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Humboldt County (2008)

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An ambitious and straight-laced young man falls in with a group of stoners and aging hippies in this independent comedy drama. Peter Hadley (Jeremy Strong) is a medical student in his early twenties whose dreams of a residency at a prestigious teaching hospital are dashed when he flunks out of a class taught by his father (Peter Bogdanovich). Trying to blot out his awful day, Peter heads to a jazz club, where he ends up going home with Bogart (Fairuza Balk), the sexy singer with the band. The next day, Peter tags along with Bogart as she pays a visit to her family, and is soon stranded with her aunt and uncle as she heads back into the city. Jack (Brad Dourif) and Rosie (Frances Conroy) are former academics-turned-bohemian dropouts who live in a remote and idyllic community near California's redwood forests, where they support themselves by growing marijuana. Also living with Jack and Rosie are Max (Chris Messina), Bogart's sometime boyfriend, and Charity (Madison Davenport), Max's young daughter. While Peter clearly doesn't fit in with Jack, Rosie, and their friends at first, before long he develops an appreciation and respect for their way of life as he ponders his future, but the risks of their profession become equally clear to him, and Max is looking for a big score so he and Charity can move on. Humboldt Country was the first feature film from the writing and directing team of Darren Grodsky and Danny Jacobs.more
Rating: R (for drug content and language throughout)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Danny Jacobs (II) , Danny Jacobs, Darren Grodsky
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On DVD: Jan 13, 2009
Runtime:
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site

Cast

Peter Bogdanovich
as Prof. Hadley
Roy Marin
as Harry
Jabari Morgan
as Agent Weiss
Nathan Pierce
as Deputy Dirksen
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Critic Reviews for Humboldt County

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (8)

Be prepared: Humboldt County is a slow starter. But what appears to be the cliched uptight nerd liberated by flighty sprite tale evolves into something deeper, darker, more resonant.

Full Review… | November 20, 2008
Chicago Tribune
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An amiably paced, character-driven comedy-drama about a disenchanted student who finds himself among the unreconstructed hippies and second-generation fringe dwellers who farm marijuana in the Lost Coast region of Northern California.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

Possibly it might be of some interest with the right amount of buzz, but then so is a passing cloud.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
New York Post
Top Critic

So much pot is smoked in the agreeable drama Humboldt County that you may come away from it with a contact high.

October 3, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

Humboldt County has an impressive cast and captures some of that era's fuzzy rebelliousness and humanism, but taken on its own the picture is finally thin stuff.

Full Review… | September 26, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

A relaxed, sweetly amusing little indie effort that'll make you want to hang out with its inhabitants, except with better snack food than they have.

Full Review… | September 26, 2008
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Humboldt County

"It was a little further out than he thought."

Humboldt County is a very disappointing film. It has a few scenes that are really good and every time one of them comes; I would think the movie was about to start getting better. But then the movie would fall right back into a 20 minute lull. I guess the main problem, besides boredom, is the fact that I really didn't like the lead, Jeremy Strong. It might actually just be the character, but either way, I hated him.

What saved the movie from being a complete waste of time were the performances by Brad Dourif and Chris Messina. Both were great and the only bright spots of the entire film. The movie was just so dry. It failed to really sell it's emotional climax at all. I really didn't care. The lead up is boring for the most part. Like I said, it does have a few moments where you may think the story and pace is going to pick up and become more interesting. But that was never the case. It was pretty much an exercise in mediocre storytelling throughout.

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Melvin White

Super Reviewer

½

An uptight med student gets kidnapped by a bunch of dirty pot-growing hippies. No, really. Not that I have anything against dirty hippies, but these dirty hippies are also obnoxious and arrogant people who treat the uptight kid condescendingly. For some reason, the uptight med student likes the upheaval these unpleasant hippies bring to his life, and stays with them in the woods. The hippies all live in the woods like children, throwing random temper tantrums, but is that the point? Is Humboldt County a horror movie, revealing the ugly truth about escapism? Is it an indictment of the 60s generation? If the film had had a little more depth, had the characters not been so universally repulsive, the lesson might've had more impact. But these so-called "real" people are more self-centered and less empathetic than the worst stereotypical yuppy. As it is, there's very little to actually like here, outside of the under-used Peter Dogdanovich.

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Devon Bott

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Takes me back to high school days, hanging out with grown adults who give pot to kids. Brad Dourif is my hero.

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Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

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