In Stealing Harvard
, the charming Jason Lee (Chasing Amy
, Almost Famous
) wastes his talent playing John, a nice guy who once rashly promised his niece that he would pay for her college education. Now she's been accepted into Harvard, and though John has just the right amount of money in the bank, that money is meant to buy a house for himself and his fiancée Elaine (Leslie Mann). Afraid of disappointing his niece, John enlists his friend Duff (Tom Green) on a spree of inane criminal escapades that go wrong. Lee is an engaging actor, but he can't make the half-baked gags of Stealing Harvard
funny. Similarly wasted are Megan Mullally, Dennis Farina, Chris Penn and others. --Bret Fetzer
Comedy in which a middle-class man turns to a life of crime in order to finance his niece's first year at Harvard University. Jon (Jason Lee) leads a simple and happy life. He has a beautiful fiancee and an assistant manager position at his future father-in-law's company. Everything seems perfect until John's favourite niece surprises him with her acceptance to Harvard University and he's reminded of a long forgotten oath he made to foot the bill.