Stealing Harvard is a 2002 crime comedy film directed by Canadian filmmaker Bruce McCulloch, about a man who resorts to crime to pay for his niece's Harvard tuition.
The film stars Jason Lee
and Tom Green. Co-starring are Leslie Mann, Dennis Farina, Richard Jenkins, John C. McGinley, Tammy Blanchard, and Megan Mullally. Director Bruce McCullochhas a cameo appearance in the film as well, as John's lawyer in the courtroom scene.
The film centers around the misfortunate crime sprees of John (Lee) and Duff (Green). The different subplots involve John's family, his girlfriend and her father, a gun-toting judge and a dog with a love interest for Duff.
The movie provides:
- Creator Cameo: Director McCulloch is John Plummer’s lawyer.
- Crossdresser: John Plummer and later, Mr. Warner does this for Honorable Judge Emmett Cook.
- Golden Raspberry Award: Tom Green was nominated for worst supporting actor for this movie in the 2002 Golden Raspberry Awards.
- Hey, It's That Guy!: A young Dave Seville is the main character trying to steal money with . . .
. . . best friend Barry Manilow who both tried to steal from one of . . .
. . . his rich landscaping clients, the Honorable Judge Agent Boshane.
- Hilarious Outtakes
- Trigger Happy: Apparently the Honorable Judge Emmett Cook.
- What Could Have Been: Owen Wilson was set to play Duff.
- Working Title: Before release, the movie was variously known as "Promises, Promises, Promises," "The Promise," "Stealing U," "Uncle," "Say Uncle," "Stealing Stanford" and "You Promised."