Orange County

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Released 2002

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Director:
Jake Kasdan
Released:
2002
Rating:
PG-13

Orange County stars Colin Hanks as Shaun Brumder, a surfer kid from an affluent family who lives the typical California slacker lifestyle. Shaun (Hanks) and his best friend, Lonny (Bret Harrison), party and drink their way through high school, until Lonny dies in a surfing accident. Lonny's unexpected death causes Shaun to re-examine his life, and his plans for the future. He knows he wants more from his life than his drug-addled brother, Lance (Jack Black), and his alcoholic mother, Cindy (Catherine O'Hara), are willing to settle for. Completely turning his life around, Shaun earns high marks in school, and aces his SAT's, hoping for acceptance to Stanford University. His carefully laid plans go badly awry, however, when his flighty guidance counselor, Ms. Cobb (Lily Tomlin), fails to send the proper transcript with his Stanford application. With his dreams crushed, the slacker turned class president knows he has to plead his case to the Stanford admissions office. Shaun sets off on a road trip to Stanford, accompanied by his girlfriend, Ashley (Schuyler Fisk), and brother Lance, hoping against hope his last-ditch efforts will work to his advantage. Orange County features an all-star cast including Kevin Kline, John Lithgow and Harold Ramis.

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Metacritic Score

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Starts out deliriously funny but allows sentimentality to squeeze it to a pulp by the time it's over.

  • 60

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A fine group of comic performers manages to keep the screen worth looking at despite the obsessively one-note nature of this curious matchup between MTV Films and producer Scott Ru...

  • 50

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    The gags and subplots, rather than adding up to sustained hilarity, compete with each other.

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