Daltry Calhoun


Daltry Calhoun

Critics Consensus

Watching grass grow would likely be more entertaining than this dull, slight feature about a sod salesman.



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When seed and sod entrepreneur Daltry Calhoun's (Johnny Knoxville) abandoned ex-girlfriend shows up on his doorstep with the daughter he never knew he had, the reformed ladies' man finds out that you can never truly escape your past -- even when it seems you may have no future. Calhoun is a local celebrity and self-made entrepreneur who made a name for himself by selling locally produced turf that blankets many of the nation's most exclusive golf courses, and his quirky television spots have won the hearts of television viewers across Ducktown, TN. When Daltry's ex-girlfriend May (Elizabeth Banks) arrives unannounced with talented teenage daughter June (Sophie Traub) in tow, she confides that her terminal illness has forced her to seek him out in hopes that he can care for their daughter after she is gone. Despite the early success of Daltry's business and the popularity of his kitschy commercials, things have been looking rather grim lately and Daltry has begun liquidating his assets in hopes of keeping his head above water. Though smitten shopkeeper Flora (Juliette Lewis) has offered financial help to Daltry, the kindly offers have fallen on deaf ears. Now, with the odds weighing heavily against him, Daltry vows to make up for lost time by doing right in the eyes of his family and community and caring for his daughter while getting his business back on track. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


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Critic Reviews for Daltry Calhoun

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (26)

  • The movie has its flaws, but they are few and forgivable.

    Aug 16, 2007
  • Southern whimsy, when handled delicately, can produce a precious jewel a la Junebug. In less skillful hands, it can be merely precious.

    Nov 4, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4

    Jan Stuart

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  • Knoxville tries hard and exudes a certain likability, but can't really handle big dramatic moments at this point in his career.

    Nov 4, 2005 | Rating: 2/4
  • A weird, unpleasant little movie.

    Nov 4, 2005 | Rating: 1/4
  • Although the film starts off somewhat amusingly, the first-time feature director Katrina Holden Bronson seems to have spent more energy assembling the overbearing soundtrack than expanding on her characters' fractured relationships.

    Nov 3, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Anyone looking for a paean to the unnatural allure of a sprinklered lawn can see that the grass is greener in Blue Velvet.

    Nov 1, 2005 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Daltry Calhoun

  • Apr 18, 2008
    I don't know if this movie is trying to be funny or serious.
    The M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 08, 2007
    [font=Century Gothic]In "Daltry Calhoun", Daltry Calhoun(Johnny Knoxville) is on the surface a very successful man, having made his fortune from inventing a new brand of turf.(Daltry's dream is to host a USGA sponsored tournament on a golf course on the property he owns.) Having seen one of his commercials, Daltry's ex, May(Elizabeth Banks), and their daughter, June(Sophie Traub), a precocious 14-year old with dreams of attending Julliard, arrive in town to see him. May is dying and wants to find a good home for her daughter before she dies. But Daltry is actually on the verge of ruin, brought on by the side effects of his invention...[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Daltry Calhoun" is not a bad movie, exactly, but it also has nothing new to say about the changes in life and being prepared for them. The movie tries to rely on a quirky charm which is frankly not there. And Knoxville does make for an awkward lead.[/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 09, 2006
    A cute feel-good movie. It was okay...
    Leigh R Super Reviewer

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