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?


Even though the movie is set and filmed in the US, a few distinctly Canadian items do appear in the movie, such as cases of Moosehead beer and a Canada 3000 handbag. See more »


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


Duff: I'm not goin' in.
John: What?
Duff: Someone has to watch in case he comes home.
John: I thought you said he was going to be out all night.
Duff: He *will* be out all night.
John: Then why do we need a look-out?
Duff: We don't. Just go in.
John: You go in.
Duff: Look, I'm not the one that needs the money. Why should I assume the risk?
John: What risk?
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Crazy Credits

Jason Lee is listed in the main titles as "Ja$on Lee" See more »


Spoofs The Usual Suspects (1995) See more »


Everything You Want
Written by Brooke Ramel and Johnny Pierce
Performed by Brooke Ramel
Courtesy of Kid Gloves Music
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A really good flick, worth a watch
6 December 2004 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

Okay, okay. Bad premise, bad script. Otherwise, this is a good film played for laughs. Jason Lee, Tom Green and Megan Mullally are all on fine form, playing the characters we have come to expect from them.

In particular, Jason Lee is his typical self here, playing the slightly angry yet humorous good guy. For some, Tom Green may be too wacky, but his character, Duff, is like a toned-down version of himself, so it will surely prove bearable for his naysayers.

Some really good comedy moments and a few nice set pieces are enough to make up for an otherwise silly and clichéd film. Definitely worth a watch, I found it really enjoyable in a switched-off-brain sort of way.

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