HOME GROWN: DVD
A large marijuana plantation in Northern California, owned by Malcolm (John Lithgow), is left in tempting limbo when Malcolm is shot dead in front of his three doped out, incompetent workers - calculating Jack (Billy Bob Thornton), horticulturalist Carter (Hank Azaria) and hot-headed youngster Harlan (Ryan Phillippe). The three caretakers have to figure out what to do with his crop, with or without Lucy (Kelly Lynch) who runs the preparations and packaging side of the operations. And whose heart is busy with either Carter or Harlan or both, and who wants an equal share of the action. Meanwhile, the heavies are after the contracted dope, and the three hapless amateurs haven't a clue who shot their boss.
Review by Louise Keller:
Despite strong lead performances, Home Grown suffers from the malaise of a badly structured script that goes nowhere, and characters which do not engage. There are some moments of almost slapstick comedy, yet they never quite make it. Billy Bob Thornton and Hank Azaria give insightful performances, while both Ryan Phillipe and Kelly Lynch are impressive. But token appearances by Ted Danson, Jon Bon Jovi, Judge Reinhold and Jamie Lee Curtis are a total mystery; why are they there?
The settings are picturesque, and the topic could well have been made into an entertaining piece, had the script taken a different road. As it stands, there are lots of scenes looking at marijuana plants, cutting down marijuana plants, smoking marijuana and so on forth. Boring.
The filmmakers no doubt hoped to make a cool, hip film about this controversial topic, injecting some token thoughts about greed and morality. I spent most of the 101 minutes feeling extremely frustrated that this top cast was wasting its talents on such an unfulfilling project.
Published September 29, 2005
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HOME GROWN: DVD (MA)
CAST: Billy Bob Thornton, Hank Azaria, John Lithgow, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kelly Lynch, Jon Bon Jovi, Ted Danson
DIRECTOR: Stephen Gyllenhaal
SCRIPT: Nicholas Kazan and Stephen Gyllenhaal
RUNNING TIME: 101 minutes
SPECIAL FEATURES: None
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Sony Pictures
DVD RELEASE: October 27, 2005