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on August 14, 2016
(beware - minor spoilers coming up)

OMG... what a great movie!!! We laughed so much that our neighbors thought our family ha'd (finally) gone over the edge. Stellar performances from big name actors, all of whom worked so well together to turn in a timeless work of cinematic art and entertainment. This is a movie for every family member, friend, acquaintance, guidance counsellor, teacher or professor (heck, invite in a few strangers, the more the merrier) who ever wanted to, or knew someone who just wanted to leave home for a chance at a great education (Stanford in this case), could relate to.

Everyone in the film from the scene stealing nappy haired schizophrenic stray dog, to the idiot English teacher who thinks the movies Chocolat and the Talented Mr Ripley were based on actual Shakespeare plays, to the dotty guidance counsellor who denies sending in the wrong transcripts are equally relatable and intolerable at the same time. This film is funny, silly, sweet, charming, timeless, agonizing, wonderfully paced and always in top gear. When this movie is over you just might hear the collective consciousness of viewers everywhere yell "NOOOOOOOOO! WE NEED MORE!! ENCORE!! ENCORE!!".

Take a chance on this already cult classic - you can thank me as soon as the laughter dies down!!!
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on November 4, 2016
I wanted to see this movie so badly when it was in theaters, and didn't get to. I've seen it on dvd, TV, and on vhs. It's a movie I probably wouldn't have appreciated at the time or even understood. Shaun Brumder is dying to get into Stanford to take a class his favorite author is teaching. Everything that could go wrong possibly does. His counselor sends another Shaun's transcript to Stanford, a slacker Shaun with rotten grades, and when he sets up a meeting with someone from the school, his family ruins it for him. The family, consisting of a druggie brother, a falling apart, disabled rich husband, and a boozy wife who manage to bleed, embarrass and ruin things for Shaun. Shaun's druggie brother has a new idea, and Shaun is desperate enough to ride along with him. No matter how many times I see this movie, I laugh a lot. I think this is a very underrated film. Shaun's family gets most of the laughs, but you feel so bad for him. You want him to be able to go to the school he wants to, but at the same time, when you see him be nasty to his friends and girlfriend, you wish you could tell him to stop being a jerk and lighten up. it's a very over the top story, but a very funny, very underrated film.
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on January 3, 2016
This is one of the best movies, and so under appreciated. It is full of amazing one liners!
"Sean, you are my same height, that is neat!"
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on April 26, 2016
I really enjoyed this movie since comedy is my favorite category and its been awhile since I've seen anything funny at the theaters lately. I seriously believe that this was Jack Blacks best performance of his career so far along with Colin Hanks (Tom Hank's son) who held his own. Excellent casting and great acting a must see for comedy lovers.
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on May 9, 2016
This is such a funny, overlooked movie that captures the early 2000's. The cast is remarkable and there many memorable comedic moments throughout. I highly recommend this film to anyone who grew up watching mtv during their summer breaks as a kid.
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on July 9, 2017
I Loved Watching the DVD Orange County! It was a Really Funny Movie!
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on July 14, 2013
Excellent casting & directing. Original & time continuity well thought out. Lucid script and easy to follow transition from screenplay to screenplay without having to rewind to figure out "Did I miss something?"
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on October 18, 2004
I didn't know until after the second time I'd watched this movie that Colin Hanks is Tom Hanks's son. Colin Hanks plays a young man trying to get into the college of his dreams- Stanford. After reading a book written by the author Marcus Skinner (played by Kevin Kline), Shaun decides he wants to give up surfing to become a writer. He writes a story about growing up in Orange County, which becomes the backdrop to the concept of the movie.

Coming from a totally dysfunctional family which includes coked-up Lance (Jack Black, who steals the show), alcoholic drama queen Cindy (Catherine O'Hara), and Bud (John Lithgow), Shaun is disappointed to find that he doesn't, in fact, get in to Stanford. Thus beguns a hillarious trip up to the school with Lance and his bleeding-heart girlfriend Ashley to try to talk the Dean of Admissions into adding his name onto the "admitted" list. It seems that Jack Black spends most of this movie in his underwear, only pausing to don clothes for the trip to Stanford.

Its a hysterically funny movie which makes me laugh harder and harder every time I see it. It does, however, have a serious tone to it. Shaun wants to be a good writer, and is worried that he won't be a good one unless he leaves the place where he grew up. After a talk with his role model, however, Shaun realizes that things are OK, and that there truly is hope in the world.
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on March 17, 2017
BEST MOVIE EVER
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on April 4, 2017
Great movie
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