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''Orange County'' is a 2002 teen comedy written by Mike White, directed by Jake Kasdan and starring Colin Hanks, Creator/JackBlack, and Schuyler Fisk.[[note]]In other words, it was directed by Lawrence Kasdan's son, and stars both Creator/TomHanks' son and Creator/SissySpacek's daughter.[[/note]] Also in the cast are Creator/CatherineOHara, Creator/JohnLithgow, Creator/LilyTomlin, and Creator/HaroldRamis, among others.

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''Orange County'' is a 2002 teen comedy written by Mike White, directed by Jake Kasdan and starring Colin Hanks, Creator/ColinHanks, Creator/JackBlack, and Schuyler Fisk.Creator/SchuylerFisk.[[note]]In other words, it was directed by Lawrence Kasdan's son, and stars both Creator/TomHanks' son and Creator/SissySpacek's daughter.[[/note]] Also in the cast are Creator/CatherineOHara, Creator/JohnLithgow, Creator/LilyTomlin, and Creator/HaroldRamis, among others.


* AdultFear:
** While they were surfacing, Shauns' friend Lonny died while trying to master a difficult wave. Though Shaun doesn't show as much of a reaction on the outside, on the inside he starts questioning his purpose in life and what he wants to do. Not to mention how death splintered his friend group and he stopped surfing.
** Shaun, after the failed village from a college alumnus, goes to the pool and tries to drown himself. Lance temporarily sheds his ManChild tendencies to pull him out and talk sense into him.



* BrilliantButLazy: Shaun, before Lonny's death.

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* BigBrotherInstinct: Lance is normally a moocher who hangs around doing drugs. He also pulls Shaun out of the pool when the latter tries to drown himself.
* BrilliantButLazy: Shaun, before Lonny's death. Afterward, he throws himself into his schoolwork to make something of his life. He compromises at the end, still being a good student but deciding to surf again.



* DownerBeginning: The movie starts with Shaun recalling out Lonny drowned while surfing. It does get lighter from there, oddly enough.



* FictionFiveHundred: Shaun is part of this; no one expects him to work or make something of his life because he and his friends come from extremely wealthy families. Heck, with how Shaun is determined to be a writer, he's more concerned about telling good stories than about building a career out of it with freelance or releasing books.



* HardTruthAesop: Shaun learns the hard way that college is not a guarantee that he'll become a successful writer. He sees that enough students at Stanford party as much as the kids at Orange County, and the writer Marcus Skinner tells him that he doesn't need to go to a top school to build his career. While the college in Orange County is not Ivy-League material, he can do well there because of his skills and drive.
* HeroicSafeMode: Shaun has been repressing his grief since Lonny died. He stops surfing and radically changes his behavior to try and deal with the sadness, meaningless of life, and the inevitability of death. Part of the reason that everyone doesn't take his goal to attend Stanford seriously is that they peg his mental state as being in mourning. The movie ends with him deciding to surf again, showing that he's accepted Lonny's death while deciding to make meaning out of his life.



* IvyLeagueForEveryone: Played for laughs when Shaun's counselor gets his amazing transcript mixed up with that of Shane Brainard who has a 2.5 GPA with a low combined SAT score of 940/1600 and because of that, Shane got into Stanford, when it should actually be Shaun. Made all the more funny in that Shane only applied to Stanford ''[[ForTheLulz as a joke]]''.

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* IvyLeagueForEveryone: Played for laughs when Shaun's counselor gets his amazing transcript mixed up with that of Shane Brainard who has a 2.5 GPA with a low combined SAT score of 940/1600 and because of that, Shane got into Stanford, when it should actually be Shaun. Made all the more funny funnier in that Shane only applied to Stanford ''[[ForTheLulz as a joke]]''.



** [[spoiler: Triple subverted with Shaun who ultimately decides to stay in Orange County despite his parents managing to get him into Stanford after all the calamity when he realizes it's his eccentric group of family and friends that inspire him as a writer.]]

