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Orange County (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  11 January 2002 (USA)
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A guidance counselor mistakenly sends out the wrong transcripts to Stanford University under the name of an over-achieving high schooler.



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Shaun Brumder is a local surfer kid from Orange County who dreams of going to Stanford to become a writer and to get away from his disfunctional family household. Except Shaun runs into one complication after another starting when his application is rejected after his dim-witted guidance counselor sends the wrong application. So, Shaun goes to great lengths with a little help from his girlfriend Ashley and his drugged-out loser brother Lance to get into Stanford any way they see fit. Written by Matthew Patay

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It's not just a place. It's a state of mind.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug content, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 January 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,053,226 (USA) (11 January 2002)


£325,507 (UK) (15 November 2002)

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Jack Black, Leslie Mann, and Ben Stiller all previously appeared in the movie, "The Cable Guy" (1996). See more »


The kid talking to Ashley at the party mentions that he got 50 bonus points for his use of the word "mazer" in Scrabble. 50 bonus points are awarded only when a player uses all of their letter tiles in a turn. You have 7 letter tiles per turn, so there is no way he could have received the 50 points under the rules of Scrabble. See more »


Cindy: So I married Bob, for you! I had sex with Bob four times for you! So how can you call me a bad mother?
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During the opening credits both the font of the credits and the way they are displayed are similar to that of the output of a typewriter. See more »


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19 March 2005 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

I came home from a hard day of work, and to tell the truth, I needed a melt down. That's maybe the only reason why I enjoyed this movie. Because I seriously had my doubts renting it, but I think that Jack Black is a very funny actor. All I needed was a good laugh and I got it. True, this is one of those "Dude, where's my brain?" movies. Sometimes you just need those though. The people I work with told me that this was a pretty stupid movie, and it is. But I think people shouldn't be in a serious mood for this movie. For an intelligent comedy or a good movie kind of day, no. This is not the movie for you, but if you need a meltdown after a hard day, then by all means give this movie a chance. It's really not that bad, and you get more than a few laughs. But still, if I were Colin Hank's character, I think I still would've wanted to go to Standford. :D 7/10

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