MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,717 this week

Humboldt County (2008)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  26 September 2008 (USA)
6.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 2,111 users   Metascore: 54/100
Reviews: 25 user | 28 critic | 9 from Metacritic.com

A disillusioned medical student is stranded for a summer in a remote community of counterculture pot farmers, the last place in the world he imagined he would discover himself.

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 38 titles
created 26 Oct 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 06 Aug 2012
 
a list of 33 titles
created 15 Dec 2013
 
a list of 38 titles
created 4 months ago
 
a list of 25 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Humboldt County" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Humboldt County (2008)

Humboldt County (2008) on IMDb 6.4/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Humboldt County.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A few months ago Hannah Sloan (Fairuza Balk) was in a horrible car accident, leaving her son Daniel in an extended coma. With hopes of putting their recent tragedy behind them Hannah and ... See full summary »

Director: Melanie Orr
Stars: Fairuza Balk, Greg Bryk, Walter Learning
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

2AM, closing time: A cocky bar manager with a shady past and a young handsome bartender discover a beautiful woman bloodied and unconscious in the bathroom of a late night lounge. When she ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Glatis
Stars: Fairuza Balk, Rick Ravanello, Ryan Merriman
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

About territory, power and trespassing the boundaries of the heart. Two old friends have a tough reunion. A victim of rape, finally leaves home. A thief is on the prowl. Their lives collide... See full summary »

Director: James Savoca
Stars: Natia Dune, Larry Fleischman, Marlo Marron
The Rotten Tomatoes Show (TV Series 2009)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Stars: Brett Erlich, Ellen Fox, Alonso Duralde
Road (2005)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Two exes take a dual-purpose road trip: allow Margaret (Catherine Kellner), a freelance photographer, to complete her assignment to check up on toxic waste sites along the U.S.-Canadian ... See full summary »

Director: Leslie McCleave
Stars: Catherine Kellner, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, James Urbaniak
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A lyrical telling of the coming of age of a 13-year-old boy who learns to cope with his newfound sexuality and his unrequited love for the cool kid in school.

Director: Cam Archer
Stars: Malcolm Stumpf, Patrick White, Max Paradise
Shit Year (2010)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An actress finds herself adrift after she quits performing.

Director: Cam Archer
Stars: Ellen Barkin, Luke Grimes, Bob Einstein
Tollbooth (1994)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A tollbooth attendant's fascination with a young woman who works at a gas station leads him into a love triangle and murder.

Director: Salomé Breziner
Stars: Fairuza Balk, Lenny von Dohlen, Will Patton
Red Letters (2000)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A college professor reluctantly hides an escaped female convict who tries to get him to help prove her innocent of a murder.

Director: Bradley Battersby
Stars: Peter Coyote, Nastassja Kinski, Fairuza Balk
Fairhaven (2012)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Dave returns to his hometown on the Massachusetts coast for his father's funeral, where his reunion with two old friends provides a healthy dose of reality.

Director: Tom O'Brien
Stars: Chris Messina, Rich Sommer, Tom O'Brien
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A young Jewish adolescent from an overbearing family likes a Christian girl and is helped by a fun-loving rabbi.

Director: Allan A. Goldstein
Stars: Saul Rubinek, Jan Rubes, Noam Zylberman
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A man is suddenly drawn kicking and screaming into caring for his dying mother, and amidst the sudden crush of responsibility he tries to gauge the measure and worth of a man and a life.

