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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lonny (as Brett Harrison)
R.J. Knoll ...
Chad (as RJ Knoll)


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:

Nix wie raus aus Orange County  »

Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$41,032,915 (USA) (22 March 2002)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jake Kasdan's father, Lawrence Kasdan, also wrote the screenplays for Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). John Lithgow played Yoda in the National Public Radio adaptation of the films. See more »


When Jake jumps down off the table, you can see a paw on Bob's lap from a second dog that was removed entirely from the movie. See more »


Firefighter: What's your name?
Lance: Uh, Joe... John... uh, Joe-John.
Firefighter: Your name's Joe-John?
Lance: John-ston, Johnston. Joe.
Firefighter: You wanna tell me what happened here?
Lance: Uh, there was a fire, I dunno, I came by and it's... checkin out the fire.
Firefighter: Well that lady uh, Mona? She said that you two were in the building together when the fire started.
Lance: Yeah, she's a liar, cuz I dunno her so whatever, whatever she says is a lie, so...
Firefighter: K, so you're saying you weren't in the building with that woman?
Lance: No, not I! Aright, she started it, ...
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Crazy Credits

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 »


References Coyote Ugly (2000) See more »


Lay Down Burden
Written by Brian Wilson and Joseph Thomas
Performed by Brian Wilson
Courtesy of Giant Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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User Reviews

Very good
16 December 2003 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I must say, I really enjoyed "Orange County." It's not a truly important cinematic masterpiece, but what were you expecting--"Gone With the Wind"? This movie is a lot of fun and I never get sick of it. Jack Black plays the brother absolutely wonderfully. He cracked me up about 90 times throughout the movie.

Overall, a very enjoyable, fun movie. Watch it if you want to kill some time.

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