AppsScraps Movie Reviews

May 21, 2008

Orange County

Release date: 11 January 2002 (USA)

Though this 2002 film, directed by Jake Kasden, was filled with stars - Lily Tomlin, Chevy Chase, Jack Black, Catherine O'Hara and John Lithgow to centre out a few - it is essentially a watered down version of Ferris Bueller's Day Off and not one tenth as good. Colin Hanks stars as Shaun Brumder, a spacy surfer kid from - you got it - Orange County, California - who's only hope of escape from a thoroughly dysfunctional family is applying to Standford and becoming a writer. The plan goes awry when his guidance counsellor sends Standford the wrong application. Nonplused and determined to get into the school, Shaun concocts several ill-advised plans to make the grade, so to speak, including a disastrous meeting with Standford's Dean of Admissions at his parent's home, which was probably the funniest part of this film. Orange County is a film trying to have an independent edge but is really just a poor parody of films of this genre (and ones better done at that).

My rating 5 out of 10.

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