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C.O.G. (2013)

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A cocky young man travels to Oregon to work on an apple farm. Out of his element, he finds his lifestyle and notions being picked apart by everyone who crosses his path.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Groff ... David
Tyra Richards Tyra Richards ... Pregnant Woman
Beth Furumasu Beth Furumasu ... Attendant
Keiko Green Keiko Green ... Make Out Woman
Kamyar Jahan ... Make Out Man
Danny Belrose ... Tattooed Man
Zach Sanchez-Vitale ... Military Guy (as Zach Sanchez)
Marvella McPartland Marvella McPartland ... Old Woman on Bus
Tim Patteron Tim Patteron ... Bus Driver
Blake Lindsley ... David's Mom
Dean Stockwell ... Hobbs
Eloy Méndez Eloy Méndez ... Pedro (as Eloy Mendez)
Denis O'Hare ... Jon
Cami Storm ... Pretty Mexican Girl (as Cami Marie)
Troian Bellisario ... Jennifer
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Leaving the ivy-covered walls of Yale behind, the privileged and intellectual Samuel sets out to discover the real world armed with books and a strong conviction of atheism. He goes to work at an apple orchard under an alias, but is thrust into a world he is wholly unprepared for with religious locals and untrustworthy co-workers. His sexuality and lack of faith will be tested as he learns to rely on strangers in a world that can't be taught in books and a classroom. Written by Anne Campbell

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

20 January 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Oregon, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,198, 22 September 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$55,301, 13 October 2013
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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I say Profound, you say Pretentious
21 September 2013 | by TheInbetweenerSee all my reviews

The instant I saw the boy from Glee on the screen with his college sweater, against a score of staccato claps, I knew this film and the word 'Pretentious' were already entwined till the credits with the muted plucking music.

So as the Backlash B-tch I am, I decided to watch the whole film just to spite that particular stereotype.

God, I'm glad I did! I was born in a religious cult...called C.O.G. So it's kind of unsurprising that I resonated with it. But this film has so much that is human, and raw, and true about it that it has to have some impact on the rest of you. Groff's performance goes from cocky and superior in the most honest portrayal of the usual American postgrad I've seen, to so vulnerable and naive and yearning that my heart felt like it was being crushed. He's as lost, disenfranchised and confused as every other 20-something I know - but it seeps out of his pores and swims in his eyes in a way that's very hard to watch. I guess that's the Millenial Generation, stripped bare and made fun of, yet not looked down on. David is just a boy, not a polarising symbol of a Lost Generation, and the film knows this.

Just a boy. That's why it hurt to see him be taken advantage of, time and again. It hurt even more, for me, to watch him try to find himself and cure his sexual 'sickness' in religion. I have known people like John. They exist. Everyone in this film exists.

I'm not being coherent. This film impacted me that much.

I think you should watch it.


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