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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.

Director:

Jake Kasdan

Writer:

Mike White
3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Hanks ... Shaun Brumder
Jack Black ... Lance Brumder
Schuyler Fisk ... Ashley
Bret Harrison ... Lonny (as Brett Harrison)
Kyle Howard ... Arlo
R.J. Knoll R.J. Knoll ... Chad (as RJ Knoll)
Catherine O'Hara ... Cindy Beugler
Mike White ... Mr. Burke
John Lithgow ... Bud Brumder
Lily Tomlin ... Charlotte Cobb
George Murdock ... Bob Beugler
Lillian Hurst ... Lupe
Chevy Chase ... Principal Harbert
Olivia Rosewood ... Dana
Carly Pope ... Tanya
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

11 January 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nix wie raus aus Orange County See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,053,226, 13 January 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$41,032,915, 24 March 2002
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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jake Kasdan's father, Lawrence, 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 »

Goofs

When Ashley confronts Tanya about not helping Shaun get in to Stanford Ashley's left hand is placed on her hip. In the next shot, her left arm is down at her side and she now has her right hand on her hip. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Burke: Now, when I say "Romeo and Juliet," who comes to mind?
Dana: Claire Danes?
Mr. Burke: That's right, Claire Danes. Who else?
Chad: Leonardo DiCaprio.
Mr. Burke: Right. Who else? Well, you know someone else was involved in that movie who in some ways is as famous as Leonardo Di Caprio. And his name is William Shakespeare. And some great movies have been made based on his plays: Hamlet, West Side Story, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Waterworld, Gladiator, Chocolat...
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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 »

Connections

References Not Another Teen Movie (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

1st Time
by Sam Hollander, David Schommer, Chris Sobiech, Doug Ray Aaron Hendelman & Devon Callahan
Performed by Bad Ronald
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Is this the most underrated comedy of the 2000s?
24 April 2018 | by matthewssilverhammerSee all my reviews

An endlessly funny, fully realized universe that subverts its subjects and setting, all while clearly loving them. Almost like they were making a satire of turn-of-the-century teen life without denying its power ("Butterfly"). It has surprisingly strong things to say about idolizing your dreams, under appreciating what you have, and realizing the love you have for the family and friends who drive you crazy. An underappreciated and ahead-of-its-time teen comedy.


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