Orange County (2002)

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Critic Consensus: 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 admission. Shaun is understandably furious, then, when he receives a rejection letter in the mail; after some detective work on his part, he realizes that his flaky counselor (Lily Tomlin) mistakenly sent the university the wrong papers. It's up to him to get to Stanford within 24 hours to set the record straight -- literally -- and he enlists the help of his slacker brother Lance (Jack Black) to do so. Orange County co-stars Catharine O'Hara and John Lithgow as Shaun and Lance's slightly unhinged parents; the film was directed by Jake Kasdan and written by Mike White, both of whom contributed to several episodes of Freaks and Geeks. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi
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PG-13 (for drug content, language and sexuality)
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Comedy
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$41,032,915.00
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Cast

Garry Marshall
as Arthur Gantner
Harold Ramis
as Don Durkett
Catherine O'Hara
as Cindy Buegler
Ben Stiller
as Firefighter (uncredited)
Chevy Chase
as Principal Harbert
Kevin Kline
as Marcus Skinner (uncredited)
John Lithgow
as Bud Brumder
Jack Black
as Lance
Mike White
as Mr. Burke
Lily Tomlin
as Charlotte Cobb
Leslie Mann
as Krista
Colin Hanks
as Shaun Brumder
Schuyler Fisk
as Ashley
Monica Keena
as Gretchen
George Murdock
as Bob Beugler
Lizzy Caplan
as Party Girl
Carly Pope
as Tanya
Dana Ivey
as Vera Gantner
Fran Kranz
as Shane Brainard
Manu Intiraymi
as Male Student
David Doty
as Public Safety
Sarah Hagan
as Sarah
Sarah Loew
as Party Girl
RJ Knoll
as Chad
Beth Gains
as Mrs. Durkett
Carolyn Wilson
as Butch Female Janitor
Shawn Soong
as Stoner
Grace Bustos
as Cheerleader
Brianna Shebby
as Stephanie Durkett
Leslie Appleyard
as Gina Durkett
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Critic Reviews for Orange County

All Critics (121) | Top Critics (31)

[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.

Full Review… | August 5, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

The urine-quaffing gags and hearty barfing asides are the lowbrow price extracted for...gestures towards semi-intelligence.

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

[T]oo many of these gross out scenes...

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

January 22, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

One of the smartest idiotic teen comedies you'll ever see.

Full Review… | January 18, 2002
CNN.com
Top Critic

Lessons are learned amid the scatological yucks, profitless cameos (Chevy Chase, Ben Stiller), and Black's graceless mugging.

January 15, 2002
Village Voice
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Orange County

½

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.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Meh.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

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