Orange County

6.21 h 22 min2002X-RayPG-13
HD. California teen Colin Hanks goes to extremes to find a way to get admission into Stanford in this riotous teen comedy.
Jake Kasdan
Colin HanksJack BlackCatherine O'Hara
English [CC]
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Schuyler FiskJohn LithgowLily Tomlin
Scott AversanoHerb GainsDavid GaleScott RudinAdam SchroederVan Toffler
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4.7 out of 5 stars

884 global ratings

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elizabeth nolanReviewed in the United States on November 4, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Shaun Brumder is dying to get into Stanford to take a class his favorite author is teaching
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I wanted to see this movie so badly when it was in theaters, and didn't get to. I've seen it on dvd, TV, and on vhs. It's a movie I probably wouldn't have appreciated at the time or even understood. Shaun Brumder is dying to get into Stanford to take a class his favorite author is teaching. Everything that could go wrong possibly does. His counselor sends another Shaun's transcript to Stanford, a slacker Shaun with rotten grades, and when he sets up a meeting with someone from the school, his family ruins it for him. The family, consisting of a druggie brother, a falling apart, disabled rich husband, and a boozy wife who manage to bleed, embarrass and ruin things for Shaun. Shaun's druggie brother has a new idea, and Shaun is desperate enough to ride along with him. No matter how many times I see this movie, I laugh a lot. I think this is a very underrated film. Shaun's family gets most of the laughs, but you feel so bad for him. You want him to be able to go to the school he wants to, but at the same time, when you see him be nasty to his friends and girlfriend, you wish you could tell him to stop being a jerk and lighten up. it's a very over the top story, but a very funny, very underrated film.
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Ivan David LippensReviewed in the United States on December 17, 2017
2.0 out of 5 stars
Dad, buy me a ticket to Stanford, or I'll hate you forever!
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Has some Funny Moments, and is not nearly as inappropriate as most films on par with this style.
Actually has a pretty poignant message for this day-and-age.

Probably would've been a 3-star comedy if not for the fact that his parents spent a fortune donating a building to Stanford, and then he was like, "Hmmmm... NAH".

Just made me realize that he was a spoiled-rotten brat, at the end, even though the decision he came to was ultimately the better call.
So, I guess it was somewhat Entertaining, and even had a message with some real value, but everybody was so vapid, it kind of made me sad.
8 people found this helpful
joel wingReviewed in the United States on April 27, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Not funny Who thought a kid struggling to get into Stanford would be a comedy?
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In Orange County Colin Hanks was Shaun a slacker surfer High School senior. He wasn’t doing much with his life until he found a book by Marcus Skinner and that changes his life. He decides he wants to become a writer like Skinner and attend Stanford where he teaches at. The movie focuses upon Colin’s attempt to get into Stanford despite his friends who are a bunch of surf bums, his mom who is an alcoholic, his dad who remarried and has no real connection with his son, and his brother who is a drug addict. The problem is this is supposed to be. a comedy but it’s not funny. Instead, Shaun is just rather sad. You also had to wonder about the writers who thought it a good idea to make a funny story based upon someone not making it into Stanford. That really sounded like most people could relate to and would see comedy in.
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Here KittyKittyReviewed in the United States on October 20, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Funny, Goofy, with serious pieces
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Geared toward a younger crowd, but if your older it's still enjoyable. Some cussing but not as much as usual. Some sexual reference, but dont recall actual nudity. This is not my normal movie but it was good, kinda grows on you. some good laughs.
3 people found this helpful
Keenan JohnsonReviewed in the United States on July 28, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of my all-time favorites!
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Great movie, brings me back to my young and dumb skater years chilling and watching movies from a simpler time. The characters in this one are just awesome, and it's one of my favorites for Jack Black. If you enjoy random jokes and humor similar to super troopers, you'll love it just as much as I do!
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Angela G.Reviewed in the United States on August 14, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
I'm still laughing...
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(beware - minor spoilers coming up)

OMG... what a great movie!!! We laughed so much that our neighbors thought our family ha'd (finally) gone over the edge. Stellar performances from big name actors, all of whom worked so well together to turn in a timeless work of cinematic art and entertainment. This is a movie for every family member, friend, acquaintance, guidance counsellor, teacher or professor (heck, invite in a few strangers, the more the merrier) who ever wanted to, or knew someone who just wanted to leave home for a chance at a great education (Stanford in this case), could relate to.

Everyone in the film from the scene stealing nappy haired schizophrenic stray dog, to the idiot English teacher who thinks the movies Chocolat and the Talented Mr Ripley were based on actual Shakespeare plays, to the dotty guidance counsellor who denies sending in the wrong transcripts are equally relatable and intolerable at the same time. This film is funny, silly, sweet, charming, timeless, agonizing, wonderfully paced and always in top gear. When this movie is over you just might hear the collective consciousness of viewers everywhere yell "NOOOOOOOOO! WE NEED MORE!! ENCORE!! ENCORE!!".

Take a chance on this already cult classic - you can thank me as soon as the laughter dies down!!!
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daenerinReviewed in the United States on April 10, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Hilarious & Ridiculous
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This is a silly movie but one I can put on and laugh at no matter what mood I am in. There are a couple of things that didn't age well but Gary Marshall, Jack Black, Catherine O'Hara, and John Lithgow are absolutely hilarious.
Frangela-2Reviewed in the United States on December 6, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie - poor streaming on Amazon
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I absolutely love this movie! I own it, but couldn't find it when I really wanted to watch it with a family member, so I streamed it. Unfortunately the voice sync was way off when streamed on Amazon. Very aggravating!! Will make me think twice about streaming from Amazon again.
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