With an amazing cast, dialogue that makes us really laugh, and a brilliant soundtrack, I can't believe this movie isn't rated higher! It's close to perfect - Colin Hanks, Schuyler Fisk, John Lithgow, Catherine O'Hara and Jack Black... what can you say??? Then there's the Chevy cameo and Kevin Kline! Please watch it again and upgrade your vote...
Best comedy I've seen in ages. (by CuriosityKilledShawn)
I have laughed so hard or so frequently in so long, too long. Orange County is quite possibly one of the best comedies of the past few years. I absolutely love it. To be honest I had little faith in Jake Kasdan after Zero Effect which had Zero Effect on me but this movie shows he has a real sense of humor and he balances it perfectly with outrageous characters and an untypically good-natured comedy plot.Shaun Brumner Colin Hanks in a wacky performance is refused entry to Stanford University because his dunderheaded College Counsellor mailed them the wrong the transcripts. He recruits his <more>
slobbish brother an even wackier Jack Black and his girlfriend to help him in increasingly desperate and far-fetched methods of convincing Stanford to reconsider. It may sound like a dumb story but the characters and situations surrounding it provoke the maximum amount of laughter.The two leads are particularly impressive and show natural comic genius that makes me beg for more from these characters. Keep a look out for loads of cameos from Chevy Chase, Harold Ramis, Ben Stiller and Kevin Kline. And it's loads better than that crappy O.C. TV show.The DVD is in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen with Dolby 5.1 sound. The extras are great with a commentary from Kasdan, deleted scenes which actually should have stayed in the movie and loads of TV spots with scenes especially created. You must get this. Everybody needs to laugh and laugh you will.
It's a lot better than you might think it is. (by rubytuesday_14)
When I first saw Orange County as a trailer, I thought it was just another teen movie. So I rented it and was surprised. It actually was pretty good. The movie had big and minor names and a sensible plot. Shaun Brumder was a likeable character and was very much like a modern day Holden Caulfield.It was laugh out loud hilarious with a different kind of comedy because it was ACTUALLY FUNNY.Overall, Orange County is a great movie if your tired and need a laugh.Or if you're a big fan of Jack Black or Ben Stiller.
Story of my life (by Honkymagoo21)
Well to be honest my life is pretty far off from this movie but there's so much that I can relate to. The characters are great and they're so real. You can really understand the plight of the protagonist. You see him grow through the movie from a surfer with no direction in life to someone who will do anything to achieve his goal. Jack Black is great but he's not alone in this movie. Even though 90% of the cast aren't big names they really did a great job in this movie. This is one of my all time favorite movies for so many reasons. When I saw that this had a 6.1 rating on <more>
IMDb I just had to write a quick review. While it's hard for me to explain how great this movie is I advise anyone who hasn't seen it to give it a chance as more than just a teen movie.
This movie, for some reason, doesn't get a lot of respect. It was flawed, sure. Maybe it was a bit clichéd. But it was a great movie, and doesn't deserve the lambasting it's gotten.Shaun Brumder Colin Hanks finds a book on the beach. He likes it so much he decides to become a writer. He wants to study at Stanford, where the book's writer is a professor. But the guidance counselor Lily Tomlin, who's hilarious in this switches his transcripts with someone else's. What follows are the steps Shaun takes to try to get in despite this obstacle, and the obstacles he <more>
encounters because of his family.People seem to want to find a conspiracy here because of the director and cast... Jake Kasdan is Lawrence Kasdan's son, Colin Hanks is Tom Hanks's son, of course, and Schuyler Fisk is Sissy Spacek's daughter. All actually do very well here, and Fisk has proved her mettle as a comic actress much more forcefully in "Not Another Teen Movie" another underrated comedy... but c'est la vie . Some people hold the soundtrack in contempt for trying too hard to be commercial... as if Brian Wilson solo , Phantom Planet, or Social Distortion are commercial. Newsbreak, people: look past "Butterfly" which seems to be part of an important plot point, which I will explain later , and you may find the movie has an excellent soundtrack.The standout performance here is definitely Jack Black's; every move he makes and line he utters is amusing. Does it ever get old that they keep focusing on this fat layabout loser who spends every day "recovering from the night before"? Not really. I guess it depends on where your tastes lie, but I thought he was funny in this from beginning to end.The cast is terrific. Catherine O'Hara, John Lithgow, Harold Ramis, Garry Marshall, Kevin Kline, Ben Stiller, Chevy Chase, even Ernest Borgnine as Bob, the old man Shaun's mom married after getting a divorce think Anna Nicole Smith ... they're all very good. And there was more subtlety than I think people noticed the first time around. Case in point: the use of the song "Butterfly". Early in the movie, Shaun sees some cheerleader types perform an obviously choreographed dance to this song which does have one saving grace: the hook is a sample from an old Red Hot Chili Peppers song . Later on, when Shaun is at Stanford, he sees a bunch of cheerleader types doing the same dance. Keep this in mind, and Shaun's reaction the next time you watch it. It's a big turning point in the movie.The bottom line is that this is a sweet-natured farce about a young man with big dreams who feels he needs to get away from his current life to realize them. It's a classic story, but in this case, it's mixed with the almost slapstick antics of his family and friends. There are big laughs and a great feel-good if not entirely plausible ending. And there's a depth here that some people just don't see. So come on, I beg you, if you didn't like this movie, watch it again, but make sure you leave your prejudices at the door. I won't guarantee that you'll love it, but I can't imagine that you won't laugh a few times.
