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Orange County

Orange County

Date: Feb 27 2002


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Miguel recently went to see Orange County. The movie stars Colin Hanks. He wants to go to Stanford University, but his high school guidance counselor messes up. She sends the wrong transcripts to Stanford, so the university will not accept him. Colin is very frustrated, so he gets the help of his family and friends to try to correct the error.
Anyone who has had trouble getting into college can relate to the movie.
Listen to and read Miguel’s take on the movie below.


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Nedra:  Did you say you were going to see a movie the other night?

Miguel:  Actually, I went to see Orange County.

Nedra:  How was it?

Miguel:  It was funny, but I really didn’t like Colin Hanks, who’s the main character. He’s Tom Hanks son.

Nedra:  He’s not as funny as his dad?

Miguel:  Well, he’s just kind of a dork. For some reason I just didn’t like his character and Jack Black is in that movie. You know him?

Nedra:  Oh yeah. He’s a funny guy.

Miguel:  He’s hilarious. He’s absolutely hilarious. And so, I was just frustrated that I liked Jack Black so much, but then, this other cat had to be the main character, you know.

Nedra:  Yeah, that’s usually the case with some of those comedies out there.

Miguel:  Yeah, other than him though, the cast is pretty good. There’s a lot of other famous comedians in the movie. So, if they just could have got rid of that kid, it would have been really good.

Nedra:  I can’t tell if you like the movie or not Miguel. What’s your final answer?

Miguel:  I would say it’s worth renting on video, but don’t pay the eight bucks to see it at the theatre.

Nedra:  OK.



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Miguel was mildly entertained by the movie Orange County. It doesn’t sound like Colin Hanks is as funny as his dad, Tom Hanks. However, there are other comedians in the movie, like Lilly Tomlin, that help make Orange County a funny movie.
Have you applied to a college? It’s a difficult process. Just thinking about it makes me nervous. Tell us about your experience on the Movie Madness message board!
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