Orange County

Year: 2002
Director: Jake Kasdan
Cast: Colin Hanks, Jack Black, John Lithgow, Cathgerine O'Hara, Chevy Chase, Harold Ramis
Produced by MTV and populated with Saturday Night Live alumnus, you could be forgiven for thinking this is going to be a frenetic, rock video-style comedy with a laugh a minute.

You'd be wrong. It's a fairly robust idea – a teenager from the beaches of LA wants to be a writer, so thinks he has to go to Stanford university. The rest of the movie deals with him trying to get accepted, thwarted at every turn by a dysfunctional family, who he's happened to write about.

The emotions of the movie are a mess, trying to be serious when you wish it would get funny, nothing but plaid stupidity when you wish it would say something. There are a handful of reasonably funny lines but the characters, their relationships and the plotting are all a mess. You know it's a bad film when even Jack Black isn't funny in it.

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