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Orange County (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 11 January 2002 (USA)
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.

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Comedy | Drama

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

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11 January 2002 (USA)  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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$15,053,226 (USA) (13 January 2002)

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$41,032,915 (USA) (24 March 2002)
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Catherine O'Hara and Dana Ivey also appeared in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992). See more »

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When Shaun goes to ask his father for help in getting into Stanford, his father is wearing a grey sweater. A short while later he is wearing a black shirt. See more »

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Shaun: You think you're going to create a T-shirt company? You can't even dress yourself!
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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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References Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) See more »

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...Baby One More Time
Written by Max Martin
Performed by Britney Spears
Courtesy of Jive Records
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Best comedy I've seen in ages.
11 May 2004 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

I have laughed so hard or so frequently in so long, too long. Orange County is quite possibly one of the best comedies of the past few years. I absolutely love it. To be honest I had little faith in Jake Kasdan after Zero Effect (which had Zero Effect on me) but this movie shows he has a real sense of humor and he balances it perfectly with outrageous characters and an untypically good-natured comedy plot.

Shaun Brumner (Colin Hanks in a wacky performance) is refused entry to Stanford University because his dunderheaded College Counsellor mailed them the wrong the transcripts. He recruits his slobbish brother (an even wackier Jack Black) and his girlfriend to help him in increasingly desperate and far-fetched methods of convincing Stanford to reconsider. It may sound like a dumb story but the characters and situations surrounding it provoke the maximum amount of laughter.

The two leads are particularly impressive and show natural comic genius that makes me beg for more from these characters. Keep a look out for loads of cameos from Chevy Chase, Harold Ramis, Ben Stiller and Kevin Kline. And it's loads better than that crappy O.C. TV show.

The DVD is in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen with Dolby 5.1 sound. The extras are great with a commentary from Kasdan, deleted scenes which actually should have stayed in the movie and loads of TV spots with scenes especially created. You must get this. Everybody needs to laugh and laugh you will.


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