Orange County

2002 "It's not just a place. It's a state of mind."
6.2| 1h22m| PG-13| en| More Info
Released: 10 January 2002 Released
Producted By: Paramount
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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 dysfunctional family household. Except Shaun runs into one complication after another, starting when his application is rejected after his dim-witted guidance counselor sends in the wrong form.

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Scanialara You won't be disappointed!
BlazeLime Strong and Moving!
ThrillMessage There are better movies of two hours length. I loved the actress'performance.
Zandra The movie turns out to be a little better than the average. Starting from a romantic formula often seen in the cinema, it ends in the most predictable (and somewhat bland) way.
JohnHowardReid In my opinion, a movie comedy needs more than just an endless cast of characters who are such confirmed idiots that everything they say and do is either laughably stupid or so totally haywire that they never learn from the appalling results of their stupidity, but go on making the same blunders from first to last. Not only do they never wake up to themselves, the very few normal people they come into contact with, do virtually nothing to put them right. True, there seem to be only three or four normal people in the whole of Orange County, and they have very, very, very, very minor roles. Just about all the main characters are full-blown idiots, and those few support characters who are not full-blown idiots could well be described as half-blown idiots who should make some efforts to wake up to themselves. True, in many cases they are usually somewhat amusing, but in my opinion clowns, half-wits and dopes need to be surrounded by plenty of normal, everyday people, if only for contrast, let alone verisimilitude! The normal people need not be geniuses. In fact, they may not even be very bright, but they are not going to quickly slip on the carpet or immediately fall down the stairs, or tumble off a ladder as soon as they mount three or four rungs, or inevitably crash their cars as soon as they sit in the driver's seat, or accidentally set a huge building on fire by lighting a match.To sum up, in my opinion, brain diseases are not something to inspire hilarity. True, I laughed at some of the catastrophic episodes, but I feel guilty about it.
TheMarwood Orange County is as light as a feather, but almost consistently entertaining about a frustrated high school senior with high hopes to get into Stanford and leave his crazy family and vacuous town behind. But when his dim bulb guidance counselor mixes up his transcript with that of a moronic burn out, he goes into panic mode to undue the damage and get himself into his dream school which rejected him. His trainwreck of a family are the obstacles that keep his plans from ever materializing into anything but embarrassing defeats. The first two acts are basically episodic comedic situations, but there's enough wit and manic energy here to overcome the TV episode feel to most of the film. With barely the running time of a feature film, Orange County missteps a bit in the last act, which takes place at Stanford and while some of the situations still prove funny - the dean of admissions played by Harold Ramis accidentally taking ecstasy is an inspired bit - it feels more like an overlong screenplay deviation than a last act. Kasdan and Hanks put enough effort and charm into the picture to counter any arguments of nepotism, but Schuyler Fisk has zero screen presence and the charm of a dead goat. Orange County has enough heart to coast by and while not exactly the most memorable film, is funny enough to recommend.
sheepmonk2000 This movie is terrible. It's pointless, far fetched, boring and totally dumb. The acting in it is fine but the script their all working from is cr*p and at not one point did I find myself laughing whilst watching this movie, which is a serious point to consider as it's meant to be a comedy. In fact, it appears to try and emulate other movies of this ilk i.e road trip, goofy sidekicks, and zany family members. However, none of these formulaic themes save this movie from the meandering pacing, the poor choice of score and the overall ludicrously of the plot. My advice is to stay away from this rubbish and go and rent 'Roadtrip' instead as that film is at least funny in parts. The only trip this film is heading on, however, is on a one way trip down my garbage shoot. 2/10 (1*)
g-bodyl This is one of the funniest movies I have seen in a long time. I am a big fan of teen films such as this and the American Pie series. I was laughing at every joke in this movie. This movie did not do well at the box office considering what an all-star cast this movie has. It should have done better.Basically, this film is about Shaun Brumder. He has an extremely dysfunctional family and he has a goal to get into Stanford. But, when his college counselor accidentally sent in the wrong application, things will get complicated.The acting is excellent. Colin Hanks did a great job as the only normal person in his family. Jack Black definitely did a great job as the druggie brother. Everyone else in this outstanding all-star cast did an excellent job.This movie cracked me up. Most of the jokes were original. The funniest scene happened to be a scene that has Jack Black and some firefighter that's not.Overall, this is a hilarious film, one of the best comedies of this decade. I rate this film 10/10.