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American Cowslip (2009)

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An agoraphobic heroin addict seeks redemption by growing the rare and beautiful flower that will help him win the town's Garden of the Year contest in this off-beat black comedy featuring Rip Torn, Val Kilmer, Bruce Dern, and Cloris Leachman. Ethan Inglebrink (Ronnie Gene Blevins) lives in a homogeneous California town where nothing ever happens. A misfit clad in a powder-blue tux, he's convinced his poker buddies and surrogate moms Roe (Diane Ladd), Sandy (Leachman), and Lou Anne (Lin Shaye) that he's a diabetic, and his needles are for insulin rather than heroin. His next-door neighbor is his landlord and former high school football coach Trevor O'Hart (Torn), who wants nothing more than to kick Ethan out on the street. Complicating matters even further is that fact that Ethan's older brother Todd (Kilmer), the local sheriff, is convinced that his brother can only be saved by an act of God, and recruits the family priest (Peter Falk) to get the job done. Meanwhile, as the Garden of the Year competition draws near, Ethan becomes convinced that he can take the 10,000-dollar top prize and pay off his delinquent rent if he can just grow the perfect American Cowslip. Little does Ethan realize that salvation may lie not in the money he could win for growing a rare flower, but with the kind companionship and understanding offered by his 17-year-old neighbor Georgia (Hanna Hall), who longs to escape her abusive father (Dern).
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Cast

Ronnie Gene Blevins
as Ethan Inglebrink
Rip Torn
as Trevor O'Hart
Val Kilmer
as Todd Inglebrink
Hanna Hall
as Georgia
Bruce Dern
as Cliff
Lin Shaye
as Lou Anne
Peter Falk
as Father Randolph
Josh Perry
as Billy
Blake Clark
as Officer Grimes
Priscilla Barnes
as Samantha
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Critic Reviews for American Cowslip

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (2)

An ambitious but misfired comedy about an agoraphobic junkie.

Full Review… | July 29, 2009
Los Angeles Times
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Rather than funny ha-ha, this is all meant to be funny sad, but American Cowslip's clunky pacing, chintzy aesthetics and aggressively juvenile tone vaporize any possible sympathy for the characters.

Full Review… | July 29, 2009
L.A. Weekly
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Audience Reviews for American Cowslip

Wow, that was terrible. I saw no redeeming qualities to this scatter-brained snooze fest that seems to forget about the plot it started with. Encourage someone you hate to watch this and it'll be sweet revenge.

Jimmy Lalich
Jimmy Lalich

Too strange for me. Not a lot of comedy. Val Kilmer was not nearly as funny or outstanding as he could of been, it was almost like he sat on the sidelines in this movie.

Julie Creelman Greene
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