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 him, only if drug tests on his father come back clean. Esper is involved in a serious relationship with Irv's daughter, Donna (Foster), and plans to marry her with or without the money. But Esper's scheming mother, Effie (Rosanna Arquette) has other plans. She's teamed up with corrupt parole officer, Larry (Michael T. Weiss from television's The Pretender), in a vicious plot to get Esper out of the way and collect the insurance money herself. Larry busts Esper and assaults Donna while he's in jail, but Donna finds a way to bail Esper out before Larry can have him killed. Together with their junkie friends, Nick (David Backus) and Dominique (Amanda Tepe), Esper and Donna start up their own meth lab. But Larry is still after Esper, and the methamphetamine business turns out to be more dangerous than any of them had imagined. Iowa had its world premiere in competition at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival.
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Cast

Rosanna Arquette
as Effie Harte
Muse Watson
as Sheriff Walker
John Savage
as Irv Huffman
Amanda Tepe
as Dominique
Diane Foster
as Donna Huffman
William Wayne
as Joey Wilhoff
David Backus
as Nick Slavins
Michael T. Weiss
as Larry Clarkson
Matt Farnsworth
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.

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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Audience Reviews for Iowa

Not nearly as bad as the reviews here indicate, but there wasn't a whole lot that made it good either.

Jeff B
Jeff B

I wonder if anybody who watched this movie said Now that brings back memories?! If there ever was a movie on the reasons why you should not do Crystal Meth then Iowa is it.This movie scared the crap out of me & I think if they showed it in high schools or anywhere else across the country I'm pretty sure it would scare people into staying away from meth.This is the perfect Anti-Meth movie

Brody Manson
Brody Manson

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½

A creepy view on meth heads in my home state Iowa, but for christ's sake since when do we have southern accents?!? LOL hollywood failing as usual like in The Crazies

Dominic Vilmain
Dominic Vilmain

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