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
While at the Dean's house, Ashley asks Shaun about his brother's aspirin (drugs) and Shaun reacts shocked and nervous as if he somehow already knew she gave some to the Dean, but he was out in the car obtaining his transcript when she did that - so obviously he would not have known. See more »
by Les Farrington & Daniel Harville
Performed by Sugarbomb
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label, a unit of BMG Entertainment
Under license from BMG Special Products See more »
Warm and funny, but also loose and fragmented
Orange County has charm, but lacks development. Colin Hanks and Jack Black do well in their respective roles, pretty much straightlaced Hanks reacting in shock to his brother Black's drug-induced pandemonium. Hanks loves his brother who tries his best to help him out, as high as he is. This caring carries the story, and pretty much makes us forgive many of the plot holes and missed backgrounding and other types of story lacks. The actors make Orange County warm and funny and likable, and they all have a believable chemistry too. In lesser hands Orange County wouldve been underwhelming because of how fragmented important parts of the story are, but the cast saves it. Nevertheless Orange County has memorable moments and a good soundtrack (being an MTV production) and a genuine depth in terms of what emotions the actors manage to get across rather than what they actually get to say or do. Decent!
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