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Leaves of Grass (2009)

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  • Genre: Comedy | Crime | Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 17 September 2010 (USA)
  • Runtime: 105 min
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Leaves of Grass (2009)


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  • IMDb page: Leaves of Grass (2009)
  • Rate: 6.6/10 total 13,606 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Crime | Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 17 September 2010 (USA)
  • Runtime: 105 min
  • Filming Location: Plain Dealing, Louisiana, USA
  • Budget: $9,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $68,009(USA)(10 October 2010)
  • Director: Tim Blake Nelson
  • Stars: Edward Norton, Keri Russell and Henry Max Nelson
  • Original Music By: Jeff Danna   
  • Soundtrack: Stand Up
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Twins | Philosophy Professor | Twin Brother | Rural Setting | Stabbed In The Stomach

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Tim Blake Nelson  written by

Known Trivia

  • Tim Blake Nelson wrote the screenplay with Edward Norton in mind to play the roles of the twin main characters, saying “there would have been no second choice” if Norton had said no.
  • Edward Norton was so desperate to star in this movie that he took a pay cut, stating in an interview that he “actually got paid half what I usually make”.
  • Lindsay Lohan auditioned for a role.
  • Tim Blake Nelson studied classics at Brown University, he also grew up in Tulsa Oklahoma.

Goofs: Continuity: (At 32:00) When the twins are talk talking outside, his grip on the beer bottle keeps shifting between scenes, and also the watch he keeps changing its size and position on the hand.

Plot: An Ivy League professor is lured back to his Oklahoma hometown, where his twin brother, a small-time pot grower, has concocted a scheme to take down a local drug lord. Full summary » |  »

