"Jason Lee deserves better than this; Tom Green belongs right where he is."
Urgh. What's worse than a laugh-free comedy?Well, I can think of a few things:
1. The clearly talented Jason Lee wasting his exemplary character actor skills on garbage like this and A Guy Thing.
2. Criminally cool actor John C. McGinley being relegated to Gimmick Casting as a bald and abusive policeman.
3. A casting director who thinks that Tom Green has something positive to add to any feature film.
4. Being forced to sit through something like Stealing Harvard for a second time in an effort to pen an objective movie review.
To call it a one-joke comedy would be a compliment, only the joke here isn't all that funny. Nice guy John is forced to own up on a ridiculous old promise to pay his neice's way through Harvard. Since all his money is tied up in his fiancee's dream house, John and his imbecilic buddy Duff try to steal it.
Lee sleepwalks through his lead role, Green tries hard to breathe some life into the proceedings but hasn't the skill, the always blustery Dennis Farina ravages the scenery, frothing and cursing at every turn. The women are dilneated as either sluts or freaky ice queens, and (most important above any and all else) Peter Tolan's atrocious screenplay yields precisely zero laughs. Sure, you may get a chuckle as Green's van plows down a few trashcans but that's about as amusing as Stealing Harvard gets: vans knocking over trash cans.
How director Bruce McCulloch, who as a former member of The Kids in the Hall clearly knows how to make people laugh, thought his film housed any real laughs is beyond me."Stealing Harvard" is a limp and lazy affair, and a flick that positively reeks of contractual obligation.