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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 EricDSnider

"Tom Green continues his streak of destroying everything he touches."
2 stars

The first 10 minutes of "Stealing Harvard" are raucously funny, full of zip and energy and surprises. Then Tom Green shows up and puts an end to all mirth and goodness.

He is the brick wall to the film's speeding automobile. His presence, like arsenic in a cake batter, changes the film to the point that even the good parts seem tainted by it. It becomes a Tom Green movie, rather than a movie that happens to include Tom Green.

To be fair, the parts of the film not directly related to the MTV prankster suffer from a fast descent into unoriginal puerility and illogic, too. But Green's parts are most egregious, and most ill-fitting with the rest of the film. I envision the script having pages that say, "SCENE 15: Tom Green does something ridiculous; supplies own dialogue; other characters stand by and react uneasily to him."

The likable Jason Lee plays John Plummer, a spineless shlub whose fiancee Elaine (Leslie Mann) dominates him, as does her thuggish father (Dennis Farina), who is also John's boss.

For convoluted reasons that don't make sense even in the movie, let alone in real life, John resorts to lying and theft as a means of raising money to help finance his niece's college education. For this, he enlists his dangerous and stupid friend Duff (Tom Green), whose schemes never work and who has no code of ethics, yet whom John still considers his best friend.

They embark on a series of impossible shenanigans designed to steal money from wealthy people and businesses. All of them fail, but the failures do not inspire introspection in John or Duff, nor do our heroes attempt to evaluate what has caused such moral bankruptcy within their souls. Indeed, the ethics of the scenario are ignored entirely, and the problem is ultimately solved with absurd ease, but not before Tom Green engages in comic bestiality, as is his wont.

The laughs, when they exist, come from Jason Lee's easy-going performance, with help from the dizzy Leslie Mann and sharply funny Megan Mullally as John's trailer-trash sister. Elsewhere, there is desolation.

The director, former Kid in the Hall Bruce McCulloch, ought not have given Tom Green so much free rein. Green cannot act: Even when reciting lines from the script and not of his own creating, he sounds like some guy off the street and not like a real actor. The difference between him and his professional co-stars is distinct. Not to put too fine a point on it, but Green ruins what might have otherwise been a reasonably mediocre movie.

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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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  13-Sep-2002 (PG-13)

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  14-Nov-2002




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