HUMBOLDT COUNTY

Yet Another Marijuana Movie

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Release Date: September 26, 2008

Starring: Jeremy Strong, Fairuza Balok,
Peter Bogdanovich, Brad
Dourif, Frances Conroy,
Madison Davenport, and Chris
Messina

Genre: Drama

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 97 minutes

Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Director: Danny Jacobs and Darren
Grodsky

Executive Producer: Todd Senturia

Producer: Jason Weiss

Writer: Danny Jacobs and Darren
Grodsky

Address Comments To:

Bill Banowski, CEO, Magnolia Pictures
1614 West 5th St.
Austin, TX 78703
Eamon Bowles, President, Magnolia Pictures
43 West 27th St., 7th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 924-6701; Fax: (212) 924-6742
Website: www.magpictures.com; Email: info@magpictures.com

Content:

(HH, PaPa, LLL, V, S, N, AA, DDD, MMM) Strong humanist worldview with strong pagan content, about life among counter culture marijuana farmers; at least 76 strong obscenities and 19 profanities; shooting of a deer; implied sexual relations among couple that just met, discussion of advantage of “casual sex”; rear male nudity; much drinking of alcohol; nearly constant smoking of marijuana by all characters and drug growing and selling; and, involving a minor in illegal drugs, urinating on “crops” to keep deer away, negative parental figures, lying, breaking laws, and “dressing” of a deer corpse.

Summary:

HUMBOLDT COUNTY is a “fish out of water” story as medical student Peter inadvertently spends a month among a community of marijuana farmers. This movie is only competently made and has much troubling content of illegal drugs with a counter culture worldview.

Review:

HUMBOLDT COUNTY is a “fish out of water” story.

Medical student Peter inadvertently spends a month among a community of marijuana farmers. Lured by a “one night stand” with a woman, Peter finds himself among a self described “hippie culture.” Peter is very uptight and trying to fulfill the plans that his overbearing father has for him. Spending time in the community, he learns to make friends and begins to help Max harvest his “crops.” When Federal Agents raid the farms, Peter must decide whether to return to his former way of life or carve out a new life among his new “family.”

HUMBOLDT COUNTY is well made, though mostly predictable. Performances and production quality are competent, though not stellar. The story unfolds with a few humorous moments with Peter Bogdanovich as the very uptight father being the standout.

There’s much philosophical dialogue as the characters, high on marijuana, discuss everything from farming techniques to what a colony on Mars will be like. The picture is painted of a group of people, living in community, that only grow enough marijuana to pay their bills. The problem comes when Max has a secret crop that’s so large it attracts the attention of Federal Agents. The point is that doing illegal things is okay as long as it doesn’t hurt anybody and you’re not trying to be greedy.

Med student Peter tells the pot commune’s patriarch that this is a place where “people come alive.” For Peter, that does happen in that he begins to relate better to people, but he also begins to smoke marijuana as well. If indeed it is a place that’s good for people, why is Max desperately trying to get out? And, why does Bogart, the woman who lured Peter there in the first place, never want to stay?

It is not an overstatement to say that once in the commune, at least one character is smoking marijuana in every scene. Especially troubling is that Charity, a young girl, rolls marijuana cigarettes for the adults and is completely immersed in the drug culture. HUMBOLDT COUNTY is a humanist pagan movie made for humanist pagans.

In Brief:

HUMBOLDT COUNTY is a “fish out of water” story as medical student Peter inadvertently spends a month among a community of marijuana farmers. Spending time there, Peter learns to make friends and begins to help Max harvest his “crops.” When Federal Agents raid the farms, Peter must decide whether to return to his former life or carve out a new life among his new “family.”

HUMBOLDT COUNTY is well made, but predictable. Performances and production quality are competent, though not stellar. The story contains some humor, with Peter Bogdanovich as the very uptight father being the standout. Med student Peter tells the pot commune’s patriarch that this is a place where “people come alive.” That helps Peter relate better to people, but he begins to smoke marijuana. If indeed this is a place that’s good for people, why is Max desperately trying to get out? And, why does Bogart, the woman who lured Peter there in the first place, never want to stay? HUMBOLDT COUNTY is a humanist pagan movie made for humanist pagans. How can you worship God with all your mind if it’s clouded by marijuana smoke?