Published on March 12th, 2002 | by Erich Becker0
Review: Orange County
Admitting the fact that most of MTV’s movies have sucked is Barney Gumble admitting that he has a drinking problem. So when I noticed that this was an MTV Film, I cringed, but decided to see it. I’m glad that I did.
Orange County is about one boy’s dream of leaving the city in which he grew up, and going to Stanford to study under the leadership of one of his favorite authors and professors. Add to the fact that his parents are whacked out and divorced, his brother is a pill popping basket case, and his best friends seem to have some sort of fascination with getting lit up, jumping off of things, blowing things up, and fondling each other.
Shaun’s (Colin Hanks) high school guidance counselor sends in the wrong transcript, which leads him to receive a rejection letter from Stanford. He spends the rest of the movie using various assets at hand to get himself into the college of his dreams. Helping along the way is his brother Lance (Jack Black) who likes to keep different kinds of drugs in Aspirin bottles, and ask for his brother’s urine.
While the movie is nothing like the gross-out comedies Not Another Teen Movie and American Pie, it does have some generally funny moments, with some notable characters in supporting roles. Ben Stiller shows up as a fireman, Chevy Chase (who surprising enough, is still alive) plays the high school principal, and John Lithgow plays Shaun’s over-achieving, money-hungry dad.
The movie also has a great soundtrack going for it. Featuring new music from The Offspring and Foo Fighters, as well as regurgitated music from Crazy Town among others.
Being a comedy is hard to do with the bar raised so high by the previously stated movies, but Orange County manages to be very fun, and entertaining. While most of the events may not seem plausible, it sure is a good time.