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Orange County (2002), PG-13
Analysis Date: January 13, 2002
CAP Score: 33
CAP Influence Density: 1.64
ORANGE COUNTY (PG-13) -- Maybe someday teen movies will challenge the intellect of our teens -- but not this one.
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Director(s): Jake Kasdan
Producer(s): Scott Rudin, David Gale
Written by/Screenplay: Michael White
Cinematography/Camera: Greg Gardiner
Music: Michael Andrews
While out surfing (which resulted in the death of one of his beach bum buddies) Vista Del Mar High School senior Shaun Brumder (Colin Hanks, son of Tom Hanks) finds a copy of "Straight Jacket" by Marcus Skinner nearly buried in the sand, which he reads 52 times. Mesmerized by it, Shaun wants to grow up above the "Sean Penn" beach bum licentious lifestyle and become a writer. He thought he just had to go to Stanford University to be a really good writer because that is where Marcus Skinner was working. Shaun thought that Skinner could become his mentor.
By the scoring of his aptitude tests, Shaun's dense high school counselor (Ruth Ann Buzzi) thinks he is a shoe-in for Stanford. Then why was he rejected? Because the counselor sent in the wrong transcript. Not taking "No" for an answer, Sean and his girlfriend Ashley (Schuyler Fisk, daughter of Sissy Spacek) trek to Stanford to try to convince the school to let him attend. Along with Ashley, Sean takes his perpetually stoned and perpetually on the run from the law brother Lance (Jack Black). A decision which turns out to be an inflammatory combination - literally. After arguing with the Admissions clerk about letting Shaun attend, Lance drops his pants in front of the clerk to entice her The Admin building is burned down by Lance after sex with the admissions clerk. Yes, this was an R-13
During one of those college parties which movie makers have taught us to think of as lawless, drunken, dope-smoking, sex orgies, Sean notices Skinner (Kevin Kine) himself walking the paths of Stanford. Chasing him down, Sean asks him what he thought of a story Sean had sent him earlier. the answer Skinner gave was supposedly earth-shaking. At least Sean's portion of the earth.
After some $40,000,000 shenanigan by his father, Sean gets accepted into Stanford. But once Sean got the conflicted word by the "master" himself, Sean comes to realize that if he does not have to leave home - a place of conflicted relationship - to be a good writer. And that pleases divorced mom and dad (Catherine O'Hara and John Lithgow), who use this episode of rescuing their son to get back together again.
All sounds relatively innocent, right? Nope. There is sexual talk, crude and toilet humor, lesbian AND homosexual kissing, inappropriate touch, implied intercourse with girls on top of boys in bed necking, stripping to underwear to entice and more sexual immorality [Rev. 2:20]. Twelve uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, two of the most foul of the foul words head up the Impudence/Hate score [Col. 3:8]. "Mom! get a grip", teen arrogance against parents, generally lousy parenting and licentious lifestyle didn't help the Impudence/Hate score any [Prov. 6:20, Is. 30:1, 1Tim. 4:12, Eph. 6:4]. Teen drinking, teen drunkenness, drug intoxication and drug abuse whacked off nearly all of the starting 100 points in the Drugs/Alcohol investigation area [Gal. 5:21]. Nine uses of God's name in vain both with and without the four letter expletive dissolved more than half of the Offense to God points [Deut. 5:11]. All this is okay for your 13 year old ... according to the MPAA anyway. But not to Jesus. He tells us that people who teach and/or cause our little ones (which includes at-home teens) to sin should be weighted with a millstone around their necks then cast into the sea [Luke 17:2]. And that is New Testament Scripture.
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