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Iowa (2005)

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A cautionary tale of love, crime, fantasy and addiction that follows two young Iowan lovers who decide to go into the "batch" business - cooking their own methamphetamine - only to watch it burn a searing hole in their lives.

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Matt Farnsworth

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Matt Farnsworth
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Farnsworth ... Esper Harte
Diane Foster ... Donna Huffman
John Savage ... Irv Huffman
Rosanna Arquette ... Effie Harte
Michael T. Weiss ... Larry Clarkson
David Backus ... Nick Slavens
Amanda Tepe ... Dominique
William Wayne ... Joey Wilhoff (as Billy Wayne)
Mickey Jones ... Darrell McNeely
John Tracy John Tracy ... Leo Harte
Muse Watson ... Sheriff Walker
Jack Orend Jack Orend ... Mortician
John Bliss John Bliss ... Pastor Krause
James Serpento James Serpento ... Gesture Man
Stephen Whitney Stephen Whitney ... Tweeker
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A cautionary tale of love, crime, fantasy and addiction that follows two young Iowan lovers who decide to go into the "batch" business - cooking their own methamphetamine - only to watch it burn a searing hole in their lives.

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They don't just grow corn here anymore.

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Mystic, Iowa, USA See more »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Full Fathom 5 See more »
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Black and White (some sequences)| Color
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Esper Harte: [pointing a gun at Larry] Drop your pants; I wanna see *your* penis.
Larry Clarkson: What?
Esper Harte: Drop your goddamn pants; I wanna see your penis!
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Low Rent Meth Madness
6 April 2006 | by noraleeSee all my reviews

"Iowa" wants to be "Requiem for a Dream" for Midwest meth, but it comes across as a hard R rated "Reefer Madness".

Yes, drugs are bad, and meth is horribly pernicious, as an addiction and how it destroys people, families and communities. But these characters who are either dumb or ridiculous and the eye-rolling plot won't teach that lesson to anyone.

While writer/director/star Matt Farnsworth has some charisma on screen, his partner Diane Foster plays a wincibly silly wide-eyed innocent corrupted by drugsas was already satirized by Susan Sarandon in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show". I really felt sorry for her for all the totally unnecessary nudity she was put through. It wasn't until the end of the film that I realized I was supposed to think these two were recent high-school graduates to explain some of their naiveté, as we are bombarded by their school photos, but if so, they even looked older than the folks on "The O.C.". While they have good chemistry on screen, they are a pale imitation of a "Badlands"-type couple.

The guest stars are badly used. Michael T. Weiss, who was so good in TV's "The Pretender", is completely ludicrous as a corrupt parole officer and his brutal violence is just plain crazy, as his character pretty much ruins any social significance for the film. Rosanna Arquette has to be even sleazier than she rolled around for David Cronenberg as a very low rent Livia Soprano. John Savage even has to mouth the old baby boomer excuses about I did pot but this is worse. A Goth chick shows up, with the odd explanation that she's a stripper from Des Moines. The obligatory Latino drug dealer appears - in Iowa?

With a limited budget, the interior view of meth use is portrayed quite vividly, with quite scary hallucinations. We certainly see them go crazy.

While the Iowa locations are used very well (including an amusing scene of a propane gas robbery), the accents and church references are confusingly Southern Baptist. Guns seem to be used by law abiding and law breaking citizens here more than in any inner-city drug-dealing movie.

The songs of Iowa's best known bard Greg Brown are used throughout, but oddly are not listed in the credits. I hope they were used with permission.

I caught this at its commercial run in NYC because I missed it at the Tribeca Film Festival where it got considerable-- and inexplicable-- buzz.


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