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Daltry Calhoun (2005)

tomatometer

7

Average Rating: 3.6/10
Reviews Counted: 28
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 26

Watching grass grow would likely be more entertaining than this dull, slight feature about a sod salesman.

9

Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 10

Watching grass grow would likely be more entertaining than this dull, slight feature about a sod salesman.

audience

40

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Average Rating: 2.6/5
User Ratings: 20,710

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Movie Info

When seed and sod entrepreneur Daltry Calhoun's (Johnny Knoxville) abandoned ex-girlfriend shows up on his doorstep with the daughter he never knew he had, the reformed ladies' man finds out that you can never truly escape your past -- even when it seems you may have no future. Calhoun is a local celebrity and self-made entrepreneur who made a name for himself by selling locally produced turf that blankets many of the nation's most exclusive golf courses, and his quirky television spots have won

PG-13,

Comedy

Feb 7, 2006

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All Critics (29) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (26) | DVD (8)

The movie has its flaws, but they are few and forgivable.

August 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Southern whimsy, when handled delicately, can produce a precious jewel a la Junebug. In less skillful hands, it can be merely precious.

November 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday
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Knoxville tries hard and exudes a certain likability, but can't really handle big dramatic moments at this point in his career.

November 4, 2005
New York Post
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A weird, unpleasant little movie.

November 4, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Although the film starts off somewhat amusingly, the first-time feature director Katrina Holden Bronson seems to have spent more energy assembling the overbearing soundtrack than expanding on her characters' fractured relationships.

November 3, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Anyone looking for a paean to the unnatural allure of a sprinklered lawn can see that the grass is greener in Blue Velvet.

November 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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It'd be nice if Tarantino would go back to making his own films (which are usually pretty doggoned good) rather than helping out young filmmakers to produce garbage.

February 19, 2006 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

For all its good intentions, Daltry Calhoun is a predictable, derivative film.

February 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Contains a couple of lovely scenes that are all but smothered by a shambling mess of self-conscious eccentricity.

November 4, 2005 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Unusual and in places refreshing, Daltry Calhoun is a good natured independent comedy drama independent film fans will endorse.

October 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders
Entertainment Insiders

It seems everyone involved meant well, but this one moves like an empty boat in a pond.

October 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Boasts Quentin Tarantino as co-executive producer but falls about as far from that particular tree as one can imagine.

October 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

There's no reason to see this film, not even on cable. None!

October 1, 2005
Greenwich Village Gazette

The old 'Bachelor Father' formula is resurrected with a killer dose of whimsy in this pointedly quirky, almost unbearably dilatory feature.

September 28, 2005 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Newcomer Sophie Traub is a natural charmer who hovers above the confusion like an angel even as her co-stars are sucked into the muck.

September 26, 2005
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

It's a fantasy of a Southern town without minorities or economic difficulties where all the white folks support each other and speak with clear, but variable drawls. Oye.

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

Johnny Knoxville is moving on up from being a simple Duke of Hazzard to Tennessee's King of Sod. Too bad the royal promotion didn't come with a quality upgrade as well.

September 23, 2005 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

It means well and has mild charms, but writer/director Katrina Holden Bronson can't steer the performers in the same direction, nor can she whittle down the overplotted story to its essence.

September 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Daltry Calhoun

[font=Century Gothic]In "Daltry Calhoun", Daltry Calhoun(Johnny Knoxville) is on the surface a very successful man, having made his fortune from inventing a new brand of turf.(Daltry's dream is to host a USGA sponsored tournament on a golf course on the property he owns.) Having seen one of his commercials, Daltry's ex, May(Elizabeth Banks), and their daughter, June(Sophie Traub), a precocious 14-year old with dreams of attending Julliard, arrive in town to see him. May is dying and wants to find a good home for her daughter before she dies. But Daltry is actually on the verge of ruin, brought on by the side effects of his invention...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Daltry Calhoun" is not a bad movie, exactly, but it also has nothing new to say about the changes in life and being prepared for them. The movie tries to rely on a quirky charm which is frankly not there. And Knoxville does make for an awkward lead.[/font]
February 8, 2007
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Very funny!
December 24, 2007
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