Orange County (2002) - Comedy, Drama

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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.

IMDB: 6.2
Director: Jake Kasdan
Stars: Colin Hanks, Jack Black
Length: 82 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 46 out of 223 found boring (20.62%)

One-line Reviews (112)

I had to watch this movie in two sittings, because I was so bored during the first 45 minutes I fell asleep.

But it's not even spectacularly dumb; it is basically inert, unremarkable, and entirely predictable.

This silly, sentimental satire about a high school graduate who dreams about attending Stanford University in sunny California, so he can study creative writing under an author he idolizes amounts to a contrived, half-squeezed comedy of errors.

Therefore, while it begins like a leg-pulling exercise, it delivers a valuable lesson, and the journey in between is entirely enjoyable.

Everything comes together in the end in the most predictable of ways.

This was one of the worst movies I have seen.

schuyler fisk was a refreshing new face, john lithgow and catherine o'hara as hanks' parents were a riot, but the whole movie was really held together by jack black, who's comedic interjections always seemed to break up any tension and move along the slow portions of the movie (which for a 82 minute movie, there were a few).

It has it's moments, mostly those featuring a young Jack Black, but apart from that it's very predictable fair.

Nothing really matters at this point, and yet we have another (drawn-out and totally useless) half-an-hour to go.

But I wouldn't want to leave out Jack Black, Catherine O'Hara or John Lithgow.


Like a slow, unfunny Risky Business .

I finally shut it down during the scene with Garry Marshall, after they were interrupted for the third time by some extremely contrived, embarrassing spectacles, culminating in Jack Black's entrance in his underwear.

Colin Hanks the son of Tom Hanks gives a riveting performance as Shuan Braumder who is a character almost all people can relate to as he strives for a better future as he embarks on a mission to get accepted into Stanford University to become an author while dealing with his hilariously dysfunctional family and the angst of teenhood.

All this adds up to an enjoyable little movie experience.

The story is dumb and the performances are uniformaly bad, with the exception of Catherine O'Hara as the dimwitted mother who is entertaining.

Whether it be his incompetent college guidance counselor, his `illiterate' English teacher, his alcoholic mother, his insensitive father, his maniacal, perpetually wasted brother, or his empty-headed, directionless surf buddies, Shaun seems surrounded by people who, whether consciously or unconsciously, seem determined to bring him down to their level.

Boring, unfunny, DATED.

It's slow, dull, and really has no plot or purpose.

Predictable, Stupid MTV Produced Trash for the Tattooed, Nose Ring Crowd .

Orange County is a predictable, new age teen comedy.

If you are ready to waste your time with a bad film, go right ahead, but for true movie lovers, spend your money on something else!

This little gem was an unexpected find with cameos a plenty ranging from Ben Stiller to Kevin Kline.

Like I said before truly a new comical breed or the Coming of Age tale.

I recently saw Orange County on DVD and I honestly have to say it was enjoyable.

Don't waste your money.

not great, but entertaining .

Thee somewhat trite realisation that he didn't have to leave home at the end of the movie didn't ring true for me either.

if you had great expectations for this movie, then i'd give you maybe a rating of 3 or 4 out of 10, but if you're looking for something cute and entertaining while being relatively banal, then it's worthy of an 8 out of 10.

Maybe they should have settled for someone important confusing student names in their written recommendations.

This movie felt kinda slow (except black of course).

I found inspiration from a movie that, I'll admit, thought looked like garbage but saw it because I was bored.

The assorted cast of famous faces also made this worth watching (Ben Stiller did well as a fatigued fireman and Harold Ramis was funny as the stoned dean of admissions).

For those reasons, I figured the film was worth watching, so I watched it for the first time earlier this year.

If you want to see a good coming of age comedy, see Dazed and Confused.

) and entertaining cameos.

This movie was a total waste of time.

Beyond pointless and stupid .

This was a thoroughly enjoyable film with a great back-up cast full of veteran actors and comedians including Garry Marshall, Harold Ramis, Lily Tomlin, Chevy Chase, Kevin Kline, Ben Stiller and many others.

Mildly entertaining if somewhat way overdone "comedy".

School sucks), the parents who are oblivious to their kid's wants, and most importantly the unexpected inspiration.

Terrible acting with ridiculous cameos by good actors turns this into the WORST MOVIE OF THE YEAR.

don't waste your money .

This movie gave me the opportunity to set a new personal record, The Earliest I Have Ever Walked Out of A Movie.

)To sum it up, it is probably better than the rest of the teen movies, but it is still ho-hum for the rest of the crowd.

A lot of comic talent was sadly wasted, but nonetheless it was a pleasant and mildly entertaining way to spend an hour and twenty minutes.

That's not a great premise, and it's an even worse movie, because from there, all the gags follow a predictable, by-the-numbers course.

Without being a great film, this flick is entertaining with some funny parts, thanks to Jack Black.

The rest of the cast has to fill the "assignments" of being vile, uninteresting putrid examples of dysfunctional Americans (or at least Southern Californians).

Personally, I found it entertaining to compare the mannerisms and acting styles of Collin Hanks with those of his fathers' (Tom Hanks).

What happens if you really want to leave your small town you grew up in for something bigger?

"Orange County needed a stronger, more unusual ending to compliment the offbeat, but very enjoyable vibe the rest of the of the movie gives off.

While this teen flick was not a great or memorable movie by any means, it was at least very nice and very entertaining.

Waste of money and time .

It's pointless, far fetched, boring and totally dumb.

