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Gimme Green (2007)

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Gimme Green is a humorous look at the American obsession with the residential lawn and the effects it has on our environment, our wallets and our outlook on life. From the limitless ... See full summary »

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Gimme Green is a humorous look at the American obsession with the residential lawn and the effects it has on our environment, our wallets and our outlook on life. From the limitless subdivisions of Florida to sod farms in the arid southwest, Gimme Green peers behind the curtain of the $40-billion industry that fuels our nation's largest irrigated crop-the lawn. Written by E. Flagg

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Good but lacking
15 October 2007 | by (Greensboro, N.C.) – See all my reviews

The film is a good look into the excesses of lawn care as it talks to the people who make, distribute, and use the lawn care products that keep America's lawns green. The film strikes them in a light that one might call oblivious: there are the sod manufacturers who go about their business as cameras roll, the chemlawn representatives who skirt claims of their product's toxicity to humans by waxing rhetoric about what the definition of "safe" actually is, and then there are the half dozen or so interviewed homeowners whose obsessions with their lawns lends their compulsions to comedy. We also see those people who are taking an alternative stance to the world of sod lawns with synthetic lawns made out of plastic. We see their plastic spinning machines whir out huge blankets of turf and meet the landscaping companies in the drier parts of the States who are paying their clients dollars per square foot to replace their old grass lawn with new turf. And the opinions vary from enthusiastic reception to city council skepticism on the new turf. But everything is blended together in this film without distinction. The opinions of those people who trim their tiny lawns using the largest John Deere mower they make do not seem that much different from those people who replaced their whole lawn with synthetic turf. Both sects seem ignorant of the environmental consequences inherent in both products, and the filmmakers, either in an attempt to stay true to their subjects or maybe in ignorance themselves, never discuss environmentally friendly solutions to lawn care with anyone. All I can tell from this film is that Americans love of their lawn and they will do anything they can to keep it looking green.


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