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Orange County (2002)

Posted on Friday, May 12th, 2006 under Reviews | No comments

Orange County 3 out of 5 mistaken pill bottles

Even though I am feeling a bit under the weather today (I'm not sure if it is the flu or just a bad sore throat), I am still trying be up and about, doing things. So while taking care of the dishes in the sink and eating lunch, I watch the Orange County DVD I borrowed from Tyler.

Although I had totally forgotten about the foul language and the more than several references to awkward sexual relationships, I still thoroughly enjoyed this film. I had seen it a while ago, right about when Chad and Abi Ransom were getting ready to finish their time at FCC and Chad and I were hanging out and discussing Mac stuff.

It is kind of difficult to talk about the film and not want to disect the characters and their underlying emotions/relationships, in light of the fact that it is was the writer, Marcus Skinner, pretty much does during the film. His comments about Shaun's story are so telling of the director's aspirations for the actual movie, it feels kind of like a tongue-in-cheek moment.

Orange County has that great home town feel to it, with enough laid-back cool that is typical of movies about California, that is a real joy to watch. The narrative delivered by Shaun (Colin Hank) at several points in the movie really helps to connect the film with audiences, along with their subconscious inclination to want to chronicle their live as they live it.

The characters are familiar and distinct; Jack Black is masterful at playing the role of a washed-out party animal; and really any role given to Schuyler Fisk, you can count on affecting you.

Overall I would give it a full 4 out of 5 stars, but for the sake of wanting to scold the film for its many offensive attributes, I have to put it down to a 3.

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