Heavy Boys (2002)

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German title Heavy guys
Original title Stealing Harvard
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 2002
length 85 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Bruce McCulloch
script Peter Tolan
production Susan Cavan
music Christophe Beck
camera Ueli Steiger
cut Malcolm Campbell

Heavy Boys is a comedic drama directed by Bruce McCulloch that was shot in the United States in 2002 .


John Plummer lives with his girlfriend Elaine. You saved $ 30,000 as a down payment on a home purchase. But then John learns that his niece Noreen has got a place at Harvard . Years ago she had carelessly promised to finance her studies if she tried hard to get a place. Since he doesn't dare to tell his girlfriend that he needs the money earmarked for the house purchase to study his niece and that his girlfriend has already bid on her dream house without his knowledge, he tries the money together with his friend Duff other ways to procure.

During a break-in attempt, he is discovered by the house owner Emmett Cook and forced by him not only to slip into women's clothes, but also to slip into the role of his deceased wife. Duff arranges a mock robbery with a befriended supermarket operator in order to collect the lottery money and the amount insured. Only the clerk on duty is not privy to it and hits John and Duff to escape with a rifle. The attack on the supermarket also fails, but the two are harassed by the investigating Detective Charles. Thereupon John decides to turn to his former classmate David Loach, who is now working as a petty crook, in order to collect the required amount. Almost unknowingly, John becomes the getaway driver of a bank robbery carried out by David Loach. However, with Detective Charles unable to produce incriminating evidence against John and Duff, the two remain at large.

Because of John's frequent absences, Elaine fears that he's having a relationship with another woman. When John admits to his financial difficulties, they decide together with Duff to carry out a robbery on the business of their father, John's employer. Although they find the US $ 50,000 hidden in the business premises, the police arrest them before they can escape with the loot.

While John makes no statement during interrogation, Duff portrays him as the mastermind behind the break-in and is set free. John, however, is put on trial, where he again meets Emmett Cook, who presides over John's trial as a judge. John signals to Cook that the photo taken the night they were together is in his possession, whereupon Cook acquits him due to a lack of evidence.

John receives a $ 1,000 envelope from his friend Duff. He carries this money to the racecourse in order - as recommended by Duff - to place it on an outsider in a bet with odds of 30: 1. Following his intuition, he wins the money to study his niece at this horse race .

As a result, John and Elaine get married, buy their dream home and Noreen begins her Harvard studies.


The film was shot in Los Angeles . Filming began on April 15, 2001 and ended in July 2001. The budget available to him was estimated at around 25 million US dollars . On September 13, 2002, the film celebrated its film premiere with its theatrical release in the USA. It opened in German cinemas on February 13, 2003. On the opening weekend, more than 6 million US dollars were raised in the USA, with a total of almost 14 million US dollars in the USA.

Before the film was released, the film title was u. a. the name "Stealing Stanford" in conversation. However, Stanford University prohibited the use of this name. Even with the cast, concessions had to be made, so that the originally planned cast of Owen Wilson had to be reassigned for the role of Duff with Tom Green .

Although the film by Canadian director Bruce McCulloch was shot in the USA, some typical Canadian items can be seen, including Moosehead beer and a bag from the Canadian airline Canada 3000 .

Director Bruce McCulloch is seen making a cameo as John's lawyer towards the end of the film.


Variety magazine's Scott Foundas writes that the film is “excruciatingly flat and incredibly artificial. Only masochistic viewers like it. "

The editorial team of Cinema judges: “What at first seems like a comedic chaos ride with generous intent mutates into a pseudo-moral idiot tour peppered with common puny crimes such as guys in women's clothes and horny dogs. Only the street humor of MTV brute comedian Tom Green, which takes some getting used to, makes the audience smile with embarrassment one or the other time. "

The editorial team of TV Spielfilm sums it up: “[…] some gags […] let you sink into the ground with shame. But the script pleasantly combines age-old embarrassments with little gems, and thank God the director was careful not to get too hectic. "

Nominations and Awards

Tom Green was nominated for the Golden Raspberry as worst supporting actor in 2003 for this film .

Individual evidence

  1. Release certificate for heavy boys . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , January 2003 (PDF; test number: 92 671 K).
  2. Locations according to the Internet Movie Database
  3. a b c d Start dates according to the Internet Movie Database
  4. Budget and box office results according to the Internet Movie Database
  5. a b c d e background information according to the Internet Movie Database
  6. Film review  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , Variety , Scott Foundas, September 12, 2002@1@ 2Template: Dead Link / www.variety.com  
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  9. Nominations and awards according to the Internet Movie Database

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