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Stealing Harvard (2002)

Jason Lee , Tom Green , Bruce McCulloch  |  PG |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jason Lee, Tom Green, Leslie Mann, Megan Mullaly, Chris Penn
  • Directors: Bruce McCulloch
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • DVD Release Date: December 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00441GZ2I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,466 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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    John (Jason Lee) leads a simple and happy life. He has a beautiful fiancée and an assistant manager position at his future father-in-law's company. Everything seems perfect, until John's favorite niece surprises him with her acceptance to Harvard University and he's reminded of a long forgotten oath he made to foot the bill! Desperate, John turns to his hare-brained and half-witted best friend Duff (Tom Green) for advice. Thinking far outside of the box, Duff convinces John that they must temporarily lead a life of crime to raise the needed cash! From the director of Superstar, and co-starring Megan Mullally (Emmy Award winning Best Supporting Actress for TV's Will & Grace) and Dennis Farina (Snatch, Big Trouble), STEALING HARVARD is an outrageous comedy of errors proving that getting into college is the easy part!

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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    I did like the "Branch Rickey" joke, but I bet that gag was over the head of a lot of people who checked out "Stealing Harvard." Besides, that joke was in the trailer as were most of what ends up being the funny parts from this 2002 comedy. Please, raise your hand if you are sick and tired of trailers usually being better than the movies they trick you into going to see. If this movie did not have a trailer to give away the good parts I could have given it another star.
    The story that Peter Tolan and Martin Hynes come up with provides a good enough framework for a comedy. John Plummer (Jason Lee) and his fiance, Elaine Warner (Leslie Mann) have finally saved $30,000, which is enough for them to buy a home and get married. But John's neice Noreen (Tammy Blanchard) has just achieved her dream of being accepted at Harvard and she and her mother, Patty (Megan Mullally) have a videotape from many years earlier when Uncle John promised to pay for Noreen's college education. Noreen only needs $29 thousand and change in eleven days. John cannot just give Noreen the $30,000 that is earmarked for the new house and the only reasonable alternative, as suggested by his best friend "Duff" (Tom Green), is to steal the money.
    This is easier said then done, an idea that could be handled creatively but is not in this film. Instead we have something on the level of "Raising Arizona" if written by high school students who only remember the worst episodes of "Saturday Night Live." This movie is just not funny and most of the cast is clearly trying too hard. A film in which Tom Green and Jason Lee are both too sedate is not a good sign.
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    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars VERY FUNNY June 8, 2004
    By MMAfan
    This is a very funny movie. If your a fan of Tom Green you'll like this movie. It's full of laughs from beginning to end. The name of Tom Green's hedge cutting company is cool. Its called "Landscape Escape". I recommend this movie if your a fan of comedy. You won't stop laughing.
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    3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Tom Green was occasionally funny. April 26, 2003
    By A Customer
    John Plummer (Jason Lee (I)) lives a kind of doldrum life as an assistant manager of a home medical supply store. He's dating the owner's (Dennis Farina) daughter, Elaine Warner (Leslie Mann), and they are planning on getting married. They had decided to wait to get married until they had saved up enough to put a down payment on a house. The movie begins with them realizing that they have finally saved up enough money. There's just one problem, John promised his niece, Noreen Plummer (Tammy Blanchard), that if she got in to college he would pay for it. Well, she got into Harvard and now she needs the money - the exact amount that he had saved up. John is stuck with a decision but can't take away his wife's dreams, so he turns to an old friend to help him come up with the money, Walter 'Duff' Duffy (Tom Green (III)). Duff comes up with several illegal plans for getting the money, each getting them further into trouble with the law. Eventually all of the plans catch up to them and they have to deal with the chaos they have been causing and they still don't have the money.
    My Comments:
    The movie was occasionally funny, but only occasionally. The plot was pretty good and the story wasn't terrible, but it wasn't really memorable. The major problem with the movie was that it was supposed to be funny, but it wasn't. Jason Lee tries, and some of the situations are a bit humorous - specifically the repeated instances of the main characters having to dress up as women for the Honorable Emmett Cook (Richard Jenkins (I)) - but the best it does is get an occasional chuckle.
    This movie seemed to receive a lot of hype, and, frankly, I thought it was going to be more about actually going to college. But college and college life really have very little to do with it.
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    3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Green does it again March 20, 2004
    By Dan
    I went to see this movie with my friends, and we all walked out laughing. I saw this movie before I ever saw Road Trip, and that was also funny, but this is much better. I love all the charactors (But Jason Lee, Tom Green are the best together). The two main charactors are great friends, but when you put them together, all of their plans go wrong. John (Lee) promised his niece that he would pay for her college when she was little, and forgot all about it. She was accepted to Harvard and now he must find $30,000 somewhere. (direct quote) "I had only one option. I had to go to a man who's ideas were sometimes so dumb they were brilliant: I had to go to Duff". The plot is not even really important to the comedy, it just makes the entire thing make sense in the end. I don't want to tell you what happens, so I'll just say one thing more: this is the only movie I own that is even funnier every time I watch it.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars what a steal March 14, 2011
    Stealing Harvard happens to succeed on every single level of entertainment. At least, according to my tastes (which may or may not stink, hehe).