One of My All Time Favorite Comedies; A Classic (by holyspiritdriven)
How this movie has an average rating of 6.1 at the time of me writing this review is beyond me. The semi-serious base story of Shaun, a high schooler trying to get into Stanford is a good enough drama on its own, but then you ad the social commentary albeit exaggerated...maybe on the southern California mindset with an all star cast including Jack Black Lily Tomlin and Chevy Chase the movie becomes outrageously funny. I think Colin Hanks is an excellent actor I have no idea why he has all but disappeared in the last 10 years , and does a bang up job of being the one kid in school who <more>
actually cares about his education all the while being pulled away by his numb-skull surfer buddies. Another of the cast who seems to have disappeared is Schuylar Fisk who plays Shaun's girlfriend Ashley. Ashley is the overly positive sweetheart girlfriend who will support Shaun through thick and thin. This is honestly one of Jack Black's funniest performances. He plays Shaun's druggie dead beat brother and when he gets mixed up in Shaun's quest for Stanford, hilarity compounds! Even 10 years after the movie was released I still laugh out loud watching this!
New age teen comedy that knocks it out of the park. (by Sean102218)
Orange County is a predictable, new age teen comedy. Then why is it so great?Southern California surfer-dude Shaun Brumbder is all about surfing and partying until one of his good friends dies in a surfing accident and Shaun begins to question the point of his life which is all surfing and partying. Then he finds a book that changes his life and he decides he wants to become a writer. The problem? He lives in the rich LA suburban community of Orange County, where people are more obsessed with pop culture and themselves than being happy and Shaun feels he needs to get out to go become a writer <more>
and study under his favorite author at Stanford University. which is about 6 hours north of where he lives Again, why is this great? First and foremost, we have the script. It's smart, but still wacky as a teen comedy needs to be. The characters aren't nitwits wander around aimlessly or purposely insult themselves by being complete morons. There's no pointless wandering for a car or bathing in urine. It knows what it is, a teen comedy, but it's smart enough to know it doesn't have to be grossly offensive or incredibly stupid to be funny. The story has a heart, and the wacky antics all support it.Next is the cast. Without the perfect cast this movie could've been a dud. The main character is played by Colin Hanks son of Tom Hanks in his first major starring role and he nails it. He plays the smart surfer-dude with a dream perfectly and he deals and reacts to his environment and the rest of the superb cast as he should. If you really watch you can find a little bit of his father in him, but mostly he is his own actor, and a good one at that. He's very natural playing a realistic character. His girlfriend is played by Schuyler Fisk daughter of Sissy Spacek , and she's a very positive, caring California girl. Her character wasn't as strong as Hanks', but she was mainly meant to be more of his sidekick than counterpart. Jack Black was the reason I saw this movie in theaters, and he was as awesome as usual up until recently, where's he has just been taking whatever is thrown at him seemingly as the unmotivated stoner older brother Hanks' character Shaun doesn't want to be. He's the worst example in the world, and is ultimately part of Shaun's motivation to not become like him. Next are Catherine O'Hara and John Lithgow, who both have seemingly come into their prime closer to middle age. They play off of each other wonderfully as Shaun's selfish parents that live the rich LA life and feel like their son owes them something. Chevy Chase is great as the school principle even though the role is small, he gets a laugh or two as he is bound to do. The teacher Mr. Burke is played by Mike White who strangely hits home as a California high school teacher more into pop culture than teaching, and he also wrote the fantastic script. Also, he is just another character in the long line of people hold Shaun down. Leslie Mann and George Murdock have funny bit parts as Shaun's step-parents who are also completely out of touch with the world. Kevin Kline has a great bit part as the author who inspires Shaun to become a writer and tells him exactly what he wants to hear.After that, this is just quality film-making by good people. Jake Kasdan son of Lawrence Kasdan directed this and his style shines all the way through. I first became a fan of his after his work on the TV show Freaks and Geeks, which is rather similar to this movie in that it deals with the wackiness of teen life in a knowing way. The writer Mike White also wrote