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Orange County (2002)



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

Movie Info

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, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for drug content, language and sexuality)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Mike White
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 18, 2002
Box Office: $41.0M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


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

All Critics (125) | Top Critics (33)

[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 6, 2008
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Stupid movie pushes boundaries of PG-13.

Full Review… | December 26, 2010
Common Sense Media

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

Full Review… | August 12, 2008

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

Full Review… | August 7, 2008
Sacramento News & Review

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

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
Empire Magazine

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.

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.

Super Reviewer


Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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