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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 ›
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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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 12 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 on July 18, 2014 by Beth Bailey-Kingdon
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
Unexpectedly awesome! I'm from that area so I may be bias but that aside it was a moving and touching character study!Published on August 29, 2013 by blinkfan182