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Humboldt County (2008)

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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.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vicky Monroe ...
Medical Student
Man in Bathroom
John Murdock ...
Jazz Club Bassist
Lenny Pettinelli ...
Jazz Club Pianist
B. Swislo ...
Jazz Club Drummer
Geoffrey Robinson ...
Earl (as Geoffrey 'Lizard' Robinson)


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>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

26 September 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Costa Perdida  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,933, 28 September 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$81,364, 2 November 2008
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[first lines]
Bogart: [in doctor's office] When I came home from the clinic everyone was asleep. Normally they'd hear my truck. We live in the middle of nowhere, so... I parked it about a half a mile down the road and I walked home, but my boyfriend heard. He hears everything. When he came in to see what was wrong, I just tried to pretend to be asleep. But I couldn't hold it in, and I started to cry.
Peter: Go on...
Bogart: Sorry. I was balling my eyes out, and uh, he held me. And I wished... I wished I hadn't done it....
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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
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Crafted cinematography and character development
28 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

This was a surprisingly good movie - You should see it on a big screen. The filmmakers revealed as many shades of people as the landscape revealed shades of green. It is a slow- form character development movie about the transition of a man who is initially stuck in his own head. Not moralistic, not a stoner film, not what I expected. It carefully uses a unique place to interrupt your expectations about how characters should develop. This is one of those independent films which the power-house actors signed onto for the story and experience. Although it relies on a few caricatures of humboldt, it is carefully constructed and respectful. There are some amazing illustrations of the balance between wasting time and doing nothing vs connectedness and community. It is respectful of values that matter, while not cleaning up the messy parts. The cinematography is well done - a large part of living on the north coast is the incredible darkness. The houses with windows that are dark at night. It is definitely an element of the landscape which helps tell the story. I wasn't expecting to write a review, but it would be a good use of your time to watch this movie. It is very much about waking up. Well done.

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