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American Cowslip (2009)

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In Blythe, California, a small town in the remote California desert, Ethan Inglebrink is an eccentric, agoraphobic heroin addict who is obsessed with his garden. This dark comedy follows ... See full summary »

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Mark David
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ronnie Gene Blevins ... Ethan Inglebrink
Diane Ladd ... Roe
Rip Torn ... Trevor O'Hart
Cloris Leachman ... Sandy
Val Kilmer ... Todd Inglebrink
Peter Falk ... Father Randolph
Bruce Dern ... Cliff
Priscilla Barnes ... Samantha
Hanna Hall ... Georgia (as Hanna R. Hall)
Blake Clark ... Grimes
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paula Broussard Paula Broussard ... Overweight Jogger
D.W. Brown ... Kenneth Englebrink
Veronica Burgess ... Nurse 2
Art Chudabala ... Rolo
Erik Fellows ... Rourke
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In Blythe, California, a small town in the remote California desert, Ethan Inglebrink is an eccentric, agoraphobic heroin addict who is obsessed with his garden. This dark comedy follows the last days of Ethan's life as he struggles to find purpose at a time when it might be too late to even matter. After convincing his senior poker buddies that he is diabetic, in order to explain his frequent use of syringes, Ethan shoots up while trying to win poker money to fund his gardening hobby and drug use. Nearing eviction, Ethan gardens furiously in hopes of winning the $10,000 first prize in the "Garden of the Year" contest so he can pay his delinquent rent. Between sugar-munching binges and exchanges with a motley crew of neighbors, Ethan tries to grow the perfect "American cowslip", a beautiful, rare flower that will be the centerpiece of his garden and the floral representation of his life. When his efforts are thwarted by his landlord/high school football coach/next door neighbor, ... Written by Anonymous

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It takes a village to raise an addict...

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive drug use, language and some sexual content/nudity

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amerikai gólyahír See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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The film was conceived by Blevins and David in 2003. See more »

Quotes

Ethan Inglebrink: You know Billy?
Georgia: You mean the special kid?
Ethan Inglebrink: Yeah. He is special... He's also retarded!
Georgia: I think the proper term is "mentally challenged".
Ethan Inglebrink: You're telling me he's mentally challenged and retarded?... Tough break, huh?
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Stone Cold Fox
Written by Chris Cann, Dean Truitt, Joseph Blaustein, and Mark David
Performed by Ultrarev
Courtesy of Feudal Records
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Terrible
26 February 2011 | by rwtmooreSee all my reviews

One of the worst movies I've seen. All the characters are one-dimensional, the dialog is insipid, and the characters' motivations make no sense at all. The protagonist is an unemployed, agoraphobic junky, who doesn't pay his rent and doesn't think of anybody but himself. He's disgusting, revolting and selfish. He has not a single redeeming quality, yet everyone loves him. Even his landlord, to which he owes several months rent, says that he really likes him. They don't even mind the fact that he goes weeks without bathing. But what's beyond even those absurdities is the cute teenage girl across the street, who is half his age and is madly in love with him. Yeah, this could happen - in a bizarro universe! I didn't laugh once. All the jokes were juvenile, insipid or lame. It was painful to sit through this. I felt embarrassed for the filmmakers. For example, they put trendy, titillating vulgarities like "corn rocket" and "donkey punch" in the mouths of 70 and 80 year-olds. This concept was beaten like a dead horse at least 15 years ago. And now, it's just sad. Every characters' actions are so implausible that the story falls apart because what they're doing is so completely out of character and nonsensical. It's as if a group of 10 year-olds got together and brainstormed for a story - and then threw in some requisite adult swearing. Who is the target audience? It's clearly written for the 10 year-old mind, so why did they make it an R rated movie? Don't waste your time with this trash.


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