Orange County

January 11th, 2002


Orange County

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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.

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 6.1/10 (28,562 voted)

Critic's Score: 48/100

Director: Jake Kasdan

Stars: Colin Hanks, Jack Black, Schuyler Fisk

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 disfunctional family household. Except Shaun runs into one complication after another starting when his application is rejected after his dim-witted guidance counselor sends the wrong application. So, Shaun goes to great lengths with a little help from his girlfriend Ashley and his drugged-out loser brother Lance to get into Stanford any way they see fit.

Colin Hanks - Shaun Brumder
Jack Black - Lance Brumder
Schuyler Fisk - Ashley
Bret Harrison - Lonny (as Brett Harrison)
Kyle Howard - Arlo
R.J. Knoll - Chad (as RJ Knoll)
Catherine O'Hara - Cindy Beugler
Mike White - Mr. Burke
John Lithgow - Bud Brumder
Lily Tomlin - Charlotte Cobb
George Murdock - Bob Beugler
Lillian Hurst - Lupe
Chevy Chase - Principal Harbert
Olivia Rosewood - Dana
Carly Pope - Tanya

Taglines: It's not just a place. It's a state of mind.

Release Date: 11 January 2002

Filming Locations: California Institute of Technology - 1200 E. California Boulevard, Pasadena, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $15,053,226 (USA) (13 January 2002) (2317 Screens)

Gross: $41,032,915 (USA) (24 March 2002)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Jake Kasdan's father, Lawrence Kasdan, wrote the screenplay for Raiders of the Lost Ark. Colin Hanks's brother Chet Hanks appeared in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Continuity: When Shaun leaves the Frat party and starts to walk around the campus his hair is messed up. Then he meets Professor Skinner and his hair is neat and parted in the middle. After speaking with the professor about his writing he leaves and his hair is messed again.

Lance: [Stripped down to his underwear] Shaun. Shaun...
Lance: Shaun. It's so psychedelic. Buddy, I light one match, and the building blows up.
[Giggles deviously, while Shaun looks slightly horrified]
Lance: Well, I was just tryin' to help you, bro.
Shaun: [Incredulous] By lighting the building on fire?
Lance: Well, I was high...
Shaun: You're *always* high! Y-you're a drugged out loser. You think you're gonna' create a T-shirt company? You can't even dress yourSELF!
Lance: [Deflated] Harsh.

User Review

Very good

Rating: 9/10

I must say, I really enjoyed "Orange County." It's not a truly important cinematic masterpiece, but what were you expecting--"Gone With the Wind"? This movie is a lot of fun and I never get sick of it. Jack Black plays the brother absolutely wonderfully. He cracked me up about 90 times throughout the movie.

Overall, a very enjoyable, fun movie. Watch it if you want to kill some time.


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