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26 September 2008 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jeremy Strong ... Peter

Fairuza Balk ... Bogart

Peter Bogdanovich ... Professor Hadley
Vicky Monroe ... Sondra

Tarek Zohdy ... Medical Student

Lawrence Bridges ... Man in Bathroom
John Murdock ... Jazz Club Bassist
Lenny Pettinelli ... Jazz Club Pianist
B. Swislo ... Jazz Club Drummer

Brad Dourif ... Jack

Frances Conroy ... Rosie

Madison Davenport ... Charity

Chris Messina ... Max
Geoffrey Robinson ... Earl (as Geoffrey 'Lizard' Robinson)

Darren Grodsky ... Bob

Danny Jacobs ... Steve
Raylene Rhodes ... Store Clerk
Susan Hendry ... Store Patron

Elayn J. Taylor ... Zelda (as Elayn Taylor)
Toodie Boll ... Townie at the Truman House / Beach Pot Smoker
Marny Friedman ... Townie at the Truman House
Ed Martlett ... Townie at the Truman House
Michele Shoshani ... Lucy

Rick St. Charles ... Tom

Bethany Therese ... Sophie

Tomas Conlon ... Frank the Logger (as Tom Conlon)

Felix Jerry Droz ... Eddie the Logger
Isaac Mosgofian ... Mike the Logger
Roy Marin ... Harry
Jabari Morgan ... Agent Gallant
Julia Oliveira ... Agent Weiss
Jonathon Ussery ... Beach Pot Smoker (as Jonathon 'Buddah' Ussery)
Robert Wells ... Beach Pot Smoker
Brennan Burke-Martin ... Teen Beach Pot Smoker

Nathan Pierce ... Deputy Dirksen
Terry Fleshman ... Diner Waitress
William Carlson ... Bus Driver
Izora Burns ... Bus Passenger
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Vincent De Paul ... Medical Student (uncredited)

Amanda Philipson ... Additional Voices (uncredited)

Danielle Prou ... Voice (uncredited)

Directed by
Darren Grodsky 
Danny Jacobs 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Darren Grodsky  writer
Danny Jacobs  writer

Produced by
Michael O. Gallant .... line producer
Todd Senturia .... executive producer
Jason Weiss .... producer
Original Music by
Fil Eisler  (as iZLER)
Cinematography by
Ernest Holzman 
Film Editing by
Ed Marx 
Casting by
John Jackson 
Production Design by
Freddy Naff 
Costume Design by
Amy Brownson 
Makeup Department
N. Kristine Chadwick .... makeup artist
Fiona Distefano .... additional makeup artist
Linden Tyler Glavich .... assistant hair stylist
Heather Rust .... assistant makeup
Heather Rust .... key hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Trent Dempsey .... second assistant director
Lynnette M. Myers .... first assistant director
Aline Robey .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Igor Babnic .... key swing
Natalie Brun .... art swing
Deanna de Azevedo .... set dresser
Amy Hamilton .... assistant property master
McJoel Hamilton .... property master
Noel Naff .... set designer
Sound Department
Joshua Adeniji .... foley editor
Brandon Barnts .... sound mixer
Dhyana Carlton-Tims .... supervising adr editor
Dhyana Carlton-Tims .... supervising dialogue editor
Samuel Ebnet Jr. .... boom operator
Brent Findley .... sound effects editor
Jason Gaya .... assistant sound editor
Judah Getz .... foley mixer
Scott Hinkley .... sound re-recording mixer
Scott Hinkley .... sound supervisor
Cody King .... supervising sound editor
Zach Michaelis .... foley artist
Andrew Morgado .... adr mixer
Robert Dehn .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Richard Kitting .... additional sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Brian Adler .... visual effects supervisor: STEELE
Monique Eissing .... digital compositor: STEELE
Tim LaValley .... title designer: main title
Jason Shulman .... visual effects: STEELE
Jerry Steele .... visual effects supervisor: STEELE
Jo Steele .... visual effects producer: STEELE
Dan Walker .... digital opticals (as Spookydan Walker)
Camera and Electrical Department
Matt Ardine .... key grip
Tiffany Aug .... second assistant camera
Collin Brink .... gaffer
Nathan Dean Fetzer .... best boy electric
David Kane .... best boy grip
Freddy Naff .... still photographer
Alex Ott .... still photographer
Melissa Roth .... first assistant camera
Casting Department
Cassandra Hesseltine .... casting associate
Theresa Ireland .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cody Caronna .... costumer
Denny Colliver .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Donna Mathewson .... assistant editor
Aidan Stanford .... color timer
Jason Fabbro .... digital intermediate colorist: inserts (uncredited)
Music Department
Jeffrey Biggers .... score music mixer
Matt Bowen .... composer: additional music
Matt Bowen .... song - "No Other Love But You"
Steve Durkee .... music editor
Peymon Maskan .... music supervisor
Kent Verderico .... original music engineer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Fred Bishop .... driver
Jose 'Paco' Coronado .... driver
Mark Frantz .... driver
Hector M. Gonzalez .... transportation coordinator (as Hector Gonzales)
Brian Thomas .... driver
Other crew
Joseph Carter .... set production assistant
Mary Cruse .... craft service
Brian Duka-Smith .... set production assistant
Josh Garrell .... production coordinator
Andre Guimond .... production accountant
Taylor Gerard Hart .... office production assistant
Cassandra Hesseltine .... assistant production coordinator
Theresa Ireland .... additional set production assistant
Aunt Laura .... spiritual advisor
Tim LaValley .... title designer: main title (as Tim Johnson)
Maria Matteoli .... key set production assistant
Alex Ott .... assistant to directors
Juan Carlos Reulas .... caterer
Ruben Reulas .... assistant caterer
Lynne Sarty .... on-set teacher
Matt St. Charles .... additional set production assistant
Patti Stammer .... location manager
Patti Stammer .... location scout
Ian Strope .... office production assistant
Erin Tarasi .... script supervisor
Montel Vander Horck III .... additional set production assistant
Sean Wilson .... additional set production assistant
Tarek Zohdy .... assistant to line producer
Magi Berciano .... paralegal (uncredited)
Phillip L. Rosen .... production legal: Rosen & Andersen (uncredited)
Matt Bowen .... thanks
Tracy Boyd .... thanks
Peter Farrelly .... thanks
James Glennon .... thanks
László Kovács .... thanks
Alexander Payne .... thanks
Jon Rubinstein .... thanks
Tom Todoroff .... thanks
Kent Verderico .... thanks
Bruce Wexler .... thanks

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Rated R for drug content and language throughout
USA:97 min
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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Big hearted movie about what gives life it's value, 13 April 2009
Author: cpbadgeman from California, USA

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.

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