Bongwater

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David (Luke Wilson) is an Oregon slacker content to sell pot and occasionally work on his art. When he meets the beautiful and vibrant Serena (Alicia Witt), David begins to engage in life more fully and pursues his artwork with a sense of purpose. However, after Serena departs to live in New York City, he starts to drift back into his old habits, embarking on drug-crazed outings with the nutty Devlin (Jack Black). Will David and Serena reunite, or are they destined to be apart?

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Critic Reviews for Bongwater

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (5)

  • 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.

    August 7, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • An uneven, intermittently likable movie about a group of Portland residents for whom getting high is a way of life.

    February 23, 2012
  • The picture is mainly a series of smoky, elliptical character sketches that range in quality from zippily funny to inert.

    June 26, 2001 | Full Review…

    Noel Murray

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  • 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.

    August 7, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
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    October 1, 2005 | Rating: 2/5
  • That works from time to time, and Witt is always a charmer, but otherwise this one's a throwaway. Dig that video cover!

    December 9, 2001 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bongwater

  • Nov 29, 2011
    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 E Super Reviewer
  • Aug 14, 2011
    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 E Super Reviewer
  • Feb 20, 2010
    Very unfunny for a stoner movie and I usually have a good laugh at those. But I found this very unenjoyable. Skip this even if you are a fan of the cast involved, it wiil only disappoint.
    Ken D Super Reviewer
  • Dec 27, 2009
    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 M Super Reviewer

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