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Review by Steve Rhodes
1 star out of 4
First there's the good news about STEALING HARVARD, starring Tom Green and Jason
Lee. It is not nearly as bad as Green's last picture, FREDDIE GOT FINGERED,
which is literally one of the worst movies ever made.
The bad news is that STEALING HARVARD doesn't even rise to the level of a bad
television sitcom. The film's PG-13 rating spares us from the worst of Green's
notorious excesses, but he does chew up the scenery with abandon in one pratfall
and gross out joke after another. The moment you see trash cans along the road,
you can be sure that he will run into them with his van. Poor Jason Lee, an
accomplished actor with a long string of superior supporting roles in films like
MUMFORD, does his best, but the material lets him down at every turn. STEALING
HARVARD's supporting cast don't even waste time trying to act. They just read
their lines and leave.
The plot concerns a forgotten promise that John (Lee) made to Noreen (Tammy
Blanchard), the daughter of his trailer trash sister, Patty (Megan Mullally).
After Noreen lost the spelling bee in grade school, John promised that he'd pay
for her college if she was ever accepted. Noreen has been accepted into Harvard
and will need an extra thirty thousand dollars over and above her scholarship
money in order to matriculate. This sum turns out to be exactly the amount that
John needs in order to marry Elaine (Leslie Mann), the ditzy blonde with whom he
lives. Eventually John turns to his old buddy, Duff (Green), whose solution is
that they should steal the money. Of course, it doesn't prove to be as easy as
Duff suggests. And the movie isn't easy to endure. Save yourself the pain by
never starting to watch it in the first place.
STEALING HARVARD runs a long 1:23. It is rated PG-13 for "crude and sexual
humor, language and drug references" and would be acceptable for teenagers.
Copyright © 2002 Steve Rhodes
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