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Orange County
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Directed By
Jake Kasdan

Written By:
Mike White

Colin Hanks, Jack Black, Schuyler Fisk, Catherine O'Hara, John Lithgow, Harold Ramis, Jane Adams, Garry Marshall, Dana Ivey, Chevy Chase, Lily Tomlin, George Murdock, Leslie Mann, Kyle Howard, Kevin Kline

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Movie Review by Joe
July 24th, 2006

Director Jake Kasdan brings a story that is not only poignant, but done in a way that makes you enjoy the experience as you laugh through many of the unfortunate events that befall the main character.

High school senior Shaun Brumder (Colin Hanks - Tom Hanks' son) is looking forward to leaving his Orange County home and to attend college at Stanford to work with his mentor, author Marcus Skinner (Kevin Kline) who is a professor at the college. He feels that by getting away from his situations he is facing at home he could be an effective writer.

His family life consists of his drug-addicted, drunk brother Lance (Jack Black), his drunk mother Cindy (Catherine O'Hara), his step-father who is basically a comatose man in a wheelchair (George Murdock), and his father who has deserted the family to pursue monitary gains (John Lithgow).

Then there are his friends. His two surfer buddies Arlo & Chad (Kyle Howard & R.J. Knoll), who have more looks than brains, and his animal-rights activist girlfriend Ashley (Schuyler Fisk).

As Shaun is trying to get into Stanford, he hits many bumps along the way, including a bumbling idiot of a school guidance counselor (Lily Tomlin), and it seems that everyone in his school is getting into Ivy League schools, even though they are idiots. He feels that life isn't fair and decides to go to Stanford himself to let them into the school.

And in the end he learns a valuable lesson about family and never forgetting where you came from. A poignant message wonderfully concealed within comedic wrapping paper.

Shaun: Mom, you know money can't buy happiness...
Cindy: Oh grow up, yes it can!
Shaun: But you and Dad have money and you're both miserable.
Cindy: ...He's miserable?

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Orange County
Paramount Pictures
1 hr 27 min
Release Date: January 11, 2002
Close Date: March 28, 2002
Domestic: $41,076,018
Worldwide: $43,325,009

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