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Homegrown (1998)

Life is good for Jack, Carter and Harlan, three inept ne'r-do-wells who help run master dope-grower Malcoms flourishing marijuana plantation somewhere in northern California. But then ... See full summary »

Director:

Stephen Gyllenhaal

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Jonah Raskin (story), Stephen Gyllenhaal (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Lithgow ... Malcolm / Robert Stockman
Jon Tenney ... Helicopter Pilot
Ryan Phillippe ... Harlan Dykstra
Hank Azaria ... Carter
Billy Bob Thornton ... Jack Marsden
Kelly Lynch ... Lucy
Jon Bon Jovi ... Danny
Kleoka Renee Sands Kleoka Renee Sands ... 4-Year-Old Girl
Matt Ross ... Ben Hickson
Judge Reinhold ... Policeman
Leigh French ... Waitress
Christopher Dalton Christopher Dalton ... Old Farmer
Jamie Lee Curtis ... Sierra Kahan
Tiffany Paulsen ... Heather the Stockbreeder
Jeanette H. Wilson Jeanette H. Wilson ... White Haired Woman
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Storyline

Life is good for Jack, Carter and Harlan, three inept ne'r-do-wells who help run master dope-grower Malcoms flourishing marijuana plantation somewhere in northern California. But then Malcom is suddenly bumped off by a mysterious assailant, after a moment of panic, the naive trio decide to take over the business themselves. However, their lazy days on the dope farm have ill prepared them for the high-stakes game of finding buyers for millions of dollars of contraband. As they plunge into a shadowy new world of duplicity, double-dealing and danger, they soon find that they have gotten in way, way over their heads. But driven on by increasing greed and paranoia, it's too late to back out. Written by Eva Tauzer <eva@mte.hupe.hu>

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A comedy that goes to your head. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive drug content and language, and for some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Sony

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amatorzy w konopiach See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$77,910, 19 April 1998

Gross USA:

$77,910

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$77,910
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SDDS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film contains 3 members of the Gyllenhall family, Stephen is the director and Maggie and Jake both play roles in the movie, the trio also feature together in 'A Dangerous Woman'. Yet again directed by the father Stephen Gyllenhall and Maggie and Jake star in it. Jake and Maggie have also starred together in 'Donnie Darko' together too. See more »

Goofs

After an establishing shot that shows Jack Marsden driving into San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge, the close-up of him in the BMW shows he's traveling on a different bridge - one that's constructed of gray metal trusses and girders, rather than the famous red-orange of the Golden Gate Bridge. See more »

Quotes

Jack Marsden: You guys are the biggest fuck-ups in the history of dope dealing. That's a huge fuckin' statement.
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References Fantasy Island (1977) See more »

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by Death In Vegas
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Don't be fooled.
21 May 2001 | by billybrown41See all my reviews

This film was marketed as a comedy but anyone who went into it expecting "Half Baked" was probably dissapointed. Instead of a mindless stoner-comedy, we get a good solid film that is equal parts drama/comedy/thriller. It's the story of a group of pot farmers who, after seeing their boss murdered, decide to cash in the crop for a cool 3 million. Needless to say, things turn out to be a bit more complicated than expected and getting the money takes a back seat to getting themselves out of this bind that they have done such a good job of getting themselves into.

The three central characters, Jack (Billy Bob Thornton), Carter (Hank Azaria) and Harlan (Ryan Phillipe) are working for Malcomn (John Lithgow), manning the pot farm, when Malcom is killed by his own helicopter pilot. Thinking they know way more than they actually do, they decide to take charge of the situation and finish out the job. Jack poses as Malcomn (none of Malcomn's customers have ever actually seen what he looks like) and becomes the natural leader while Carter and Harlan bumble around doing the grunt work.

Things go a little over Jack's head when mob boss "Gionni the wop" (played hilariously by Ted Danson) enters the picture. Pretty soon it's paranoia time for the three stooges and their mutual girlfriend Lucy (Kelly Lynch), fighting off rippers, avoiding hitmen, and trying to find a buyer, all without getting caught by the feds (all the local cops are paid off).

There are many plot twists in Homegrown and the acting is great from a huge ensemble cast. Hybrids like this rarely work completely and Homegrown does sputter occassionally. There are a few scenes that leave you wondering if they are supposed to be funny. One thing that is highly overlooked and misunerstood about this film is how it makes you feel just like the characters. It totally succeeds in putting you in the same boat with them and making you feel the same things that they are feeling.

All in all, I give this movie a 9/10 and I highly reccomend it. It DOES NOT glorify the use and distribution of marijuana (many would like to argue that point) but merely uses it as a backdrop for what is going on. Give it a run. I especially reccommend this one to Billy Bob Thornton fans. He is so perfect in his role that you can almost smell the weed on him.


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