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Orange County (2002)



Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 121
Fresh: 56 | Rotten: 65

Smarter than the average teen movie, but a little on the unmemorable side.


Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 19

Smarter than the average teen movie, but a little on the unmemorable side.



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Some cast and crew from NBC's highly acclaimed, little-seen series Freaks and Geeks reunite for this teen comedy that also marks the first starring role for Tom Hanks' son, Colin. The younger Hanks plays Shaun Brumder, a high schooler eager to propel himself out of the land of surf bums and ranch homes to which the film's title refers. He's had his sights set on Stanford ever since he read the works of professor Marcus Skinner (Kevin Kline), and his transcript is stellar enough to gain him



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Jun 18, 2002


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All Critics (125) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (56) | Rotten (65) | DVD (22)

[Kasdan] and White aim very low here and fail to take advantage of the abundant opportunities for social satire that its upper class and academic settings provide.

August 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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The urine-quaffing gags and hearty barfing asides are the lowbrow price extracted for...gestures towards semi-intelligence.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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[T]oo many of these gross out scenes...

January 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Strictly a vanity vehicle with a mess of star babies on board.

January 22, 2002
Washington Post
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One of the smartest idiotic teen comedies you'll ever see.

January 18, 2002 Full Review Source:
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Lessons are learned amid the scatological yucks, profitless cameos (Chevy Chase, Ben Stiller), and Black's graceless mugging.

January 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Stupid movie pushes boundaries of PG-13.

December 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

It won't stick with you forever, but you will enjoy it while it lasts.

August 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Second-generation Hollywood wrestles with but never truly pins down this big-hearted, broad and often flat comedy...

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

With minimal gross-out quota, Kasdan's sure-footed approach mixes a teen farce and a morality tale.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

If all you're looking for is a mild comedy with four or five solid laughs and a whole bunch of familiar faces, you could do worse.

March 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

╔ claro que os pais famosos do diretor e dos dois protagonistas ajudaram a viabilizar este projeto, mas o fato Ú que o filme Ú engrašado e merece aplausos.

November 18, 2003
Cinema em Cena effective and surprisingly funny teen comedy.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The sight of Black burning down an entire admin block during a moment of passion would warm up any winter.

April 1, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

It is a notch above the usual tripe we get from MTV films - but it's not a very big notch

March 19, 2003 Full Review Source:

Refreshingly, it's not as lowbrow or silly as your typical youth-oriented comedy of late.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

...Second-rate teen comedy...

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Engages us in constant fits of laughter, until we find ourselves surprised at how much we care about the story, and end up walking out not only satisfied but also somewhat touched.

November 26, 2002

This is mostly weak stuff, with a timid and reactionary final message about how it's better to stay in your home town, rather than go for a big-city college education.

November 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Though there are no real belly laughs or any Farrelly-like set pieces, this is still a better than average comedy, thanks to its witty script and its amusing collection of characters.

November 9, 2002 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

This Orange has some juice, but it's far from fresh-squeezed.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix

The Farrelly brothers should take notes.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

The script, written by Mike White of Chuck & Buck fame, also has a subversive, satirical vein that sets it apart from the usual roster of dumb-and-dumber romps.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: BBC

Orange County is a likable curiosity, but never more. If it's remembered at all, it will be as the starting point for a new generation of Hollywood stars.

September 13, 2002

Audience Reviews for Orange County

Just a fun movie with a giant heart, impossible to not love. The characters are outrageous and believable at the same time, it's really well shot and tells an important story and unique coming of age experience. It manages to cover all the distasteful parts of a family and capitalize on them, which has never quite been done in the same way before or since. Colin Hanks isn't just a wimpy and angsty teen with too many issues, his problems are real and relatable to most. Jack Black probably gives one of his best performances as Lance, he's never been funnier or more lovable. I think that it shows how terrible and happy life can be at the same time.
October 2, 2010

Super Reviewer

Not the best, but definitely wacky with a turn for Schuyler Fisk. Just ignore Jack Black and you'll enjoy it.
August 3, 2010

Super Reviewer

A good film with some good laughs but ultimately I was a little disappointed as I'd been told it was the greatest film ever and it isn't.
September 30, 2009

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    1. Lance: Do you want me to get naked and start the revolution.
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