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Everyones favorite pot-selling soccer mom, Nancy Botwin, is back in the complete fourth season of the hit series WEEDS. Last time we saw her, Nancys business (and house) was going up in smoke. So the Botwin bunch has relocated near the border for a fresh start with some new buds. Lifes looking green again in this subversive and buzz-worthy comedy.
Nancy goes on a long, strange trip as Weeds celebrates its fourth year. After Mary-Louise Parker's drug-dealing mom burns down the Agrestic rental, the Botwin clan flees to Bubbie's beach house, near Tijuana, where they reluctantly join forces with Nancy's cranky father-in-law, Lenny (Albert Brooks). While Celia (Elizabeth Perkins) does time for renting out a grow house, Nancy cozies up to a Mexican drug cartel. With nowhere else to go, Doug (Kevin Nealon) joins Nancy, Andy (Justin Kirk), Silas (Hunter Parrish), and Shane (Alexander Gould) in Ren Mar.
Sometimes change is a good thing, sometimes not. As creator Jenji Kohan explains in her commentary, "The writers were getting kind of restless." Adds writer Roberto Benabib: "We were done with suburbia." Fortunately, the new location adds interest, and Brooks makes for an inspired (albeit brief) addition, but Celia's punishment--humiliation, beating, pistol whipping--for selling out Nancy goes on too long. (The original theme song and opening credits also disappear after the premiere.) When a cigar-chomping politico (Demián Bichir) and an attractive divorcée (Julie Bowen) with an eye for 17-year-old Silas enter the picture, events take a darker, sexier turn. Even 13-year-old Shane, who longs to join the family business, acquires a couple of groupies.
As in previous years, the season ends with a cliffhanger, but in light of the insurmountable scrapes she's got herself into before, Nancy seems likely to emerge unscathed in year five when Jennifer Jason Leigh joins the show. If comedy takes a backseat to drama this time around, Weeds remains compulsively, addictively watchable. Bonus features include seven cast and crew commentaries--Parker and Gould are the only key players missing--and eight featurettes, including a tour of Bubbie's tchotchke-filled abode and a look at the Drug Enforcement Agency, which plays a regular part in the program. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.75 inches; 6.4 Ounces
- Item model number : 25361
- Director : Adam Bernstein, Craig Zisk, David Steinberg, Julie Anne Robinson, Michael Trim
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 4 hours and 22 minutes
- Release date : June 2, 2009
- Actors : Mary-Louise Parker, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould, Kevin Nealon, Justin Kirk
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish
- Language : Unqualified
- Studio : Lionsgate
- ASIN : B001AQBGM4
- Writers : Brendan Kelly
- Number of discs : 3
- Best Sellers Rank: #44,441 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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I had great hopes for Weeds after the destruction of Agrestic and the uneven season three. It seemed that a true break from the stale format of the show could be a good jumping off point into the new season. Unfortunately the show continues to be uneven and disappointing even after a move to Ren Mar.
All in all, even a subpar Weeds is better than 90% of the TV on regular cable and the networks. It's only after the great first two seasons that Weeds starts to show some fatigue. Below I tried to hit on what I thought were the highs and lows of the season. Which obviously could spoil some things if you haven't watched it.
The good: Albert Brooks does a great job as the despicable Uncle Lenny. Doug and 'El Andy' start up their own coyote business, running illegals across the border. Doug and Silas try to start up their own medical marijuana shop. Doug and Andy end up in a love triangle with one of the illegals.
The so-so: Nancy tries running drugs for Guillermo across the Tijuana border and starts up a maternity store-front for a drug tunnel. Celia reaches rock bottom and develops an addiction problem after begging for a job from Nancy. Shane uses violence and selling drugs to be the cool kid at his new school. Nancy has a relationship with the drug boss, Esteban.
The bad: The Hodes dysfunction and Isabella trying to decide which parent is better to live with. Silas relationship with a woman his mom's age and selling MJ at the cheese shop. Nancy going to the DEA when she discovers guns and women are being smuggled through the tunnel. The relationship issues between Nancy and Andy.
For me the main story lines were just too out there and uninteresting and the side plots with the family aren't given enough air time.
So, with all of my complaints, why am I giving this a four stars? Well, the show is still pretty funny, though I'm far more interested in Andy and Kevin Nealon's character than the botwin clan. I liked where most of the stories went, but can't deny that I just don't feel for Nancy anymore. Almost everytime she gets in trouble, its her fault. She could've been out of the game time and time again, but she stays with it, not to help her family, but for her own thrills. So if you can get past the complete lack of sympathy, they shows very entertaining.
Oh yeah, and the blu ray looks great.
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I "got" the first two seasons which were OK-ish, especially the first, then I got the third where things dipped a bit but nothing oh nothing prepared me for this lot. Perhaps the creators had a feud over whether to write fun or blood.
[Spoiler alert]: one of the characters has his face sanded off with a power tool. [Spoiler over.]
How did THAT get into the unhappy love child of a cartoon and Breaking Bad?
FWIW I won't give 1 star because like the 5 star reviews there are far too many of them on Amazon.
As a UK buyer you have two choices in April 2014 - the ‘American’ Lionsgate BLU RAY is REGION A LOCKED - so it won't play on our machines unless they're chipped to be 'all regions' (which few are).
The alternative is a 'Euro' release (I believe it's German) that is REGION B - so it will play on our machines. You simply go the set up menu and choose the English Audio (it will be defaulted to German). It's easily available but very pricey...
So I'm afraid until such time as someone sees fit to release Season 4 or 5 of "Weeds" (or the whole Series for that matter) in the UK at a reasonable price - you're stuck with one BLU RAY that won't play and another that costs too much!
So the fire's over. The family moves into the parental in-laws home and Nancy takes a slightly different direction initially under the rule of Guillermo. Nancy falls for Mr Big and still manages to have DEA problems. The boys are definitely growing up. Silas finds a Cougar who teams up with him to continue growing and selling his blend of weed.
Overall this season is much darker than the previous three. I know there are at least 3 more seasons after this one which did make the second last episode slightly weaker than it would otherwise have been. The humour is still there and the way the characters continue develop is still a joy to behold.
This season has 13 episodes. Season 1 had 10, 2 had 12, 3 I can't find to say. I'd like more per season since it's hard to stop watch when this is on DVD how people put up with adverts interrupting this sort of fun is hard to understand.