sometimes when you go to film expecting the absolute worst, you’re happy to be wrong. I’m not claiming Orange County will thrill your mind with whirl-pooling subplots and drama circle awards, but it’s not as bad as you might think.

Shaun Brumder (Hanks) really wants to get out of Orange County and go to Stanford. His dysfunctional family doesn’t understand why he would ever want to leave. When Shaun fails to get into Stanford—even the high school cheerleaders and a stoner get in; hilarity ensues as he sets out to prove himself worthy of the school.

The first surprise is the genuine caliber of the actors featured. Jack Black is not the center of the film. Perhaps the marketing department felt that if they told audiences that John Lithgow, Harold Ramis and Chevy Chase make appearances, teens would furrow their brows in non-recognition. Or even worse, boycott theaters for trying to resurrect actors who appeared in anything in the far off decade of the 1980’s. Please.
Catherine O’Hara is perfect as the typical Orange County bed dwelling, maid firing, drunk-at-9:00am mother. O’Hara continues to be one of the most under appreciated actors currently working. Lily Tomlin’s turn as a guidance counselor echoes her Phone Operator character with spot-on results.

Colin Hanks, yes that Hanks, possesses that indefinable quality of his father, a kind of every-man Jimmy Stewart feel. Hanks performance lends surfer-come-novelist Shaun Brumder an authenticity not often found in teen films. Ashley (Schuyler Fisk) Shaun’s girlfriend, is refreshingly three-dimensional erasing the necessity for the teen girlfriend in flicks to resemble a vacuous puff.

The best supporting character? That miserable song “Butterfly” by Crazy Town, which makes impeccable audio appearances to describe the character on screen.

Perhaps what I found most amusing is the accurate depiction of Southern California life. The guy sitting next to me, born and raised in Anaheim described the movie as a documentary. Despite the amusing nature of the cameos and featured performances, this film will not change your life. Well maybe if you’re from Orange County.

Don’t forget that Orange County is an MTV film. That moniker seems to require inanity and ruthless over-promotion. Still, the level of self-mockery that pervades the plot provides a fun relief from ordinary life. Wasn’t that what comedies were supposed to do in the first place?

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originally posted: 01/15/02 15:46:58
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User Comments

10/07/08 Shaun Wallner Funny Movie! 5 stars
6/13/08 PAUL SHORTT DERIVATIVE, TIRESOME AND VERY UNFUNNY 1 stars
10/07/07 KNurse This is Jack Black at his best....burn the mother down!LMAO 4 stars
9/28/07 Derek Entertaining, Engaging and Funny. Well Worth Watching. A Fine Teen Movie. 4 stars
7/21/07 dt not much new here, not really funny 2 stars
3/29/07 fools♫gold "Graduate"-inspired teen comedy that finally deserves the title "comedy". Rounds up to 5/5. 5 stars
11/17/06 AJ Muller very funny flick; the cast/direction rocks and the script is pitch-perfect. 4 stars
1/13/06 WiseMan This deserves a higher rating, i loved this movie, i watched it 10 times 5 stars
1/02/06 cody jack black is only thing funny about this retarded and corny comedy 2 stars
8/17/05 John Aster Habig Hilarious comedy about teenage ambition plus the white/black team is magic 5 stars
6/01/05 JFK great comedy, hillarious. Jack Black rules! 4 stars
3/25/05 Denise funny 3 stars
2/18/05 april gupton real good, funny 4 stars
2/14/05 Angela Saunders Some funny scenes, defninitely a movie for Black fans. 3 stars
2/09/05 Kelly Greenwood boring 1 stars
2/02/05 Clifford C Gardner Better than I expected 4 stars
2/01/05 Tammera Mack okay 4 stars
4/03/03 Hannah I loved it. 5 stars
1/03/03 Annoymous quite good 4 stars
1/02/03 Sommersby Brightly acted; underwhelmingly rendered. 2 stars
12/29/02 John Aster Habig a story hope and hopelessness Black and Hanks work terrificly together 5 stars
10/26/02 MarktheShark6 Jack Black was awesome, but the story was bad and so were the other actors. 3 stars
10/07/02 Ashley Boring. More of Jack Black would have made it better. To say the least...IT SUCKED! 2 stars
9/28/02 Peter Sherlock Total wank. Dull as shit. 1 stars
8/26/02 Judd Hughes Makes 80s teen movies look like 'Citizen Kane'. 3 stars
8/18/02 Mr. Hat (I'm Back!) Lots of fun. Out of all the stars, Jack Black is hands-down the greatest; the next Belushi. 4 stars
8/13/02 Bryan Brooks Even J.B. cant save this one. Just not funny at all. 2 stars
8/05/02 Fish Eye Underated movie. Not only is it funny, but it's also a good move. Jack Black is hilarious 4 stars
6/25/02 Film Guy Surprisingly a good funny film 4 stars
6/20/02 spyguy2 Not as good as I hoped...looking forward to Shallow Hal, that has got to be funnier right? 3 stars
3/23/02 Natalie Stonecipher Seems like a Farrelly wannabe. Cute at times, ultimately taking self a bit too seriously. 4 stars
1/20/02 none funny movie...when jack black was on...got pretty sappy at times...but jack black was funny 4 stars
1/18/02 The Bomb 69 funny and well written, good but not great 4 stars
1/17/02 bobo justus the 5 santa ana fwy from anaheim to like tustin is always congested! 2 stars
1/16/02 kishuta Simple, yet well performed. 4 stars
1/16/02 The Boy In The Designer Bubble Gee, do you think amovie can be made without celebrity kids? 2 stars
1/15/02 Marcus Skinner A movie that portrays some simple yet oft-overlooked values in life. Plus Jack Black!!!!!!! 5 stars
1/14/02 willyp even stoners will not chuckle. i am not hard to please! 1 stars
1/13/02 J I might give it a 5 in the future, but right now I'll go with M.F and Eric on giving it a 4 4 stars
1/13/02 bobbuttons jack black is fucking awesome 5 stars
1/12/02 Wee Funny ass movie! 5 stars
1/10/02 Joe The review is spot on. A very funny movie. 4 stars
1/08/02 Robert Surprisingly humorous and clever, if a bit cheesy at the end. Jack Black steals the show. 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  11-Jan-2002 (PG-13)

UK
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Australia
  22-Aug-2002


Directed by
  Jake Kasdan

Written by
  Mike White

Cast
  Colin Hanks
  Jack Black
  Chevy Chase
  John Lithgow
  Lily Tomlin
  Harold Ramis



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