Iowa (2005)



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Matt Farnsworth wrote and stars in the independent drama Iowa, which also marks his feature directorial debut. Farnsworth and associate producer/co-star Diane Foster had previously worked on Poor Man's Dope, a documentary about tweaked-out Midwestern methamphetamine addicts and dealers, and that inspired them to make this feature. Farnsworth plays Esper, whose father, a meth addict, dies as the film opens. Esper stands to collect on an insurance policy, but as executor Irv (John Savage) tells … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Matt Farnsworth
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On DVD: Feb 10, 2009
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as Effie Harte

as Sheriff Walker

as Irv Huffman

as Dominique

as Donna Huffman

as Joey Wilhoff

as Nick Slavins

as Larry Clarkson

as Esper Harte
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Critic Reviews for Iowa

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (8)

A mish-mash of familiar cinematic would-be jolts and shocks that don't convince for a more than a moment or two.

Full Review… | August 25, 2006
Chicago Tribune
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Cut with distractions: tweaky visuals, borrowed touches and cartoonish characters.

Full Review… | August 25, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times
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Farnsworth's frenetic, often hysterical first feature tries desperately to find a style, or styles, to call its own, but there's never a moment that doesn't feel as if it's been chewed up and spit out a dozen times before.

Full Review… | April 13, 2006
Los Angeles Times
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As director, Farnsworth lets tricky visuals run roughshod over dramatic unity, while as a performer, his lack of screen presence makes him seem sullen and uninterested instead of darkly charismatic.

Full Review… | April 13, 2006
L.A. Weekly
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There's not much story but there are plenty of colorful, almost David Lynchian drug freakouts.

March 31, 2006
New York Post
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A sour vanity project: trash posing as a socially relevant 'cautionary tale.'

Full Review… | March 31, 2006
New York Daily News
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