Thursday, 7 June 2012
The Real Stars Of Orange County
It's a very classically American film, set in one of the most stereotypical US states and essentially, as it's about the failure of Shaun's dream, is a film about the failure of the modern American Dream. Shaun is portrayed as the "everyman" figure, stifled by the society he lives in. He is a typical American kid; wise-cracking and cynical but sweet in his struggle to escape Orange County. The obstacles put in his way utilise stereotypes such as the moronic college counsellor and the free-loading brother to comment on Shaun's alienation from the people around him. He views them as idiotic at the start of the film but gradually comes to realise their worth, both as people and writing material and in this way he solves his internal conflict with his hometown.
I would give this film a lot of stars and recommend it hugely. It's really enjoyable and, undeservedly, probably less well-known than many movies of its genre.
(All pictures from Google search.)