Bongwater (1998)




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Oregon pot dealer David (Luke Wilson) is perfectly happy with his uninspired artwork and sonambulstic slacker life. Along wih his layabout gay friends -- Tony (Andy Dick) and Robert (Jeremy Sisto) -- David seems to have no worries as long as the marijuana crop keeps coming in. But a social hitchhiker named Serena (Alicia Witt) finds her way into David's life and a relationship staggers to full blossom. As David gets more serious about his art, thanks to Serena's encouragement, Serena leaves to … More

Rating: R (adult situations)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Nora Maccoby, Eric Weiss
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 7, 2001
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Critic Reviews for Bongwater

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Though the pair's lack of real chemistry makes the cuddly ending feel tacked on, the hysterical drug-buddy performances of Brittany Murphy, Andy Dick, and Jack Black really make this joint roll.

Full Review… | August 7, 2013
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

An uneven, intermittently likable movie about a group of Portland residents for whom getting high is a way of life.

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

The picture is mainly a series of smoky, elliptical character sketches that range in quality from zippily funny to inert.

Full Review… | June 26, 2001
AV Club
Top Critic

It's hard to concur with the screenplay's insistence that there's both pathos and humor to be found in the bong-inhaling, bed-hopping lives of these indolent characters.

Full Review… | August 7, 2013
TV Guide's Movie Guide

That works from time to time, and Witt is always a charmer, but otherwise this one's a throwaway. Dig that video cover!

Full Review… | December 9, 2001

October 1, 2005

Audience Reviews for Bongwater


To Start in order to understand this movie you have expand your mind to that Of not only a pothead but a pot dealer, an artist, a drug user, a pagan, and most importantly a conservative. I have read many comments stating that the movie sucked...and that they were so disappointed by how awesome the cast was in a bad film. I feel that you have to stand back and view the film through the characters eyes. one at a time. Really the movie to me is about the constant struggle a habitual drug user has to grasping there own personal reality. sure the movie really had no plot, but dose life really have a plot? sure its presumed to be a comedy...and I'm sure that some people found it hilarious. The Movie to me is about struggle..plane and simple

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

It's a Fistful of Resin. lol
I don't know quite what to say about this film other than the fact that it's worth a laugh. Luke Wilson stars as a preppy burnout who's home burns down in a smoke-out splendor, then moves in with his friend played by the crazy yet oh so funny Andy Dick. Wilson has his misadventures collecting shrooms and dropping acid at a friend's "pot farm" with his high and horny friend portrayed by Brittany Murphy, and with his "ex-girlfriend" played by Alicia Witt who finds herself in unsavory scenarios as she's "moving on" with her life. Kind of difficult to give a distinct review of this film because it is what it is, bongwater.

Eric S

Super Reviewer

It really was that bad. Sure, there were some funny quotes, but for the most part, it was just a bunch of scenes that had nothing to do with each other thrown together. The end result was a big, drugged-out mess.

Stephen Earnest

Super Reviewer

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