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Film / Stealing Harvard

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Stealing Harvard is a 2002 American crime comedy film directed by Kids in the Hall alumnus 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 McCulloch has 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:

  • Asshole Victim: Mr. Warner after being forced to cuddle with Judge Cook, and once John desires to make him the focus of the final robbery.
  • Ambiguously Bi: A deleted scene on the DVD is an extension of John and Elaine’s wedding day. During the reception, it is strongly hinted that Mr. Warner and Judge Cook have entered a same-sex relationship. Despite being total strangers, initially, the two have stayed in touch and become close enough “friends” to where Warner invites Cook to the ceremony as what appears to be a date. When John questions Warner’s decision to invite Cook, they grow increasingly nervous over-explaining that they merely “carpooled” before exchanging a mutual look of guilt.
  • Creator Cameo: Director McCulloch is John Plummer’s lawyer.
  • Cope by Pretending: Honorable Judge Emmett Cook forces would-be burglars to cuddle with him while impersonating his deceased wife. He keeps his gun aimed at them, while he recalls precious memories and they’re only allowed to agree with everything he says.
  • Crossdresser: John Plummer and later, Mr. Warner does this for Honorable Judge Emmett Cook.
  • Hilarious Outtakes
  • Trigger-Happy: Apparently the Honorable Judge Emmett Cook.