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Overall Rating
2.03

Awesome: 5.88%
Worth A Look: 8.82%
Average: 14.71%
Pretty Bad: 23.53%
Total Crap47.06%

2 reviews, 22 user ratings


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Stealing Harvard
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by Scott Weinberg

"Jason Lee deserves better than this; Tom Green belongs right where he is."
1 stars

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.

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originally posted: 05/04/04 11:08:16
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User Comments

7/18/10 PAUL SHORTT POOR COMEDY 1 stars
9/02/05 Tom Burns Awful movie. 1 stars
7/06/04 StewieMcCrackens Jason Lee is in it, need i say more 5 stars
5/13/04 shitta this movie SUCKED 5 stars
5/04/04 Joseph Cicala pretty bad IMHO 2 stars
3/03/04 Star-Crosser Thank God Tom Green's career is over! 1 stars
10/25/03 Samuel They say Tom Green ruined it , I dont think he's great but he was made for this movie! 4 stars
8/21/03 Matt I disagree with bitchslap on this one. It was funny. You can't go in looking for too much 4 stars
2/20/03 catatafish I wish there was a rating below Sucks All Ass - what a piece of shite!] 1 stars
2/08/03 Chris Tom Green Is An Embarasment To The People Of Canada 1 stars
11/13/02 Andrew Carden Unfunny and Unorginal Mess. Only For Die-Hard Tom Green Fans. 1 stars
10/27/02 MarktheShark6 Being A Jason Lee fan, this movie was just perfect. Kudos Tom Green, kudos. 4 stars
9/24/02 Vincent Vondoga this movie=my dogs frozen poopsicles 1 stars
9/22/02 buttface mcbuttface i still love poon and penises 1 stars
9/17/02 Mike Lancaster One of the most painful moviegoing experiences of the year. 1 stars
9/17/02 Buddha Let's face it, they made this one only to cause they feared a SAG strike. Bad. 2 stars
9/16/02 ajay I chuckled a few times. tom green is *mostly* lame... everyone here was right:. just avg. 3 stars
9/15/02 Benjamin Leatherman A mixed bag, Tom Green is funny once in a while and Jason Lee is...well, Jason Lee. 3 stars
9/15/02 MyztiQ funny flick, despite Tom Green's antics 3 stars
9/15/02 voltron Too much Tom Green humour for my liking..Jason Lee kinda disappointed me. 3 stars
9/15/02 Banky Edwards I think I might change my name - Jason....what were you thinking!!???!?!??!??!?? 1 stars
9/14/02 Chancey Sugarpants Tolerable, despite the obnoxious Tom Green's presence. Barely Just Average. 3 stars
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USA
  13-Sep-2002 (PG-13)

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Australia
  14-Nov-2002




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