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Homegrown (1998)

Billy Bob Thornton , Hank Azaria , Stephen Gyllenhaal  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Billy Bob Thornton, Hank Azaria, Kelly Lynch, John Lithgow, Jon Tenney
  • Directors: Stephen Gyllenhaal
  • Writers: Stephen Gyllenhaal, Jonah Raskin, Nicholas Kazan
  • Producers: Andre Lamal, Howell Caldwell, Jason Clark, Naomi Foner
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2005
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0767812123
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,349 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Homegrown" on IMDb

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Released to only a handful of theaters in the spring and summer of 1998, Homegrown was neglected by nervous distributors who couldn't figure out how to market a movie about marijuana farmers. As a result, hardly anyone saw this cleverly plotted comedy-thriller about three experienced pot growers in northern California (Billy Bob Thornton, Hank Azaria, and Ryan Phillippe) who guard their valuable outdoor crop against raids by the cops and unwanted competitors. When their mysterious leader is apparently murdered, Thornton assumes the dead man's identity to arrange one last, lucrative bumper-crop deal, but pulling off the scam proves to be a lot harder than they'd anticipated. While the three potheads seek refuge with an old colleague (Kelly Lynch) and routinely sample their goods (which explains the film's theatrical obscurity), Homegrown turns into a taut thriller fueled by equal parts comedy and paranoid tension--an update of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre with marijuana instead of gold! Featuring cameo roles for Jamie Lee Curtis, Ted Danson, and John Lithgow, this entertaining film fell victim to the misguided fear that it promotes drugs and illegal activity. If anything, it promotes interesting characters, catchy dialogue, and a welcomed alternative to mainstream Hollywood comedies. --Jeff Shannon

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Five million dollars worth of California's sweetest export is up for grabs when a mysterious assailant kills the rightful owner. Now, three naive hired hands who witnessed the murder are drawn into adangerous world of double-dealing and death threats as they try to harvest and sell the yield. Takea deep breath and get ready to enjoy the most paranoid comedy of the growing season.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Victim of the times. September 30, 2004
It's a shame that "Homegrown" was but a brief blip on the box office radar screen, but it hardly ranks as the greatest injustice to befall a Hollywood product. This movie isn't a masterpiece. Still, it is thrilling, intriguing, funny, and provides a fascinating look at the subculture of marijuana growers. The performances seem spot-on, and the movie's creators have admirably avoided some common pitfalls: the growers aren't presented in a "Robin Hood" light, but neither are they demonized; the violence in the film is neither overstated nor glossed-over; and the ending, thankfully, isn't stock Hollywood. The film has a lot of creative integrity going for it. I do agree with another reviewer: this look into the growers' world whets the appetite for a look at the history of marijuana growing, and it would have been nice if the creative team behind the DVD had included such, even if only as a bonus feature.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Homegrown is a difficult movie to explain or market. Some people seem to want to call it a comedy to help ease the touchy marijuana subject, but it is really a crime drama, not a comedy. It's a comedy only in the way that some unseasoned criminals screw up on the job (as in an Elmore Leonard novel), but that's just relief from what is truly a dramatic film about marijuana farmers. One can't help but wonder how the studio planned to deal with a possible backlash to a film that presents marijuana farmers as good guys, not demons.

The cast is terrific, from Billy Bob Thornton to John Lithgow to Jamie Lee Curtis to Jon Bon Jovi, among many other big names. If you want to see a movie most people didn't get a chance to view on the big screen, check this one out.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Homegrown is a gift to anyone who's ever taken part in the herbacious sporting life. Billy Bob Thornton plays the smartest of three underachieving men guarding a mondo sized field of weed. He handles the role of senior man on site well. His acerbic wit is outstanding in this. His droll delivery of sarcastic disgust when outlining the obvious for the other two partners is pure music to my ears. I'd say 9 out of every 10 things he had to say were just brutally funny. In my opinion, nobody does this better then Billy. Hank Azaria plays the second man who's almost as smart but not quite and his lines are magic, too. Ryan Phillipe does well as the clueless kid, cursed by inexperience but packed with enthusiasm as were we all at his age. It's his youthful exuberance and naivete as he screws up that is so fun to watch. Overall, the movie is funny, even when it gets violent (which there's not much of). It somehow mixes humor you'd expect from potheads and the deeper type of humor found from clearer thinking minds. I've been both and this appealed to each side of my life experience. Whether you watch this in a smoke filled room or not, you will laugh hard and often.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excelent and Very Funny Movie October 3, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
The characters are human enough to be believable, but silly enough to be fun to watch. It has great on-location shots that made me feel I was in the woods on the Northern California coast. If the "illegal drugs" part of it bothers you, just pretend it's period piece set in Kentucky during the prohibition era. The only difference would be that, back then, the drug deemed evil by misguided government policy was alcohol. The problems prohibition caused -- crime, an underground economy and entire communities' willingness to protect their local trade -- are the same.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars review of a very funny video August 29, 2005
By Medron
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I had seen this video some while past and was looking to let a fried enjoy this humor,the video is super funny and quite well directed for such a different type of entertainment,this is a must see for all of billy bob lovers,get lost in the country for a couple of hours.

