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Orange County
DVD disk
10.07.2004 By: The Shootin Surgeon
Orange County order
Director:
Jake Kasdan

Actors:
Colin Hanks
Jack Black
Schuyler Fisk

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Colin Hanks plays Shaun, an aspiring writer who gets denied admission to Stanford because of a clerical error by his high school advisor. When his dysfunctional parents fail in helping him attain his goals, his only choice is to recruit his stoner brother Lance (Black) to help him attain his dream.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
This is a pretty funny movie starring a very funny guy. Jack Black has impressed me constantly since I first saw him in the disastrous SAVING SILVERMAN and although my words then may have been a bit too harsh, they truly reflected what I thought of that film. Fortunately for me, I've since then learned to appreciate Black as a funny performer with a lot more range that he usually gets to display. This film was pretty entertaining thanks to the three stars, who really gave it a likeable feeling and came through as genuinely nice people.

Hanks was a success as the young writer aching to get away from his imploding family and from Orange County itself. Burdened by his drunk mom (Catherine O'Hara) and his selfish dad (John Lithgow), his only hope becomes his brother Lance, who's played to a tee by Black and whose main purpose is to remember which bottle contains which pill. The chemistry between the two is damn fine and they both fit their roles like a glove. Add to that, the lovely Schuyler Fisk as Ashley, Shaun's girlfriend and you have the third piece of the trio set out to conquer the Stanford board of admission. The hijinks that ensue are all pretty satisfying in terms of laughs and the film is actually kept quite tasteful.

Watch for some hilarious scenes, such as the English teacher's (Mike White) discussion on Shakespeare and the results of Lance's twisted plan to pass his parole board drug test. Watch also for a lot of Jack Black's underwear, a garment in which he spends half the film. All in all, this film has a very good core and a decent supporting cast. Everyone in it manages to draw their fair share of laughs and the end result is 80-minutes of good times, courtesy mostly of Mr. Jack Black, with a big assist from the rest of the crew.
THE EXTRAS
There's not much on there but what there is...is definitely worth it. To begin with, you're treated to a feature-length commentary by director Jake Kasdan and writer Mike White. These two dudes walk you through the film and have a blast doing so. They're both pretty funny and cover pretty much everything from cast to crew to sets and the like. Fun to listen to. You'll also see White in the film as the hilarious high school English teacher with a penchant for sitcoms.

Next up, you'll get 4 deleted scenes and 15 interstitials. The deleted scenes are pretty hilarious and it's actually too bad that they didn't make it into the film, but the cake is the interstitials. Basically, these are 15 little promo spots for the movie. Watch for the ones featuring Black and the classic spots featuring Mike White. These guys are friggin' hilarious!

Like I said before, there's not much here but I watched all of these and cracked up throughout. Remember: Quality over Quantity!
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This is a fun movie and considering the fact that I'm still amazed at how much Jack Black has grown on me since the debacle that was SAVING SILVERMAN, I have to tip my hat to the dude. He really made this film happen. This is a great rental for anyone who wants to spend an evening laughing their arses off!
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