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Leaves of Grass (2009)

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An Ivy League professor is lured back to his Oklahoma hometown, where his twin brother, a small-time pot grower, has concocted a scheme to take down a local drug lord.


Tim Blake Nelson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Norton ... Bill Kincaid / Brady Kincaid
Lucy DeVito ... Anne Greenstein
Kent Jude Bernard Kent Jude Bernard ... Philosophy Student
Amelia Campbell ... Maggie Harmon
Tim Blake Nelson ... Bolger
Randal Reeder ... Shaver
Leo Fabian Leo Fabian ... Waddell
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Big Joe Sharpe
Tina Parker ... Sharon
Susan Sarandon ... Daisy
Ty Burrell ... Professor Sorenson
Lee Wilkof ... Professor Levy
Melanie Lynskey ... Colleen
Josh Pais ... Ken Feinman
Lisa Benavides-Nelson Lisa Benavides-Nelson ... Suzie Feinman


The lives of a set of identical twins, one an Ivy League philosophy professor, the other a small-time and brilliant marijuana grower, intertwine when the professor is lured back to his Oklahoma hometown for a doomed scheme against a local drug lord. Written by Anonymous

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Drugs, Murder, and Brotherly Love.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, pervasive language, and drug content | See all certifications »

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English | Latin

Release Date:

17 September 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Escroc(s) en herbe See more »

Filming Locations:

Plain Dealing, Louisiana, USA See more »


Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,987, 19 September 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$68,009, 10 October 2010
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tim Blake Nelson wrote the screenplay with Edward Norton in mind to play the roles of the twin main characters, saying "there would have been no second choice" if Norton had said no. See more »


When Brady wakes Bill up to show him his new haircut and have him visit his mother, Bill's hair is unkempt. When the shot goes back to Bill his hair is magically brushed. See more »


Brady Kincaid: I ain't gonna manufacture or purvey anything that I ain't gonna ingest into my own sweet self.
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References American History X (1998) See more »


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Written by John Prine
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Edward Norton's Terrific Performance(s) Only Saves This Film Up to a Point
8 December 2010 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

I enjoyed "Leaves of Grass" for awhile, until writer/director Tim Blake Nelson, who also has a supporting role in the film as a hillbilly pothead, tired me out with his insistence on pushing the film into directions it just didn't make sense for it to go.

Edward Norton is immensely enjoyable as a pair of twin brothers, one an intellectual from the city, the other a country bumpkin with a major marijuana operation, who are reunited after the country brother fakes his death to persuade the other to visit home (a home he has shunned) and then drags him unwillingly into a shady scheme involving some other drug dealers once he gets him down there. There was plenty of interesting potential to be had in the story of these two very different brothers who maybe aren't quite as different as they think they are, but Nelson insists on throwing in a bunch of other distracting plot strands that make what should have been a low-key comedy something schizophrenic and exasperating. The film is only 105 minutes long, yet we have a storyline involving the brothers' mom (played by Susan Sarandon) and the city brother's estrangement from her; a love interest for the city brother (Keri Russell) who recites Walt Whitman poetry while filleting a catfish; the whole drug war storyline that gets queasily violent; and the dumbest storyline of all, involving an orthodontist in debt who hatches a half-assed blackmail scheme. I think Nelson is going for black comedy with much of his film, but he doesn't succeed; the abrupt changes in tone are jarring, and one of the violent scenes at the end involving the orthodontist character is downright tacky.

This movie is a prime example of what happens when a lot of talent is assembled and then squandered by a bad screenplay and unsure direction.

Grade: C

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