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Parents' Guide to

Orange County

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Stupid movie pushes boundaries of PG-13.

Movie PG-13 2002 81 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+

Very funny movie, and a great coming of age story. The main characters growth juxtaposed against the silly humor of Jack Black and others is a wonderful combination.

This film is funny, but underneath the real story is about dealing with loss, accepting who you are, seeing beauty and value in people whom the main character had disdain for. It's a true coming of age story.
age 12+

Great comedy, very original

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (3 ):

Hanks and Fisk, as the ostensible force of sanity at the heart of the movie, don't get much of a chance to prove themselves as actors, but they have some presence. Black, as always, even with terrible material, is a joy to watch. There are also talented actors in small roles -- including O'Hara, Lithgow, Tomlin, and Ramis, as well as Chevy Chase, Ben Stiller, and especially Kevin Kline, who has a very nice scene with Hanks.

This movie begins with a comic death in a surfing accident, followed by a funeral at which female mourners wear black bikinis. Drugs and drunkenness are rampant and casual. Slaptick gags include forgetting to give a sick man his medicine and then having a lot of things hit him on the head. Shaun is the straight man, surrounded by a horrendously dysfunctional family but loved by his stoner brother and supportive girfriend.

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