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** [[spoiler: Triple subverted with Shaun who ultimately decides to stay in Orange County despite his parents managing to get him into Stanford after all the calamity when he realizes it's his eccentric group of family and friends that inspire him as a writer.]] He decides to go to the local college instead]],



* PrecisionFStrike: Averted with [[CurseCutShort Shaun's dad]]. Inverted with Lance, as Jack Black manages to sneak the f-word in so casually it's hardly noticable.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: The high school counsellor, who gets Shaun's transcript mixed up with another student's, leading to the plot of the rest of the movie, and does nothing to remedy this.

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* PrecisionFStrike: Averted with [[CurseCutShort Shaun's dad]]. Inverted with Lance, as Jack Black manages to sneak the f-word in so casually it's hardly noticable.
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* ObstructiveBureaucrat: The high school counsellor, counselor, who gets Shaun's transcript mixed up with another student's, leading to the plot of the rest of the movie, and does nothing to remedy this.



* StepfordSmiler: Cindy.



* StepfordSmiler: Cindy.

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* StepfordSmiler: Cindy.SweetAndSourGrapes: After the wild night and getting back home, [[spoiler:Shaun finds out that his parents reconcile and his dad pulled some strings to get him into Stanford. Then he thinks about what Marcus Skinner told him about how he doesn't need to go to a good college to learn how to write. Shaun tells his family and girlfriend that he's staying in Orange County and going to the local UC school]].


* IvyLeagueForEveryone: Played with for laughs when Shaun's counselor gets his amazing transcript mixed up with that of Shane Brainard who has a 2.5 GPA with a low combined SAT score of 940 and because of that, Shane got into Stanford, when it should actually be Shaun. Made all the more funny in that Shane only applied to Stanford ''[[ForTheLulz as a joke]]''.

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* IvyLeagueForEveryone: Played with for laughs when Shaun's counselor gets his amazing transcript mixed up with that of Shane Brainard who has a 2.5 GPA with a low combined SAT score of 940 940/1600 and because of that, Shane got into Stanford, when it should actually be Shaun. Made all the more funny in that Shane only applied to Stanford ''[[ForTheLulz as a joke]]''.


* IvyLeagueForEveryone: Played for laughs when Shaun's counselor gets his amazing transcript mixed up with that of Shane Brainard who has a 2.5 GPA with a low combined SAT score of 940 and because of that, Shane got into Stanford, when it should actually be Shaun. Made all the more funny in that Shane only applied to Stanford ''[[ForTheLulz as a joke]]''.

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* IvyLeagueForEveryone: Played with for laughs when Shaun's counselor gets his amazing transcript mixed up with that of Shane Brainard who has a 2.5 GPA with a low combined SAT score of 940 and because of that, Shane got into Stanford, when it should actually be Shaun. Made all the more funny in that Shane only applied to Stanford ''[[ForTheLulz as a joke]]''.


** [[Spoiler: Creator/KevinKline]] as Marcus Skinner, a renowned writer who Shaun hopes to study under at Stanford.

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** [[Spoiler: Creator/KevinKline]] [[spoiler:Creator/KevinKline]] as Marcus Skinner, a renowned writer who Shaun hopes to study under at Stanford.


* CreatorCameo: Mike White as the English teacher.

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** [[Spoiler: Creator/KevinKline]] as Marcus Skinner, a renowned writer who Shaun hopes to study under at Stanford.
* CreatorCameo: The film's writer Mike White as the English teacher.


** NotSoAboveItAll: Stanford is considered one of the most prestigious and selective universities ever accepting only the "best and the brightest" or the so-called "future leaders of America". However, Shaun quickly learns that it's really nothing more than a glorified party school.


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* NotSoAboveItAll: Stanford is considered one of the most prestigious and selective universities ever accepting only the "best and the brightest" or the so-called "future leaders of America". However, Shaun quickly learns that, as far as the student life is concerned, it's really nothing more than a glorified party school.


* FantasyForbiddingFather: Bud doesn't approve of Shaun's aspiration to become a writer.



** [[spoiler: Triple Subverted with Shaun who ultimately decides to stay in Orange County despite his parents managing to get him into Stanford after all the calamity when he realizes it's his eccentric group of family and friends that inspire him as a writer.]]

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** [[spoiler: Triple Subverted subverted with Shaun who ultimately decides to stay in Orange County despite his parents managing to get him into Stanford after all the calamity when he realizes it's his eccentric group of family and friends that inspire him as a writer.]]