An unexpected appearance by John Lithgow as the harsh rich father who wants his son to inherit the business, not go off to Stanford and study writing, and a really funny cameo by writer Mike White (or, as I knew him, Buck from "Chuck & Buck") as a "valley" English teacher are additional reasons to enjoy the film.

Waste your money on that instead.

Fisk is fairly bland as Shaun's animal rights activist girlfriend.

Lame story, no direction, unfunny premise, unfunny acting, shallow characters, pointless.

youngsters are given an education in the way of the world by coming of age into a bizarre and seemingly out of control society, surrounded by kooks, where they learn to rely on themselves and make life what they want it to be.

What I loved most about this film was how it is (in some ways) a very realistic coming of age comedy that strangely reflected my own life.

Maybe coz Jack Black is in it, and as usual he is very good, but man the film is complete shit, boring, cliched, and every other negative word you can think of.

The film has lots of fresh faces and lots of familiar ones as well and is lively enough to make it a reasonably enjoyable watch for teens and some terminally bored adults.

When the main character - played by bland Colin Hanks, son of Tom - finally arrives at the college of his dreams, within ten minutes he's accidentally given the dean of admissions (a portly Harold Ramis) enough "X" to blind a horse, and to top it off, his zany drugged-out brother (using every stoner cliché in the book including the usual "WOW!

I can't say that this is a "Oscar nomination movie", but it was a very entertaining movie.

Ha ha ha, maybe a little stupid yeah sure but the randomness of this movie is what makes it so unpredictable.

Don't waste your time, money or brain cells.

The film works on a layered balance of clever dialogue, an engaging lead, a vastly talented ensemble of characters that must be seen to be believed, and a who's who of comic talent shining brightly in this highly engaging comedy of errors.

I probably enjoyed it more for the fact that I didn't see it in the theatres and felt that the DVD and its extras and other options provided a better movie watching experience.

it's so pretentious.

What ensues is best described as a melee of confusion and destruction.

It wasnt funny at all, it had no point, no surprise ending, very predictable, just stupid, stupid, stupid.

Colin Hanks really puts emotion and innocence in his role that makes it worth watching (then again he learned from the best).

Coming of age, adult/youth themes.

So is his brother, despite his slow, uninspiring persona.

I Hid My Face in Shame as I Left the Theater .

This is the second film that I've sat through that was scripted by Mike White (the other was pointless Aniston vehicle "The Good Girl") and it will probably be my last.

If I remember correctly I rented this nice little movie just because I couldn´t find anything else, it had John Lithgow and the reviews on the DVD package suggested an enjoyable comedy.

Perhaps this proposed story arc would have been too "formulaic" for the writer, but it may have sustained the enjoyable comedy-of--errors feel of the film that it so desperately needed to sustain to keep the audience laughing.

Shawn stalls and stutters to orate a compelling case in the moment when it matters.

This was easily the worst movie I have ever seen.

Then it seems as if they were too bored, too tired or too rushed to actually think up and write an ending.

Overall the film is greatly average but the comedy makes it well worth watching at least once, especially when Lance (Jack Black) and the girl he just slept with walk out the door of the building they just set alight, wearing only underwear and fucked off their heads, where Lance proceeds to talk rubbish to Ben Stiller (playing a cameo fireman).

If your a serious film watcher, give this one a miss, but if you want a easily enjoyable film experience go and watch Orange County.


While not all of these movies are even in the same genre, they are all movies worth watching.

He is kind of bland.

It's not going to change your life, but it's highly entertaining, endearing, blah, blah, blah.

A very enjoyable soundtrack helps move the story along.

I found it quite enjoyable.

Most of the movie has Shaun trying to fix this with some very unexpected occurrences!

One thing that becomes the top priority on his list is escaping the inherently listless and seemingly mundane town of Orange County, where nobody takes anything with an ounce of seriousness and everyone seems to be self-indulgent and careless.

Now, this movie is not what you would expect when you hit the play button, but it is lively entertaining.

Banal story, absurd jokes and lame dialogues.

Don't waste your time on this one!

LEGALLY BLONDE (also about college) was fresh and funny, but ORANGE COUNTY is flat and predictable.

Orange County is a sweet coming of age movie that evokes memories of film's like The Graduate.

The enjoyable plot, without the pointless "American Pie" style insults, wandering for a car or bathing in urine, makes you really laugh on an intellectual basis.

The writing is terrible (trys hard to follow the same teen genre crap as American Pie and 10 Things I hate about you).

Apart from the cameos and Black, however, the comedy was surprisingly trite, especially coming from the writer of "Chuck and Buck," who could have delved so beautifully into the dark, comedic potential of the totalitarian state that IS Orange County.

"Later, Colin's girlfriend is singing the song to herself with her headphones on, in a scene that was only put in the movie to introduce a dog (following the formulaic nature of the film, the producers must have said, "people loved the dog in _There's Something About Mary_...

I must say I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed it.

Overall, this is a surprisingly good comedy thats well worth watching.


In the first half, the film seems to be motivated by his love (which seems like a much lighter and more enjoyable motivation) for this dream of being a writer and studying under his hero.

Both of these movies were at least entertaining somewhat.

Overall the film was entertaining.

Well, the movie is more entertaining than the marketing campaign makes you believe.

This is the WORST movie I have ever not seen.

Waste of time and money .

(See her heinous perf in Home Fries, the actual worst movie ever made) Jack Black became an official sell-out with this movie.

The start of a new breed of Coming of Age tales.