River of Grass (1995)


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River of Grass has all the elements of a conventional road movie: a car, a gun, criminal plans, and young lovers on the run from an angry father who also happens to be a suspended police officer. But writer and director Kelly Reichardt has instead taken these familiar elements and fashioned an anti-road movie, a deadpan film that is more existentialist comedy than crime drama. The young lovers in question are Cozy, the cop's daughter, and Lee Ray, a shady character from the wrong end of town. … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
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Written By: Jesse Hartman, Kelly Reichardt
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On DVD: Mar 18, 2003
Wellspring Media Inc.


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Critic Reviews for River of Grass

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This minimalist yet revisionist indie feature (Reichardt's debut) is a highlight of the 1994 Sundance Film Fest.

Full Review… | June 15, 2011

There's an element of wit in Reichardt's minimalism here that isn't present in her later, more somber work.

Full Review… | January 5, 2009

Plenty of fun but not really that memorable

Full Review… | March 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for River of Grass

Bored, Cozy(Lisa Bowman), a housewife, dresses up to go to a nearby bar where she encounters Lee(Larry Fessenden). Lee, despite rarely leaving his grandmother's house by the age of 29, has somehow and coincidentally come into the possession of the gun formerly belonging to Jimmy Ryder(Dick Russell), Cozy's father and a police detective, for which he has been suspended for one week. All of which has nothing to do with Lee inviting Cozy to go swimming in a friend's pool.

Even working on a miniscule budget as she is with her first film, "River of Grass," one can see definite filmmaking promise in Kelly Reichardt that she would deliver on in her later films. As it is, there is a very cool soundtrack as she manages to capture south Florida in a unique way while beginning her specialty in following characters who achieve varying levels of success in trying to get where they are going. That might also explain the lackadaisical, yet deadpan, pacing for which I will overlook the short eternity the plot, what there is of it, takes to kick in.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

seems unfinished. My least favorite of Reichardt's films. Old Joy and Wendy and Lucy far surpass it in terms of mood and plot..

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