    It's about a man who makes a promise to his distraught niece after she fails a spelling bee that, if she were to ever make it into college, he'd pay for it. Well skip ahead several years later and, to his absolute surprise she DOES end up going to college, and to Harvard of all places!

    It turns out she needs 30,000 bucks. From here the storyline kicks in, and to me, it's a really funny movie that never fails with the laughs. Of course you could argue that once the guys nerdy friend enters the picture to help with the money situation, the humor goes down significantly (because he is fairly annoying, to be honest). He's kind of obnoxious most of the time.

    However the incredible twist of horrible luck (and humorous segments) the poor guy has to endure just to come up with 30 grand is quite the spectacle to watch. Despite being a comedy you can't help but feel sorry for the guy. Without spoiling anything, he has to put up with utter crappiness at every single turn it seems.

    I mean, just think about this- his girlfriends father hates his guts, the police department gradually catch on to his sneaky ways, and his girlfriend is always questioning his every move. Somehow, for the sake of his nieces future, he has to find ways to avoid *everybody* and focus on obtaining the money.

    Overall, it's a really good movie. The humor and storytelling are both really well-written which is a rare find these days. Oh, and a certain dog scene at the end is absolutely priceless (and inappropriate to share!)
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated
    Maybe I was just in a great mood, but this is silly fun. Jason Lee and Tom Green are at there best. They have an odd chemistry. The plot is silly, as you can read above. Read more
    Published 6 months ago by KLR
    5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect..
    Great movie! Apologize for the tardy response. I'm new to #amazon still.
    Nevertheless, the film was great, the item was accurate, and I would definitely do business with... Read more
    Published 13 months ago by William Justice
    1.0 out of 5 stars didn't work
    it didn't work on my recorder so I didn't get to see what's all about
    I HATED that when video don't work...
    Published 13 months ago by pj
    5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
    love it. also came in good condition. So, very happy with this purchase. Definitely worth the money which was a very good deal.
    Published 14 months ago by Alicia Pardick
    5.0 out of 5 stars Lee and Green a good pair...
    Tom Green and Jason Lee are hilarious. The movie is extremely funny and entertaining. At some points I couldn't stop laughing. Highly recommend for a good laugh.
    Published 16 months ago by Victor M. Sanchez II
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good in its own way
    Tom Green is an inventive comedian who for the short time he was prominent in the 90's brought a fun twist to all the commercial BS. Read more
    Published 19 months ago by Jared J
    1.0 out of 5 stars Forgettable, merely a paycheck for the actors
    Tom Green and Jason Lee have teamed for this comedy. Stealing Harvard introduces us to Jason Lee, who quickly learns that Harvard has accepted her. Read more
    Published on December 11, 2011 by Mike London
    1.0 out of 5 stars Stop stealing my time...
    I bought this movie without ever seeing it because based on the trailer it looked hilarious. At the time Tom Green was the `it' comedian; his MTV show being huge and his high... Read more
    Published on May 23, 2008 by Andrew Ellington
    5.0 out of 5 stars Gets Even Better Each Time...
    Okay, sure, it was just a normal teenish comedy the first time I saw it in the theatures... wasn't too funny, but was entertaining. Then I got it as a gift. W O W ! Read more
    Published on March 18, 2006 by Matt
    5.0 out of 5 stars "I'm not liquid, Jon. I'm not...liquid!"
    This movie is hilarious. Jon Plummer (Jason Lee) made a promise to his niece when she became eliminated from an elementary school spelling bee that he'd pay her way to college. Read more
    Published on October 7, 2005 by Zack H.
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