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Bongwater (1998)

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Oregon pot dealer David (Luke Wilson) is perfectly happy with his uninspired artwork and sonambulstic slacker life. Along wih his layabout gay friends -- Tony (Andy Dick) and Robert (Jeremy Sisto) -- David seems to have no worries as long as the marijuana crop keeps coming in. But a social hitchhiker named Serena (Alicia Witt) finds her way into David's life and a relationship staggers to full blossom. As David gets more serious about his art, thanks to Serena's encouragement, Serena leaves to try out the rock 'n' roll life of New York City. David numbs his feelings for Serena with meaningless sex with her friend Mary (Brittany Murphy) and a wild mushroom-induced adventure in the woods with Jennifer (Amy Locane) and a zany drug guru Devlin (Jack Black). Meanwhile, Serena gets a brutal wakeup call about life in the big city and returns home to David. But is that the best thing for both of them? ~ Buzz McClain, Rovi
Rating:
R (adult situations)
Genre:
Comedy
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In Theaters:
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Runtime:
Studio:
First Look Pictures

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Cast

Luke Wilson
as David
Alicia Witt
as Serena
Amy Locane
as Jennifer
Andy Dick
as Tony
Jack Black
as Devlin
Jeremy Sisto
as Robert
Scott Caan
as Bobby
George Kuchar
as Homeless Man
Kyle Glass
as Guitar Player
Bronson Van Wyck
as Bartender
Muffy
as Stripper
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Critic Reviews for Bongwater

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

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.

Full Review… | August 7, 2013
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

An uneven, intermittently likable movie about a group of Portland residents for whom getting high is a way of life.

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Variety
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 26, 2001
AV Club
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 7, 2013
TV Guide

That works from time to time, and Witt is always a charmer, but otherwise this one's a throwaway. Dig that video cover!

Full Review… | December 9, 2001
Filmcritic.com

Audience Reviews for Bongwater

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 Earnest
Stephen Earnest

Super Reviewer

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 Earnest
Stephen Earnest

Super Reviewer

½

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 Maples
Cassandra Maples

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