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Stealing Harvard

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Dated comedy caper has language, sex, iffy humor.

Movie PG-13 2002 85 minutes
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A footnote on the resumes of early 2000s stars Lee and Tom Green, this is a buddy comedy that runs on strained jokes rather than any real chemistry between the leads. Stealing Harvard is also stocked with characters so clichéd it's almost as though the writers expect the audience to fill in the blanks, because we've seen them all before. Lee has little to do other than bob along as the disapproving straight man in a bind. Meanwhile, bizarrely, Green is mostly shackled from the physical and gross-out humor that made him famous. Like most male-buddy comedies of the era, the female lead, Leslie Mann, is sidelined as John's fiancee, until the final act, where she's allowed to tag along for the climax.

And while Richard Jenkins is wasted in a series of dated gags that revolve around cross-dressing, thankfully the generic script doesn't totally smother the comedic talents of the supporting cast. Cameos from John C. McGinley, Martin Starr, and Dennis Farina liven things up, as they somehow manage to beat some chuckles out of the material they're given. The rest of it's about as much fun as being hit with a series of student loan repayments.

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