Orange County
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Some cast and crew from NBC's highly acclaimed, little-seen series Freaks and Geeks reunite for this teen comedy that also marks the first starring role for Tom Hanks' son, Colin. The younger Hanks plays Shaun Brumder, a high schooler eager to propel himself out of the land of surf bums and ranch homes to which the film's title refers. He's had his sights set on Stanford ever since he read the works of professor Marcus Skinner (Kevin Kline), and his transcript is stellar enough to gain him admission. Shaun is understandably furious, then, when he receives a rejection letter in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 46%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[Kasdan] and White aim very low here and fail to take advantage of the abundant opportunities for social satire that its upper class and academic settings provide."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Strictly a vanity vehicle with a mess of star babies on board."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Stupid movie pushes boundaries of PG-13."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"With minimal gross-out quota, Kasdan's sure-footed approach mixes a teen farce and a morality tale."
‑ Danny Graydon, Empire Magazine
" effective and surprisingly funny teen comedy."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The urine-quaffing gags and hearty barfing asides are the lowbrow price extracted for...gestures towards semi-intelligence."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"One of the smartest idiotic teen comedies you'll ever see."
‑ Paul Tatara,
"It won't stick with you forever, but you will enjoy it while it lasts."
‑ , Film4
"If all you're looking for is a mild comedy with four or five solid laughs and a whole bunch of familiar faces, you could do worse."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Apollo Guide
"The sight of Black burning down an entire admin block during a moment of passion would warm up any winter."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"[T]oo many of these gross out scenes..."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Lessons are learned amid the scatological yucks, profitless cameos (Chevy Chase, Ben Stiller), and Black's graceless mugging."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"Second-generation Hollywood wrestles with but never truly pins down this big-hearted, broad and often flat comedy..."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"╔ claro que os pais famosos do diretor e dos dois protagonistas ajudaram a viabilizar este projeto, mas o fato Ú que o filme Ú engrašado e merece aplausos."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"It is a notch above the usual tripe we get from MTV films - but it's not a very big notch"
‑ Brian Mckay,
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