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Humboldt County

3.8 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

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Peter Hadley, an uptight and disillusioned medical student is failed by one of his professors, who happens to be his father. Seeking some escape, Peter ends up in bed with a nightclub singer named Bogart, who invites him on a road trip to Humboldt County. It is here that he meets and is embraced by Bogart s eccentric marijuana farming family. When Bogart leaves Peter stranded, he begins a new journey of his own.

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  • Actors: Fairuza Balk, Peter Bogdanovich, Frances Conroy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Ent- Video Service Corp VSC
  • DVD Release Date: January 13, 2009
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001FB6ZG6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,955 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Humboldt County" on IMDb

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Honestly - I bought this movie without really reading the reviews - I just made sure it had plenty of good scenes showing northern california and I bought it. I spent a couple of years attending Humboldt State University - I ran on the track team - rode my mountain bike in the forest, and made some friends. I didn't smoke or wear flowery girlie shirts. I didn't run away to Moonstone beach to "find myself." I debated the NORML people on campus and got into plenty of arguments with the hippies from Los Angeles.

I gotta say - I loved this movie. This movie did not go "where I thought it was going to go." This movie was not a pro-marijuana advertisement, nor was it an anti-drug propaganda. This movie really showed both sides of the debate for the legalization of marijuana - but, moreover, this movie showed how "other people" live in our country. How escaping accepted society can open your eyes - how staying true to who you are is really the best drug.

This film falls into my category of "thank god a rich hollywood producer didn't make this film" category. You know, like the movies coming out of mexico and spain - and now of-course slumdog. These are the types of movies that have high paid actors and hollywood producers scared. They gotta be getting scared because these movies are, in my humble(d) opinion, far better than the sewage coming out of hollywood.

Get the movie - you'll like it.
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On the surface, Humboldt County is about a nerdish young medical student brushing up against marijuana farmers; but it's really a coming of age story in many ways. It's also a rather moving story. The acting is superlative and the cinematography couldn't have been better. The choreography for chase scenes is very well done; and the plot moves along at a good pace although perhaps just a few minutes could have been cut from the first hour or so of the movie.

When the action starts, we meet a young medical student, Peter Hadley, who is taking a final exam to pass medical school and get into a top notch medical residency program. Unfortunately Peter's professor--who is also his father--fails him because Peter prescribes the wrong medicine and treatment for the make-believe patient. Just before she leaves, the make-believe patient hands Peter a flyer about her jazz performance that night. Peter spends the night in the jazz club trying to feel better and he also has some romantic time alone with Bogart.

The next morning, Peter decides to go to Bogart's home with her even though he's way too sleepy to even ask where "home" is. As it turns out, her home is in Humboldt County in Northern California where many people grow and even farm marijuana. Peter is at first shocked and almost mortified by the whole thing--and things only get worse for Peter when he learns that Bogart has left the house where several people live and nobody knows when she'll return.

At first Peter is desperate to return to Los Angeles, but over time Peter learns to have increasing respect and compassion for these marijuana farmers who live off the land, respect each other and, in their own ways, love each other as one big extended family.
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Being a stoner my self, I did not know what this movie was about. This movie takes a different look at those people who smoke pot. Its shows they're really just normal people like every one else. Not sure what else to say really but, its got a good message i guess and it touches the heart. Deff. a good flick. Check it out fo sho
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My review was removed so re-posted as I was given a great deal of unpopular votes last time...Following on the tails of many pot films this quarter, Humboldt pulls no punches with the cover art and embraces the marijuana theme with a huge joint on the cover along with Balk pictured front and center.

Simply enough, this is a tediously long film containing numerous pot-induced discussions on such things as colonizing Mars and the meaning of many things in the character's lives revolving around the necessity of growing and smoking dope. The highlights of the story are the various and often used scenery locales in and around the said named County. Absolutely beautiful - would love to see them in BD. Otherwise, the story drags on indefinitely with several long takes that involve nothing except, well, nothing. The performances are fine, the script was easy enough when you have scenes involving beating up an abandoned vehicle for no reason, smoking dope with your children, blah, blah, blah.

The DVD has two painful docus that apparently are meant to be funny, with the directors "ambushing" their stars for interviews but being mistaken for other directors - lame. The main docu has the 2 directors sitting and eating cereal out of the bag as they loathe the process of film making (in a jest fashion I assume). The deleted scenes had the funniest scene removed and is almost worth the watch.

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Balk disappears 20 minutes into the film so do not see this for her sake. Bogdanovich appeared without effort, and his longest scene is at the end as he eats a sandwich (no dialogue) for 6 minutes. So I would say this is meant for the HC locals and hardcore dopers. Several of my usual dope film customers have already returned it having been bored, and most people have felt the tragic ending was misplaced and not needed. Not sure why there were so many high marks (sorry) but this film is not worth more than a discounted rental.
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