Orange County Reviews

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August 6, 2008
[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.
January 26, 2006
The urine-quaffing gags and hearty barfing asides are the lowbrow price extracted for...gestures towards semi-intelligence.
November 19, 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.
October 15, 2002
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.
January 24, 2002
[T]oo many of these gross out scenes...
January 22, 2002
Strictly a vanity vehicle with a mess of star babies on board.
January 18, 2002
One of the smartest idiotic teen comedies you'll ever see.
January 15, 2002
Lessons are learned amid the scatological yucks, profitless cameos (Chevy Chase, Ben Stiller), and Black's graceless mugging.
January 12, 2002
It's derivative and tiresome with little more to offer than one might anticipate from a teen comedy road trip.
January 11, 2002
This one is geared more toward the volleyball players we see early on, leaping and spiking in the sand.
January 11, 2002
Full of keenly observed moments of intergenerational embarrassment, as a smarter-than-average teen movie Orange County falls somewhere smack in between Ghost World's depressive cynicism and Teen Movie's gleeful cliche-bashing.
January 11, 2002
This may be the dumbest, sketchiest movie on record about an aspiring writer's coming-of-age.
January 11, 2002
There are laugh-out-loud moments and some well-observed satire, but when the movie tries to get serious, it collapses.
January 11, 2002
A piece of mildly entertaining, inoffensive fluff that drifts aimlessly for 90 minutes before lodging in the cracks of that ever-growing category: unembarrassing but unmemorable.
January 11, 2002
It's not as gross or stupid as a lot of teen comedies. Just really thick-witted.
January 11, 2002
A modestly surprising movie.
January 11, 2002
Pale, stale teen comedy with a (lame) message.
January 11, 2002
The essential problem in Orange County is that, having created an unusually vivid set of characters worthy of its strong cast, the film flounders when it comes to giving them something to do.
January 11, 2002
Just when it seemed there was no other possible way to copy a cat, they prove you wrong.
January 11, 2002
Young Hanks and Fisk, who vaguely resemble their celebrity parents, bring fresh good looks and an ease in front of the camera to the work.
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