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Bongwater (1998)

An indolent artist in Portland, Oregon becomes addicted to marijuana, prompting his girlfriend to flee to New York City with a heroin addict.



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Tobo (as Christian Meoli)
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Scott Anthony Ferguson ...
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David is an aspiring artist and a pot dealer, and he falls in love with constantly smoking pot. Serena gets jealous and goes off to New York with heroin-addicted Tommy, and David wants her back. Written by M.Dubay

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Rated R for pervasive drug content and language, sexuality/nudity and a sexual assault | See all certifications »

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10 June 2013 (USA)  »

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Bong Water  »

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When Tommy looks at Serena's driver's license, we see that her last name is Witt. Alicia Witt, who plays Serena, wrote her last name on it exactly like in her own signature. See more »


The boom mic can be blatantly seen several times in the full screen (1.33) version. See more »


Tony: We didn't tell you? We're having a party! We rented out the Adams. Yeah it has this whole 80's theme.
Robert: Yeah, so, you can just wear that really ugly shirt you always wear. And... you'll be 80's!
David: Oh I'd love to. But all my stuff burned down. In the big funny fire!
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Crazy Credits

Through the closing credits, we hear people leaving coded messages on an answering machine about buying pot. See more »


References When We Were Kings (1996) See more »

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Cult Classic!
2 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

The title notwithstanding, this drug-laden laugh trip is more Reality Bites than Up in Smoke. David (a sweetly earnest Wilson) is a pot dealer with half-baked ambitions of becoming an artist; Serena (Witt)is his nuttily domineering love interest. Though the pair's lack of real chemistry makes the cuddly ending feel tacked on, the hysterical drug-buddy performances of Brittany Murphy, Andy Dick, and Jack Black really make this joint roll. This isn't a fast-paced broad comedy, it requires some patience. You gotta sit back, and let it envelop you. Let life slow down and enjoy the quirkiness and absurdity of the plot and characters.

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