* TheCameo: Creator/BenStiller appears as a fireman who comes across Lance, [[spoiler: who burned down the Stanford admissions building.]] He sees right through the lie that Lance tells him about [[spoiler: how the building burned down]], and he advises the authorities to be on a look-out for him.

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* TheCameo: TheCameo:
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Creator/BenStiller appears as a fireman who comes across Lance, [[spoiler: who burned down the Stanford admissions building.]] He sees right through the lie that Lance tells him about [[spoiler: how the building burned down]], and he advises the authorities to be on a look-out for him.him.
** Creator/ChevyChase is Shaun's lecherous high school principal.


* TheCameo: Creator/Ben Stiller appears as a fireman who comes across Lance, who burned down the Stanford admissions building. He sees right through the lie that Lance tells him about how the building burned down, and he advises the authorities to be on a look-out for him.

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* TheCameo: Creator/Ben Stiller Creator/BenStiller appears as a fireman who comes across Lance, [[spoiler: who burned down the Stanford admissions building. building.]] He sees right through the lie that Lance tells him about [[spoiler: how the building burned down, down]], and he advises the authorities to be on a look-out for him.

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* TheCameo: Creator/Ben Stiller appears as a fireman who comes across Lance, who burned down the Stanford admissions building. He sees right through the lie that Lance tells him about how the building burned down, and he advises the authorities to be on a look-out for him.


* ArtisticLicenseGeography: Lance claims he's able to drive Shaun and Ashely to Stanford "in 3 hours". Anyone familiar with the length of the California coastline knows it would usually take about twice that time at minimum, even with the fact that Lance was [[DrivesLikeCrazy driving like a maniac]]. The distance from Orange County to Stanford is about 400 miles (643 km) meaning Lance would have be consistently traveling over 130mph to get there in 3 hours.

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* ArtisticLicenseGeography: Lance claims he's able to drive Shaun and Ashely to Stanford "in 3 hours". Anyone familiar with the length of the California coastline knows it would usually take about twice that time at minimum, even with the fact that Lance was [[DrivesLikeCrazy driving like a maniac]]. The distance from Orange County to Stanford is about 400 miles (643 km) meaning Lance would have be consistently traveling over 130mph to get there in 3 hours. Of course, it's most likely that Lance simply miscalculated.


''Orange County'' is a 2002 teen comedy written by Mike White, directed by Jake Kasdan and starring Colin Hanks, Creator/JackBlack, and Schuyler Fisk.[[note]]Meaning it was directed by Lawrence Kasdan's son, and stars both Creator/TomHanks' son and Creator/SissySpacek's daughter.[[/note]] Also in the cast are Creator/CatherineOHara, Creator/JohnLithgow, Creator/LilyTomlin, and Creator/HaroldRamis, among others.

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''Orange County'' is a 2002 teen comedy written by Mike White, directed by Jake Kasdan and starring Colin Hanks, Creator/JackBlack, and Schuyler Fisk.[[note]]Meaning [[note]]In other words, it was directed by Lawrence Kasdan's son, and stars both Creator/TomHanks' son and Creator/SissySpacek's daughter.[[/note]] Also in the cast are Creator/CatherineOHara, Creator/JohnLithgow, Creator/LilyTomlin, and Creator/HaroldRamis, among others.


** NotSoAboveItAll: Stanford is considered one of the most prestigious and selective universities ever accepting only the "best and the brightest" or the so-called "future leaders of America". However, Shaun quickly learns that it's really nothing more than a glorified party school.



* NotSoAboveItAll: Stanford has a reputation of being one of the most prestigious and selective universities ever accepting only the "best and the brightest" or the so-called "future leaders of America". However, Shaun quickly learns that it's really nothing more than a glorified party school.


* NotSoAboveItAll: Stanford has a rep of being one of the most prestigious and selective universities ever accepting only the "best and the brightest" or the so-called "future leaders of America". However, Shaun learns that it's really nothing more than a glorified party school.

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* NotSoAboveItAll: Stanford has a rep reputation of being one of the most prestigious and selective universities ever accepting only the "best and the brightest" or the so-called "future leaders of America". However, Shaun quickly learns that it's really nothing more than a glorified party school.


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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: In-universe. Shaun's story is practically an autobiography as his characters are clearly modeled off his family and friends.

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