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Stealing Harvard (2002)

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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.

Director:

Bruce McCulloch

Writers:

Martin Hynes (story), Peter Tolan (story) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Lee ... John Plummer
Tom Green ... Walter P. 'Duff' Duffy
Leslie Mann ... Elaine Warner
Megan Mullally ... Patty Plummer
Dennis Farina ... Mr. Warner
Tammy Blanchard ... Noreen Plummer
Richard Jenkins ... Honorable Emmett Cook
Chris Penn ... David Loach
John C. McGinley ... Detective Charles
Seymour Cassel ... Uncle Jack
Zeus Zeus ... Rex
Ken Magee Ken Magee ... Butcher
Martin Starr ... Liquor Store Clerk
Mary Gillis Mary Gillis ... Duff's Mom
Bruce McCulloch ... Fidio the Lawyer
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Storyline

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

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Their intentions were honorable. Their methods were criminal. See more »

Genres:

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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Say Uncle See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,041,521, 15 September 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,973,532, 20 October 2002
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

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

Quotes

John: Duff? Don't you think you're taking a little bit too much off the top?
Duff: John, I know what i'm doing okay. I've got to taper it so the sunlight reaches the lower leaves during the growing season!
John: what about that string there?
Duff: ...the string is a guide John. It's just a guide!
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Crazy Credits

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

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Long On Love
Written by Marc Ferrari, Tommy Thayer and Michael Mulholland
Performed by Medicine Wheel
Courtesy of MasterSource
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Here's the thing...
30 November 2005 | by mrmlekodaySee all my reviews

I really loved this movie. Most of my friends really loved this movie. But it takes a rather rare breed to appreciate the type of comedy it employs. I'd definitely recommend it to anybody who likes Jason Lee--he's stellar as always.

Tom Green fans may not like it, though, because the comedy is rather subdued and very devoid of gross humor.

The jokes rely heavily on the chemistry between the slapstick guy and the straight man--Tom and Jason being phenomenal examples of these categories, respectively.

I say give it a try: if you hate it, you wasted less than 2 hours--big deal. But if you like it, chances are you'll love it.


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