Director: Robert Lane
Stars: Edoardo Ballerini, Fairuza Balk, Rachel Binder
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Peter
...
...
Professor Hadley
Vicky Monroe ...
Sondra
...
Medical Student
...
Man in Bathroom
John Murdock ...
Jazz Club Bassist
Lenny Pettinelli ...
Jazz Club Pianist
B. Swislo ...
Jazz Club Drummer
...
...
Rosie
...
Charity
...
Max
Geoffrey Robinson ...
Earl (as Geoffrey 'Lizard' Robinson)
...
Bob
Edit

Storyline

Peter is burned out: finishing med school at UCLA, failing the bedside manner class his father teaches, no sleep in days. He spends the night with Bogart, a woman he's just met, and the next day, sleepily gets in her car. He wakes up in Arcata, where Bogart's foster family lives in the woods: Max, his daughter, mom, and step dad. They grow marijuana for their own consumption, except for Max, who has planted six hidden patches for one big score. Bogart hates pot farming - feds are on constant patrol - so she splits, leaving Peter to depend on Max for a ride to the bus. A day stretches into two, and Peter puts off leaving. A reckoning with his dad is inevitable: is Peter's rebirth possible? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

bus | school | farming | class | student | See All (157) »

Taglines:

It was a little further out than he thought. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug content and language throughout | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

26 September 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Costa Perdida  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$25,933 (USA) (26 September 2008)

Gross:

$81,364 (USA) (31 October 2008)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

I Want You To Be My Baby
Performed by Fairuza Balk
Composed by Jon Hendricks (ASCAP)
Published by Hendricks Music, Inc. (ASCAP) c/o Music Sales Corporation (ASCAP)
Produced by Paul Bessenbacher & Matthew Bowen
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Big hearted movie about what gives life it's value
13 April 2009 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

The previews for this film make it look like a formulaic Square-among-Freaks stoner comedy about an uptight medical student who falls in with a bunch of potheads and discovers What Really Matters in the process. Up to a point that is exactly how "Humboldt County" plays out. However, that is not the whole story either.

To briefly summarize the plot: a repressed, emotionally muted young man- with the people skills of a lawnmower- fails one of his med school finals (BTW his father is the examiner-Ouch!) and is suddenly adrift in his life for what is apparently the first time ever. He has an unlikely hookup with an attractive, free spirit named Bogart (Fairuza Balk) and accompanies her to her home in the title county up in the far north of California. Bogart then disappears and Peter, completely stranded, is slowly but surely absorbed by her eccentric, stoner family and their equally baked friends and neighbors. Exposed to their initially alien values, lifestyle, and worldview- and away from his overbearing father- Peter finds the freedom and safety to actually start being himself. However, the dark side of the drug world (in the form of violent thieves and the DEA) is never far away and it threatens to destroy Peter's refuge...

Even though there is a lot of pot smoked by nearly all of the characters, this is not really a stoner movie. Much of the humor is low-key but there are some absolutely hilarious moments along the way.The film's view of marijuana is actually rather realistic, it's pleasurable effects are shown but so are the downsides- particularly with regard to the violence and legal problems that accompany cultivation. Additionally, it is made clear that being born into the rustic stoner life, for all of it's freedoms, can be as much of a prison as the middle-class existence that was suffocating Peter at the film's beginning.

"Humboldt County" is really all about how somebody discovers the things that are truly going to touch their heart and give their life meaning. The various characters represent the different paths that people choose in order to find a sense of connection to others and a purpose to their existence. The characters are very human, and all the more lovable for that.The ensemble cast are excellent and their interactions with other seem touchingly real. However special mention should go to Brad Dourif as the stoner clan's patriarch.

The film preaches the values of simplicity, humility, how materialism is meaningless, the importance of caring for others, and recognizing how small individuals are in the bigger scheme of things. It is also very honest about the reality that, for adults, there are fewer and fewer easy answers to any of life's questions. An added bonus is the setting, Humboldt county looks absolutely gorgeous and is filmed with deep love. In conclusion, this is a funny, serenely paced slice of cinema that has a big, beautiful heart.


6 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
why do people love this movie so much xYOUTAKETHEVEILx
Live harmoniously with Earth/kill deer SFTomass
Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor? SteLamp
To those who have seen this.... psycmoe
Will this be in theaters or out on DVD? redwoodsrock
release date ? bitsygee
Discuss Humboldt County (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?