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Homegrown
Homegrown
Actors: Billy Bob Thornton, Hank Azaria, Kelly Lynch, John Lithgow, Jon Tenney
Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
R     1998     1hr 42min

FIVE MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF CALIFORNIA'S MOST CONTROVERSIAL CASH CROP IS UP FOR GRABS WHEN THE PLANTATION OWNER IS MYSTERIOUSLY MURDERED.

     

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Actors: Billy Bob Thornton, Hank Azaria, Kelly Lynch, John Lithgow, Jon Tenney
Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal
Creators: Stephen Gyllenhaal, Andre Lamal, Howell Caldwell, Jason Clark, Naomi Foner, Jonah Raskin, Nicholas Kazan
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 09/01/1998
Original Release Date: 04/17/1998
Theatrical Release Date: 04/17/1998
Release Year: 1998
Run Time: 1hr 42min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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Movie Reviews

Victim of the times.
H. Johnson | Bella Vista, CA USA | 09/30/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"It's a shame that "Homegrown" was but a brief blip on the box office radar screen, but it hardly ranks as the greatest injustice to befall a Hollywood product. This movie isn't a masterpiece. Still, it is thrilling, intriguing, funny, and provides a fascinating look at the subculture of marijuana growers. The performances seem spot-on, and the movie's creators have admirably avoided some common pitfalls: the growers aren't presented in a "Robin Hood" light, but neither are they demonized; the violence in the film is neither overstated nor glossed-over; and the ending, thankfully, isn't stock Hollywood. The film has a lot of creative integrity going for it. I do agree with another reviewer: this look into the growers' world whets the appetite for a look at the history of marijuana growing, and it would have been nice if the creative team behind the DVD had included such, even if only as a bonus feature."
Excelent and Very Funny Movie
Medron | 10/04/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The characters are human enough to be believable, but silly enough to be fun to watch. It has great on-location shots that made me feel I was in the woods on the Northern California coast. If the "illegal drugs" part of it bothers you, just pretend it's period piece set in Kentucky during the prohibition era. The only difference would be that, back then, the drug deemed evil by misguided government policy was alcohol. The problems prohibition caused -- crime, an underground economy and entire communities' willingness to protect their local trade -- are the same."
All-star cast, great drama, but it didn't get much screentim
Jessica Lux | Rosamond, CA | 12/18/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Homegrown is a difficult movie to explain or market. Some people seem to want to call it a comedy to help ease the touchy marijuana subject, but it is really a crime drama, not a comedy. It's a comedy only in the way that some unseasoned criminals screw up on the job (as in an Elmore Leonard novel), but that's just relief from what is truly a dramatic film about marijuana farmers. One can't help but wonder how the studio planned to deal with a possible backlash to a film that presents marijuana farmers as good guys, not demons.

The cast is terrific, from Billy Bob Thornton to John Lithgow to Jamie Lee Curtis to Jon Bon Jovi, among many other big names. If you want to see a movie most people didn't get a chance to view on the big screen, check this one out.
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If you've ever lived the life then you'll appreciate this ge
Ken Jensen | Kingston, NY | 03/31/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Homegrown is a gift to anyone who's ever taken part in the herbacious sporting life. Billy Bob Thornton plays the smartest of three underachieving men guarding a mondo sized field of weed. He handles the role of senior man on site well. His acerbic wit is outstanding in this. His droll delivery of sarcastic disgust when outlining the obvious for the other two partners is pure music to my ears. I'd say 9 out of every 10 things he had to say were just brutally funny. In my opinion, nobody does this better then Billy. Hank Azaria plays the second man who's almost as smart but not quite and his lines are magic, too. Ryan Phillipe does well as the clueless kid, cursed by inexperience but packed with enthusiasm as were we all at his age. It's his youthful exuberance and naivete as he screws up that is so fun to watch. Overall, the movie is funny, even when it gets violent (which there's not much of). It somehow mixes humor you'd expect from potheads and the deeper type of humor found from clearer thinking minds. I've been both and this appealed to each side of my life experience. Whether you watch this in a smoke filled room or not, you will laugh hard and often."