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Luke Wilson stars as a pot dealer and sometimes artist who meets and falls for Alicia Witt. She encourages him to take more interest in his painting, but when her art dealer friend (Brittany Murphy) shows a bit too much interest in him, she runs off to New York with a rock musician (Jamie Kennedy). He mopes around with his buddies (Andy Dick & Jeremy Sisto) and heads off to the woods to trip on acid with Jack Black. An amiable film with a great cast that seems to live under the same pot haze as Wilson's character. The film's one major flaw is that Dick is annoying and is in way too much of the film's last act.
Can't believe how many big actors this film had in it. It was an overall okay movie with its good spots here and there but it just felt like a bad version on Chasing Amy.
It's not much of a good-time comedy, if that's what you're expecting, but it's a decently interesting film. The characters are sort of annoying and the story is kinda messy, but it's mostly tolerable. There are a couple of funny moments and Jack Black and Andy Dick are a delight to see.
It's not the best movie, but it's one of those old 90's flicks!
Great cast! Funny, subtle, quirky, 90's rehash. Love Tenacious D and Portland.
The title notwithstanding, this drug-laden laugh trip is more Reality Bites than Up in Smoke. David (a sweetly earnest Wilson) is a pot dealer with half-baked ambitions of becoming an artist; Serena (Witt) is his nuttily domineering love interest. 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.
Entertainment Weekly review by Ann Limpert
Overlooked gem of an indie film...subtle and quirky, slice of life circa 90's Portland slackers. Somebody had a great eye for casting. Holy shit!
Bongwater is really a romantic/quirky comedy instead of a silly stoner comedy. Somebody marketed this film incorrectly and led people to believe it's a laugh out loud comedy. It's not. It's more a slice of life portrait of a time and place. It's subtle, smart and takes it's time. In fact you almost feel like your high when watching it, like a contact high! I used to live in Portland and I can tell you, I knew alot of people just like this. RIP Brittany Murphy. She's great in it
Watching this film now, 5 years after it was built and after the massive collapse of the previous carefree era of Fun and only Fun, it seemed a hilarious satire of the self-absorptive allure of a particular flavor of substance saturated post-college scene. It reminded me of an updated Repo Man in many ways -- a celebration as well as a repudiation of hedonistic fun.
You have to enjoy a certain flavor of bludgeoningly subtle pointlessness to enjoy this movie. Personally, I thought it was great. It's not a silly stoner movie. It's more a subtle, romantic and quirky comedy. Whoever marketed it, should have their heads examined.
When Andy Dick is the best thing about a movie.... Godspeed.