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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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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Unlike so many posters here, I didn't see this as a movie about pot, pro or con. That's just the milieu. I saw it as a tragedy. Read morePublished 3 months ago by amy bown
Enjoyed the cinematography of humboldt county. Makes me want to not visit for fear of stumbling on booby traps at a hidden weed patch.Published 6 months ago by William S.
A shattered and disillusioned med student falls in with a completely dysfunctional Humboldt County family whose illusions are firmly in place because their joys and dreams died... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Beth Bailey-Kingdon
If you enjoy dysfunctional families, lots of foul language and a depiction of most people of Humboldt county as totally whacked out druggies, this video is for you. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Dennis J. McCarn
I've lived there and this is a dud. Don't waste your money. There are a few funny scenes but how could you go wrong with such an amazing country for the movie set?Published on February 7, 2014 by Happy Poet
I skipped through it. CM was so douchey in this movie, I no longer have a crush on him, so Im glad for that, but yuck, terrible acting, idiotic, nonexistent plot. Read morePublished on January 29, 2014 by smashbox24cr
If you love northern Cali and the counterculture, you will enjoy this film. It's more than your typical stoner flick! It's entertaining and moving, a beautiful film.Published on September 19, 2013 by <3