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Orange County

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Jake Kasdan

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About the Movie

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 121
  • Fresh: 56
  • Rotten: 65
  • Average Rating: 5.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: This one is geared more toward the volleyball players we see early on, leaping and spiking in the sand. – Mike Clark, USA Today, Jun 18, 2002

Rotten: [Kasdan] and White aim very low here and fail to take advantage of the abundant opportunities for social satire that its upper class and academic settings provide. – Todd McCarthy, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: One of the smartest idiotic teen comedies you'll ever see. – Paul Tatara,, Aug 12, 2008

Fresh: A modestly surprising movie. – Gene Seymour, Newsday, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


This movie contains probably my favorite movie quote of all time. "Do you want me to get naked and start the revolution?"

best movie

for any one who likes jack black at all will like this movie. this is by far jack's bect perfomance and is possibley the funniest movie of all time


I love Orange County, and it would be nothing without Jack Black!!

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2002

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