MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 3,200 this week

American Cowslip (2009)

5.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.2/10 from 397 users  
Reviews: 10 user | 9 critic

In Blythe, California, a small town in the remote California desert, Ethan Inglebrink is an eccentric, agoraphobic heroin addict who is obsessed with his garden. This dark comedy follows ... See full summary »

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 66 titles
created 17 Oct 2011
 
a list of 830 titles
created 11 Jan 2012
 
a list of 27 titles
created 25 May 2013
 
a list of 10000 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: American Cowslip (2009)

American Cowslip (2009) on IMDb 5.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of American Cowslip.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

An alcoholic man refocuses himself on putting kids through college via 4H and FFA scholarship donations. Guiding him is a spiritual figure he calls "The Bearded Man".

Director: Christopher Cain
Stars: Jon Gries, Elaine Hendrix, Val Kilmer
Columbus Day (2008)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A thief tries to fix the damage done during the biggest heist of his career.

Director: Charles Burmeister
Stars: Val Kilmer, Bobb'e J. Thompson, Richard Edson
Hardwired (2009)
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

After a tragic accident claims the lives of Luke Gibson's (Gooding Jr.) wife and unborn child, he is left with critical injuries and complete amnesia. A new technological breakthrough from ... See full summary »

Director: Ernie Barbarash
Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Val Kilmer, Michael Ironside
Moscow Zero (2006)
Action | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  

In Moscow, the priest Owen hires a team to guide him in the underworld to find his friend Sergei that is missing while researching the legend about the existence of demons and an entrance to hell beneath the city.

Director: María Lidón
Stars: Vincent Gallo, Oksana Akinshina, Val Kilmer
Played (2006)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

An examination of the malevolent London underworld with its despicable criminal underground. Ray (Mick Rossi) just finished an eight-year prison sentence after getting set up. Now he is back on the streets to settle the score.

Director: Sean Stanek
Stars: Val Kilmer, Gabriel Byrne, Vinnie Jones
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  
Director: James Van Alden
Stars: Madison Walls, Steven Bauer, Ken Howard
Bloodworth (2010)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

E.F. Bloodworth has returned to his home - a forgotten corner of Tennessee - after forty years of roaming. The wife he walked out on has withered and faded, his three sons are grown and ... See full summary »

Director: Shane Dax Taylor
Stars: Val Kilmer, Kris Kristofferson, Hilary Duff
Conspiracy (2008)
Action | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A seasoned senior enlisted special operations (spec ops) United States Marine is wounded during combat operations in Iraq. He is retired from the Marine Corps and visits a friend on a ranch... See full summary »

Director: Adam Marcus
Stars: Val Kilmer, Gary Cole, Jennifer Esposito
Checking Out (2005)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A famed stage actor reunites his family for a party, and plans to commit suicide after-wards, unless they are able to convince him not to.

Director: Jeff Hare
Stars: Peter Falk, Laura San Giacomo, David Paymer
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The story of Moses from the bible in musical form, filmed live at the Hollywood Kodak Theater.

Director: Robert Iscove
Stars: Val Kilmer, Kevin Earley, Lauren Kennedy
Gun (2010)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

A drama set in the world of gun-running.

Director: Jessy Terrero
Stars: 50 Cent, Val Kilmer, AnnaLynne McCord
Riddle (2013)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

A college girl goes to a small town named Riddle, only to find her missing younger brother.

Directors: John O. Hartman, Nicholas Mross
Stars: Elisabeth Harnois, Val Kilmer, Diora Baird
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
...
Roe
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Georgia (as Hanna R. Hall)
...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paula Broussard ...
...
...
Nurse 2
...
...
Edit

Storyline

In Blythe, California, a small town in the remote California desert, Ethan Inglebrink is an eccentric, agoraphobic heroin addict who is obsessed with his garden. This dark comedy follows the last days of Ethan's life as he struggles to find purpose at a time when it might be too late to even matter. After convincing his senior poker buddies that he is diabetic, in order to explain his frequent use of syringes, Ethan shoots up while trying to win poker money to fund his gardening hobby and drug use. Nearing eviction, Ethan gardens furiously in hopes of winning the $10,000 first prize in the "Garden of the Year" contest so he can pay his delinquent rent. Between sugar-munching binges and exchanges with a motley crew of neighbors, Ethan tries to grow the perfect "American cowslip", a beautiful, rare flower that will be the centerpiece of his garden and the floral representation of his life. When his efforts are thwarted by his landlord/high school football coach/next door neighbor, ... Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

It takes a village to raise an addict...

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive drug use, language and some sexual content/nudity
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 September 2010 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Peter Falk's final film. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Ethan Inglebrink: [voice-over] What a ride.
See more »

Soundtracks

The Only One
Written by Chris Cann, Dean Truitt, Joseph Blaustein, and Mark David
Performed by Ultrarev
Courtesy of Feudal Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A great moralistic tale
11 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just as it's name implies, this movie grew on me. It certainly left me with a feeling to see it again to make sure I had connected all the metaphoric dots creatively laid out for me.

The film weaves and knots a moral tale implying that we are all not only enablers but addicts to something, whether it be drugs, past glory, love, control or freedom. The characters' cracked facades only temporarily protect them from the dangers outside their front door and inside themselves. While leaning on each other, none of the characters ever obtain the help they help they need to "kick the habit" and it is their eventual undoing. It is a sad tale in which everyone looses something, unable to break out of the sweet sickness enabling their self-victimization.

While slow and repetitive at times, the characterizations are humanely broad enough that we see a little of ourselves in each one. The lighting of the film in golden and sunny overtones, the over-the-top silly humor at times, the fair-like set sweetens the bitter lesson this moralistic tale pours for us to swallow. Just as there is no such thing as an American Cowslip, there is no such thing as just an addict out of control.


6 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
This movie is going to be awesome jh1084
IS IT TRUE? katie-329
Ronnie Blevins... simplyput112
ROLL FILM (good 35mm we hope) info06
6.9 ryan-browne
Take it from an Ex-Junky goyerjen
Discuss American Cowslip (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?