This movie will entertain all Medical Marijuana advacates as well as show the value of the statement [legalize and tax it ]

hope you like it as much as myself and a few chosen friends at a gathering of like minded people
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not another teen drug flick July 28, 2003
By A Customer
First of all, THIS IS NOT A SLAPSTICK DRUG MOVIE ALA CHEECH AND CHONG. I found this movie to be more of a drama/mystery than a comedy, and a very enjoyable, compelling, well-produced one at that. Sure, the plot revolves around the harvest and sale of a 'Green' crop, but the scenario that the characters are placed in and quality of the acting and direction is far from the slapstick drug comedies that I don't need to mention here. Parts of it reminded me of Fargo, in fact. With the head of the farm out of the picture, its up to the harvesters to negotiate the sale of the year's crop, and it turns out that the business side of the industry is anything but simple business. The plot twists and turns, the characters cling to their wits, and the excellent direction enhances the paranoia that creeps across every frame of the picture. This movie surprised me: definitely worth a rental.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Homegrown! September 26, 2004
By Gitters
Homegrown is part Dark Comedy/Thriller about a group of guys who sale pot.When they watch their boss get killed,they run off with enough weed to make there pay.Then they decide to good ahead and sale the rest of the pot growing on the land,so they house up with associate Lucy and they all work on selling their product together.A very entertaining movie to say the least,never boring.There is also an excellent cast, and a lot of cameo appearances.Billy Bob Thorton,Hank Azaria,Kelly Lynch,Ted Danson,and Jon Bon Jovi are just a few of the great talents in this movie.Homegrown is not a Cheech and Chong styled drug comedy,this is more of a dark comedy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars reminded me of reefer madness
Here to show you everything wrong with industry- I wanted to turn it off- but I paid for it so I watched the whole thing…waste of time I thought….
Published 5 months ago by Melissa Mogan
3.0 out of 5 stars Homegrown
Somewhat disappointing. Lots of big names but that is about all this movie offers. If you are expecting comedy go get some Cheech & Chong movies.
Published 7 months ago by David V V
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Great movie, had it on vhs and I had to upgrade to a dvd copy. It shipped pretty quickly and I recommend the purchase. It has a great cast.
Published 9 months ago by Brittney Vogt
5.0 out of 5 stars The headline
it's a great way to pass time. One of those things that's a simple plan going horribly wrong when the players are unaware of the job they try to do. Read more
Published 14 months ago by samuel vain
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome film
Loved it!!! Looking forward to it coming out on BluRay, that's my favorite movie for real and I am looking forward to that!
Published 15 months ago by Evelyn E. Roadway
5.0 out of 5 stars Great flick
Great story. Excellent cast. Set in the weed growing country of Northern California. A story of going for broke and losing.. With a Happy ending..
Published 17 months ago by dagger
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor tracking...
Froze / paused MANY times on either side of the disc. Do not purchse from this company if this is a indicator of the quality of their control of their dvs's. Lakewood, Colorado
Published 17 months ago by Jp Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars crazy
this movie is for all grown ups and it is worth the money i paid for it will watch this one again
Published 19 months ago by Mrs. Diane Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
I really liked this movie. Billy Bob is a fave of mine and he doesn't disappoint in this one. The whole cast was great.
Published on March 25, 2010 by S. Bloomfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie - unlike any other film about marijuana
This is one of my all-time favorite movies. Great cast, great plot, great screenplay. Very funny, but not in the way other movies about marijuana are. Read more
Published on October 15, 2008 by M. May
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