Stealing Harvard (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  13 September 2002 (USA)
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A middle-class man turns to a life of crime in order to finance his niece's first year at Harvard University.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Honorable Emmett Cook
Uncle Jack
Zeus ...
Ken Magee ...
Liquor Store Clerk
Mary Gillis ...
Duff's Mom
Fidio the Lawyer


A man turns to a life of crime to pay for his niece's tuition for her first year at a prestigious university. His girlfriend also wants him to pay $30,000 for the down payment on a house; and his buddy is a bad influence on him. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A comedy about doing the wrong things... for the right reasons. See more »


Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, language and drug references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 September 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Say Uncle  »

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,041,521 (USA) (13 September 2002)


$13,973,532 (USA) (18 October 2002)

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Did You Know?


Owen Wilson was originally set to play Duff. See more »


The clock in the background disappears when Jason Lee is talking to his boss/father-in-law. See more »


Duff: The branch! Swing from the branch Rickey!
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Crazy Credits

There's several minutes of outtakes after all the credits. See more »


References S.W.A.T. (1975) See more »


Theme from S.W.A.T.
Written by Barry De Vorzon
Performed by Rhythm Heritage
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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An okay way to kill 80 minutes.
3 June 2009 | by (Maine) – See all my reviews

The plot is as simple as the film itself: John (Jason Lee) once made a promise to his niece that if she ever got accepted to college, he would pay her way. When the time arrives, he finds himself broke, and resorts to asking his loser buddy, Duff (Tom Green), for help. Clichés and hi-jinks ensue.

The film is surprisingly sterilized, especially when you consider its two stars: Jason Lee, a Kevin Smith alum, and Tom Green, the gross-out king who wrote, directed and starred in "Freddy Got Fingered." Lee is likable and congenial, if a bit soft, while Green relies more on physical humor and less on substance. He utters a few humorous lines here and there, but he is, in essence, just a prop. There are several other talented comedic actors such as Leslie Mann ("Big Daddy"), Megan Mullally (TV's "Will & Grace"), John C. McGinley (TV's "Scrubs") and of course, the amazing Martin Starr (TV's "Freaks & Geeks") who help keep the film fresh and funny, but unfortunately there's just not enough of them. The film is stacked with great and hilarious actors, but rarely takes advantage of this fact. As far as the humor goes, it forgoes the gross-out comedy of the time in an effort to yield rather tame and inoffensive results. And in its brief 82 minutes, it works. "Stealing Harvard" is hardly a classic, but if one were to sit down on a dead Sunday afternoon, kick back and relax with few expectations, it works. You'll likely get a few solid chuckles out of it, and it's innocent and simplistic plot makes for a good "turning off the brain" time.

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