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Humboldt County (2008)

Fairuza Balk , Peter Bogdanovich  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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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 (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001FB6ZG6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,677 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Humboldt County" on IMDb

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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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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Caught me off gaurd April 23, 2009
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars dont waste your time April 27, 2013
By bmad
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This movie was a complete waste of time. Terrible acting, not funny at all, and the plot was absolute trash.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars COLLEGE STUDENT WHO NEVER SMOKED POT August 6, 2010
Peter fails out of medical school. His dad is the one who actually fails him.

Peter is a pathetic loner, wall flower, very straight type of guy. He meets jazz singer, Bogart (as in don't bogart that joint my friend) played by Fairuza Balk. She seduces Peter rather quickly and they end up going back to her secluded home, which was about a day's drive away. Here Bogart meets her boyfriend, Max, as well as a large extended family.

They grow pot for a living. Peter is like a fish out of water and wants to leave, but has no transportation. After Peter spends the night, Bogart leaves the movie never to return. Peter, living with strangers, eventually tries the pot and adopts his new family as they get stoned and talk about how to run a colony on Mars.

Brad Dourif gives us the best performance as the ex-professor now pot grower. This is not a stoner movie, but a movie about people getting stoned.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Life Gone to Pot - and Back December 22, 2011
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HUMBOLDT COUNTY is a taste f the 60s and 70s drug culture when many disillusioned people, young and old, picked up and moved to the scenic wonder - and pot farms - of Humboldt County, California. Darren Grodsky and Danny Jacobs co-wrote and co-directed this little throw back in history and the result is a bit of nostalgia and some fine characterizations by a solid cast.

Jerry Hadley (Jeremy Strong) is a medical student trumped by his medical school professor father (Peter Bogdanovich) into failing medical school, and the only apparent way for the fairly clueless and disillusioned Jerry is to try the world outside. He begins with a strange relationship with Bogart (Fairuza Balk) and ends up headed to Humboldt County where he encounters folks living off the profits (both mentally and economically) of growing marijuana. He becomes friends with the free spirits Max (Chris Messina), Rosie (Frances Conroy), Jack (Brad Dourif) and in the midst of the atmosphere, Jerry 'inhales' and begins to figure out where his life should actually be headed.

The movie seems to be a bit of fluff, but written into the lines is a lot of wise philosophy - if you choose to take it that way. Good performances and a clever script make the movie a nice diversion. Grady Harp, December 11
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3.0 out of 5 stars If you're looking for a feel-good film, this ain't it.
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 more
Published 3 months ago by Beth Bailey-Kingdon
2.0 out of 5 stars Marijuana
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 more
Published 7 months ago by Dennis J. McCarn
1.0 out of 5 stars Dud
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 8 months ago by Happy Poet
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
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 more
Published 8 months ago by smashbox24cr
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film ...
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 13 months ago by <3
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific
Unexpectedly awesome! I'm from that area so I may be bias but that aside it was a moving and touching character study!
Published 14 months ago by blinkfan182
5.0 out of 5 stars surprise ending
great movie, was sure surprised by the ending; all about people living off the grid, living very high off the grid.
Published 18 months ago by T. KASPER
4.0 out of 5 stars humbolt as it was 30 or more years ago.
There was a time when we were just gardening and getting by. Enjoying this precious piece of earth tilling and tending and loving our friends and neighbors.
Published 18 months ago by Krystal Williams
1.0 out of 5 stars Should never have been made
I would advise folks not to waste time on this film. I kept asking myself why they bothered to make it and kept hoping that somewhere there would be some redeeming value but alas... Read more
Published 20 months ago by King Richard
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it.
It was nice to see the culture behind that lifestyle. It portrayed it rather well. A great balance between family and business. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Ashley
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