Orange County

Orange County

3.7 10
Director: Jake Kasdan

Cast: Colin Hanks, Jack Black, Catherine O'Hara

     
 

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Some cast and crew from NBC's highly acclaimed, little-seen series Freaks and Geeks reunite for this teen comedy that also marks the first starring role for Tom Hanks' son, Colin. The younger Hanks plays Shaun Brumder, a high schooler eager to propel himself out of the land of surf bums and ranch homes to which the film's title refers. He's had his sights setSee more details below

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Some cast and crew from NBC's highly acclaimed, little-seen series Freaks and Geeks reunite for this teen comedy that also marks the first starring role for Tom Hanks' son, Colin. The younger Hanks plays Shaun Brumder, a high schooler eager to propel himself out of the land of surf bums and ranch homes to which the film's title refers. He's had his sights set on Stanford ever since he read the works of professor Marcus Skinner (Kevin Kline), and his transcript is stellar enough to gain him admission. Shaun is understandably furious, then, when he receives a rejection letter in the mail; after some detective work on his part, he realizes that his flaky counselor (Lily Tomlin) mistakenly sent the university the wrong papers. It's up to him to get to Stanford within 24 hours to set the record straight -- literally -- and he enlists the help of his slacker brother Lance (Jack Black) to do so. Orange County co-stars Catharine O'Hara and John Lithgow as Shaun and Lance's slightly unhinged parents; the film was directed by Jake Kasdan and written by Mike White, both of whom contributed to several episodes of Freaks and Geeks.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
A wildly dysfunctional family is just one of the obstacles confronting a sensitive high school senior in the fast-paced teen comedy Orange County. Shaun Brumder (Colin Hanks) is a college-bound aspiring writer whose plans to attend Stanford and escape his uninspiring upper-middle-class surroundings are derailed when his school counselor sends in the wrong transcript. Shaun's drunken mother (Catherine O'Hara) and stoned brother (Jack Black) complicate his desperate attempts to rectify the mistake, while his workaholic father (John Lithgow) provides scant moral support. Orange County arrives with an interesting pedigree: Colin Hanks is the Tom Hanks's son; co-star Schuyler Fisk (Shaun's girlfriend) is Sissy Spacek's daughter; director Jake Kasdan (Zero Effect) is the son of writer-director Lawrence Kasdan. These tinseltown links translate into a plethora of strong cameo roles, including bits from Chevy Chase, Ben Stiller, Lily Tomlin, and Harold Ramis. The film has loads of light-hearted humor and the plot moves along at a satisfyingly brisk clip. And while leads Hanks and Fisk remain coolly tranquil amid the chaos, it's the supporting cast that distinguishes Orange County. O'Hara, Black, and Lithgow deliver demented charm that keeps their scenes working, and the whole affair is crowned by Kevin Kline's engagingly dead-pan performance as the author Brumder idolizes. Ultimately, there is a lot of typical teen humor in Orange County. Yet, despite the sex, drugs, and rock and roll, it comes with a PG-13 rating. Expect nothing more or less than some good clean fun.
All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Director Jake Kasdan's shaggy, haphazard teen comedy scores points for its likable (if miscast) leads and some inspired comic situations, but it's hard to think of the film as anything more than a missed opportunity. Orange County's scant 81-minute running time may provide some clues as to why: The best jokes in Mike White's mildly subversive script were most likely left on the cutting-room floor to avoid an "R" rating. What's left is a hodgepodge of gags about sex, substance abuse, and class privilege, some of which are spot-on in lampooning Southern Californian affluence, while others feel half-baked and perfunctory. Kasdan shoves the film along at a sprightly pace, but the economy comes at a price: The quick cutting and frequent close-ups rob County of its atmosphere and style, and most every role feels like an extended cameo. Even the inspired supporting work by Jack Black, Kevin Kline, and Catharine O'Hara fails to make an impression. On the plus side, the film's wall-to-wall pop
ock soundtrack -- a prerequisite for an MTV Films release -- makes room for some unexpected pleasures, including several sun-kissed Brian Wilson tracks and even a running parody of Crazy Town's corny hit single, "Butterfly."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers
A deft script by Mike White ... elevates the usual teen twaddle by grounding the laughs in feeling.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert

One of those movies like Ghost World and Legally Blonde where the description can't do justice to the experience.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/12/2002
UPC:
0097363359234
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Paramount

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Colin Hanks Shaun Brumder
Jack Black Lance
Catherine O'Hara Cindy Beugler
Schuyler Fisk Ashley
John Lithgow Bud Brumder
Harold Ramis Don Durkett
Jane Adams Mona
Garry Marshall Arthur Gantner
Dana Ivey Vera Gantner
Chevy Chase Principal Harbert
Lily Tomlin Charlotte Cobb
George Murdock Bob Beugler
Leslie Mann Krista
Kyle Howard Arlo
RJ Knoll Chad
Bret Harrison Lonny Munsack
Monica Keena Gretchen
Carly Pope Tanya
Mike White Mr. Burke
Daniel Farber Lucas

Technical Credits
Jake Kasdan Director
Michael Andrews Score Composer
Scott Aversano Producer
Carey Dietrich Asst. Director
Felicia Fasano Casting
Gary Frutkoff Production Designer
Herbert W. Gains Executive Producer
David Gale Producer
Greg Gardiner Cinematographer
Anne McCarthy Casting
Debra McGuire Costumes/Costume Designer
Manish Raval Musical Direction/Supervision
Scott Rudin Producer
Adam Schroeder Executive Producer
Steven Schwartz Set Decoration/Design
Tara Timpone Editor
Van Toffler Producer
Mary Vernieu Casting
Keith A. Wester Sound/Sound Designer
Mike White Screenwriter
Tom Wolfe Musical Direction/Supervision

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