Tom Green is a comedian who likes to go around and pull pranks on everybody. Among his most famous is putting a cow head in his parents' bed, suckling a cow's udder, throwing plastic babies... See full summary »
A man turns to a life of crime to pay for his niece's tuition for her first year at a prestigious university. His girlfriend also wants him to pay $30,000 for the down payment on a house; and his buddy is a bad influence on him.Written by
Before release, the movie was variously known as: "Promises, Promises, Promises", "The Promise", "Stealing U", "Uncle", "Say Uncle", "Stealing Stanford" (Stanford refused to allow it), and "You Promised". See more »
John showing up late to his niece's spelling bee and promising to pay for her to go to college is all caught on home video. But since John, his sister, and his niece are all in the video, there doesn't seem to be anyone left to shoot it. More than that, the camera angle repeatedly shifts, indicating that two cameras were taping the event and that the two versions were later edited together See more »
We should make up some fake names.
Just in case we have to communicate while we're inside.
I wanna be Kyle. I knew this guy at camp. He was maybe 13. He got *two* girls pregnant, man. *Two* girls pregnant. Yea, Kyle. Who you gonna be?
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Jason Lee is listed in the main titles as "Ja$on Lee" See more »
You'll be disappointed, esp. if you're a Lee fan...
I wasn't expecting this to be a great film. But I thought, "Hey Jason Lee's in it...can't be too bad." Well...I was wrong.
The premise of "Stealing Harvard" is pretty stupid to begin with, and it doesn't get much better. When she's a little girl, John promises his niece Noreen that if she gets into college, he will pay for it. About ten years later, Noreen is accepted to Harvard and John is supposed to come up with the remaining $30,000 she doesn't have in scholarship money.
John is a very "normal" guy. (So normal in fact that Jason Lee's performance is downright boring.) So it's hard to believe that he would ever do anything outrageous. Somehow, however, he manages to listen to the crazy ideas of his inept friend Duff (Tom Green). Together, the two do all kinds of crazy things to try and make the money.
It's one of those movies where all sorts of ridiculous, unbelievable things happen. For some movies (Dumb and Dumber, Happy Gilmore) this works, because it has that "stupid funny" feel. "Stealing Harvard" only pulls off stupid, not funny. The characters aren't likable, believable, or interesting.
To make matters worse, the movie actually tries to be serious at parts - bringing into play the fact that John's parents died when he was young and trying to get into marriage issues and a father/daughter relationship with John's wife and her father. It's not a strong enough movie to pull this off.
Simply put, "Stealing Harvard" was not funny, not enjoyable, and not even bad enough to make fun of properly. If you're looking for a great Lee performance, or even a typically outrageous Tom Green performance, don't waste your time.
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