Stealing Harvard

Synopsis: Their intentions were honorable, their methods were criminal

John (Jason Lee) leads a simple and happy life. He has a beautiful fiancée and an assistant manager position at his future father-in-law’s company. Everything seems perfect, until John’s favorite niece surprises him with her acceptance to Harvard University and he’s reminded of a long forgotten oath he made to foot the bill!

Desperate, John turns to his hair brained and half witted best friend Duff (Tom Green) for advice. Thinking far outside the box, Duff convinces John that they must temporarily lead a life of crime to raise the needed cash!

From the director of Superstar and co-starring Megan Mullally (Emmy Award winning Best Supporting Actress for TV’s Will & Grace) and Dennis Farina (Snatch, Big Trouble), Stealing Harvard is an outrageous comedy of errors proving that getting into college is the easy part!

Stealing Harvard 8.0

I love Jason Lee – even when he hams it up (such as he does in this film); there’s just something about him that I adore (mind you, I haven’t seen him in many movies other than the Kevin Smith films…). Mix him up with Tom Green and Leslie Mann, and you have a perfectly nutty cast.

In ‘Stealing Harvard’, Lee plays a man who, on the verge of finally buying a home with his fiancé, comes face-to-face with a long-forgotten promise to pay his beloved niece’s college tuition. Due to limited funds and opportunities, he gets thrown into a series of absurd situations to try and make both dreams a reality.

It seems simple enough, and it is. But the ridiculousness of the characters and the tone of the piece really has me bursting with laughter each and every time. Personally, I love this type of twisted humour and it’s put together relatively well.

…and I say “relatively”, because there are some issues here and there (in the pacing, editing, and production, particularly). Personally, I think that this movie was made on a shoe-string budget (which is unfortunate because I think that director, and Kids In The Hall troupe-member, Bruce McCulloch deserves better than this – it’s exactly the sort of material he excels at).

Anyway, if not for these issues, I would probably give it an 8.5

(nota bene: I’m probably alone to esteem this film so much, however, based on the overall IMDB rating… 😉

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