a few episodes of Freeks and Geeks, which if you haven't seen, I highly suggest you do as it just hit DVD. Kasdan knows where to put the laughs, but he also knows how to moderate them and not make it a wacky teen orgy fest like the American Pie movies which are motivated only by teen libidos rather than real ambitions. The movie has a good story, and it is well told. In the end, there is nothing groundbreaking in Orange County. It's a pretty straightforward teen movie with a realistic plot and great performances. With another American Pie-type cast with emphasis on the goofiness, this movie would've been a low-grade teen sex flick. Instead we have a real story about ambition and teen life with a few falls off of roofs and vases falling on heads. 8/10
Charming and unconventional - sort of like "orange" itself (by StevePulaski)
Shaun Brumder Colin Hanks is an abnormally bright child. A kid whose schoolwork comes naturally to him and grades were never something to sweat over. But instead of trying to lead an ambitious life, Shaun chooses to spend his days surfing and hanging out with his pals. But when his best friend Lonny is killed in a surfing accident, Shaun contemplates if this direction is the best one to pursue. He later discovers a novel, written by a man named Marcus Skinner, on the beach one day, reads it cover to cover, and loves every minute of it. Upon reading it a dozen more times, and practicing <more>
writing similar stories on his own, he realizes that he has a talent for writing and ultimately that's what he wants to become.Shaun's homelife is a rather strange one. His parents are divorced, with his mother Catherine O'Hara being a sensitive, needy woman and his father John Lithgow a selfish and unruly cad. Shaun's brother is Lance Jack Black , a portly stoner who is rarely seen fully clothed. Lance continues to offer advice to Shaun, which he will inherently disregard as rambling with no meaning, yet this isn't one of those stories where the dopey character may actually be smarter than we believe. He's just dumb.Our hero's dream, however, is to get accepted to Stanford and major in journalism. His girlfriend, the neighborhood activist Ashley Schuyler Fisk is all support, but his chances seemingly plummet downward when his guidance counselor sends the wrong transcript to Stanford. Instead of the bright and dedicated student they should receive, the school accepts some ne'er-do-well stoner who applied on a whim.Orange County follows Shaun as he tries in every which way to get accepted to Stanford and pursue a life of intellect and creativity. One thing that becomes the top priority on his list is escaping the inherently listless and seemingly mundane town of Orange County, where nobody takes anything with an ounce of seriousness and everyone seems to be self-indulgent and careless.This is a film with a big agenda, a clear heart, but an often misunderstood soul, mainly because its headliner, Jack Black, doesn't deliver the laughs you would expect. Orange County is not an energetic, high-octane romp, but a sweet and endearing character study that is equal parts sly comedy and equal parts dramatic and deep. A scene comes early on in the film where Shaun is wasting away in a class and his teacher is asking the students if they know anyone who would be interested in speaking to the school about personal experiences. Shaun proposes a writer who has just received a high honor, but is quickly one-upped by another classmate who has connections to Brittney Spears. This scene illustrates so discretely and subtly how motivated and turned on we get as a society by popularity and publicity rather than true talent and admiration.Colin Hanks, an actor still searching for that breakout role, handles the task here beautifully, even with the challenge and notable burden of carrying a lion's weight of a film on his back. He's no idiot. His character rarely misses a beat and is a calming and simple pleasure to endure. So is his brother, despite his slow, uninspiring persona. Orange County has an indescribable beauty and charm to its screenplay, one that offers an experience that is fresh and viable, and definitely unconventional.Starring: Colin Hanks, Jack Black, Schuyler Fisk, Catherine O'Hara, John Lithgow, and Lily Tomlin. Directed by: Jake Kasdan.
Is this the most underrated comedy of the 2000s? (by matthewssilverhammer)
An endlessly funny, fully realized universe that subverts its subjects and setting, all while clearly loving them. Almost like they were making a satire of turn-of-the-century teen life without denying its power "Butterfly" . It has surprisingly strong things to say about idolizing your dreams, under appreciating what you have, and realizing the love you have for the family and friends who drive you crazy. An underappreciated and ahead-of-its-time teen comedy.