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Story

While it invites charges of Hollywood nepotism, Orange County overcomes that stigma with a delightful cast of newcomers and veterans alike. It's no better or worse than many teen comedies, but director Jake Kasdan (son of director Lawrence Kasdan) astutely combines teen-flick staples (stoner gags, raucous parties) with a biting undercurrent of southern California absurdity. This comedic texture helps Colin Hanks (son of Tom) and Schuyler Fisk (daughter of Sissy Spacek) to prove their big-screen promise. They play (respectively) an Orange County teen and aspiring writer named Shaun who yearns for admission to Stanford, and his sensible girlfriend who knows just how to nurture his dreams. Much of the comedy arises from the foibles of Shaun's dysfunctional family (played to perfection by Jack Black, Catherine O'Hara, and John Lithgow), while unbilled cameos by Ben Stiller and Kevin Kline add zest to a movie that tries to be different, and mostly succeeds. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Colin HanksShaun Brumder
Jack BlackLance Brumder
Schuyler FiskAshley
Bret HarrisonLonny
Kyle HowardArlo
Catherine O'HaraCindy Beugler
Mike WhiteMr. Burke
John LithgowBud Brumder
Lily TomlinCharlotte Cobb
George MurdockBob Beugler
Lillian HurstLupe
Chevy ChasePrincipal Harbert
Olivia RosewoodDana
Carly PopeTanya
Natasha MelnickKatie
Fran KranzShane Brainard
Leslie MannKrista
Dana IveyVera Gantner
Harold RamisDon Durkett
Lizzy CaplanParty Girl
Nat FaxonKip
Ben StillerThe Firefighter
Kevin KlineMarcus Skinner

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  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Jake Kasdan
  • Producer: Paramount
  • Length: 82 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.37:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 11, 2002
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    Europe12A
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaDec 12, 2003
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