Story: The lives of two identical twins, one an Ivy League philosophy professor, the other a small-time and brilliant marijuana grower, intertwine when the professor is lured back to his Oklahoma hometown for a doomed scheme against a local drug lord.Written by Anonymous  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Stuart Blumberg known as executive producer
  • Elie Cohn known as producer
  • Boaz Davidson known as executive producer
  • Danny Dimbort known as executive producer
  • Kristina Dubin known as producer
  • Eric Gitter known as executive producer
  • Warren T. Goz known as executive producer
  • David Koplan known as executive producer
  • John Langley known as producer
  • Avi Lerner known as executive producer
  • Stewart McMichael known as executive producer
  • Bill Migliore known as producer (as William Migliore)
  • Tim Blake Nelson known as producer
  • Edward Norton known as producer
  • Trevor Short known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Edward Norton known as Bill Kincaid / Brady Kincaid
  • Lucy DeVito known as Anne Greenstein
  • Kent Jude Bernard known as Philosophy Student
  • Amelia Campbell known as Maggie Harmon
  • Tim Blake Nelson known as Bolger
  • Randal Reeder known as Shaver
  • Leo Fabian known as Waddell
  • Pruitt Taylor Vince known as Big Joe Sharpe
  • Tina Parker known as Sharon
  • Susan Sarandon known as Daisy Kincaid
  • Ty Burrell known as Professor Sorenson
  • Lee Wilkof known as Professor Nathan Levy
  • Melanie Lynskey known as Colleen
  • Josh Pais known as Ken Feinman
  • Lisa Benavides known as Suzie Feinman (as Lisa Benavides-Nelson)
  • Jenna Podell known as Staci Feinman
  • Henry Max Nelson known as Tommy Feinman
  • Alyssia Dujmovich known as Jilly
  • Ken Cheeseman known as Jimmy Fuller
  • Steve Earle known as Buddy Fuller
  • Keri Russell known as Janet
  • Naima Lett known as Sally (as Naima Imani Lett)
  • Maggie Siff known as Rabbi Zimmerman
  • Richard Dreyfuss known as Pug Rothbaum
  • Tim Ware known as Minister Davies
  • Tim Fletcher known as TV Reporter
  • Robin McGee known as Salesman
  • Chris Freihofer known as Doctor
  • Michael C. 'Mike' Allen known as Jewish Congregation Member (uncredited)
  • Michael August known as Airport Traveler (uncredited)
  • Daulton Brewer known as Mourner (uncredited)
  • Jon Dainty known as Waiter (uncredited)
  • Ella Davidson known as Airport Traveler (uncredited)
  • Tammy Eaton known as Airport Patron (uncredited)
  • Ted Ferguson known as Brown University Professor (uncredited)
  • John Foster known as Airline Passenger (uncredited)
  • Juanita Harrison known as Funeral Mourner (uncredited)
  • Jim Henry known as Policeman (uncredited)
  • Deborah R. Jones known as Employee (uncredited)
  • Lori Knighton known as Lady Trucker (uncredited)
  • Jimmy Lee Jr. known as Trucker (uncredited)
  • Krystal Mayo known as Bacchanalian (uncredited)
  • Cindy McBride known as Funeral Mourner (uncredited)
  • Lee Ann McDade known as Truckstop Food Waitress (uncredited)
  • James B. McDaniel known as Airport Driver (uncredited)
  • Eric Kelly McFarland known as Airline Passenger (uncredited)
  • Amy McGee known as Brady's Friend (uncredited)
  • Mysti Nash known as Congregation Member (uncredited)
  • Jeannie Perrin known as Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
  • Halley Rachal known as Airport Traveler (uncredited)
  • Matthew Ramsaur known as Airport Patron (uncredited)
  • Clayton S. Taylor known as Trauma Doctor (uncredited)
  • Sarah J. Thompson known as Airport Patron (uncredited)
  • Jonathan Tripp known as College Ivy League Student (uncredited)
  • Chuck Vail known as Brown University Professor (uncredited)
  • Thomas Wallace known as Professor (uncredited)
  • Steven E. Williams known as Synagogue Parishioner (uncredited)
  • Scott Yarnell known as Brown University Professor (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Troy Breeding known as additional makeup artist
  • Bonnie Clevering known as hair department head
  • Kasey Erokhin known as makeup artist: Richard Dreyfuss
  • Rita Parillo known as key hair stylist
  • Joe Rivera known as additional makeup artist
  • Calvin Scott known as key makeup artist
  • Nuria Sitja known as makeup artist: Susan Sarandon
  • Bonnie Walker known as hair stylist (as Bonnie Sue Walker)
  • Randy Westgate known as makeup department head
  • Bonnie Clevering known as hair stylist: Mr. Norton (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Genny Bamburg known as painter
  • Trinity Bamburg known as lead scenic artist
  • William Bolton III known as propmaker (as William C. Bolton III)
  • Gary Champagne known as set dresser (as Gary X. Champagne)
  • Lisa Akes Crouch known as lead greensperson
  • Jeremy Drake known as art production assistant
  • Wade Easley known as assistant property master (as Wade A. Easley)
  • Jason Ebarb known as propmaker
  • Joseph Fedo known as on-set dresser
  • Stephen Finders known as stand-by props
  • Kevin Gaspard known as graphic artist
  • Tommy Gilbert known as set dresser (as Thomas Gilbert)
  • Eric Gray known as greensperson
  • Kerry Hardy known as paint foreman
  • Michael Hendrick known as set dresser (as Michael E. Hendrick)
  • Kathleen Kat Holton known as greensperson (as Kay Holton)
  • Jeremy Keifer known as painter
  • Joel Klaff known as draper
  • James Mark Lakin Jr. known as painter
  • Phil Langone known as storyboard artist
  • Ernerst J. Levron Jr. known as set dresser
  • David Markle known as set dresser
  • John Millard known as leadman
  • David Myers known as assembler: mock-up set
  • Jessica Navran known as graphic artist (as Jessica L. Navran)
  • Charles Nelson known as greensperson (as Charles B. Nelson)
  • David Nicholas known as greensperson (as David Ivan Nicholas)
  • Jared Pendergrass known as art department coordinator
  • Todd Pittman known as painter
  • Tracy Plunkett known as painter (as Tracye A. Plunkett)
  • Erika Rice known as set dresser
  • Robert M. Rives known as greensperson
  • Chase Shankee known as painter
  • Floyd B. Sterling known as set dresser (as F.B. Sterling Jr.)
  • Michael R. Todd known as painter
  • David Weheder known as greensperson
  • Thomas 'Noe' Welch known as co-leadman
  • Andrew Wert known as property master (as Andrew 'Big Joe' Wert)
  • Penny Wesney known as painter
  • Chris M. Wilson known as propmaker
  • Jason Wilson known as painter
  • Russell Wilson known as construction foreman
  • Tom R. Wilson known as construction coordinator
  • Sam Jacobs known as set dresser (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • Millennium Films (presents)
  • Langley Films (presents)
  • Class 5 Films
  • Leaves Productions (as Leaves LLC) (produced in association with)
  • Grand Army Entertainment (produced in association with)
  • Nu Image Films

Other Companies:

  • 42West  unit publicity
  • Advanced Nutrients  technical advisors: hydroponic
  • Associated Travel Group  travel (as Associated Travel)
  • Behind the Scenes Freight  shipping by
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera car
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies: remote & stabilized camera systems
  • Cinelease  grip and lighting equipment
  • Comerica Entertainment Group  production financing
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Fairfield Studios  additional adr recording
  • Film Finances  completion bond
  • Gala Catering  catering
  • Gamma & Density  on-set color correction
  • InsightLA EPK  EPK footage provided by
  • InsightLA EPK  epk creator
  • LA House of Props  product placement
  • Leonetti Louisiana  grip and lighting equipment
  • LoopEase  loop group
  • Millennium Films  funding
  • Multimediarisk.com  insurance services
  • NT Audio Visual  optical track transfer (as N.T. Audio)
  • Panavision Remote Systems  Technocranes and Libra Heads
  • Paskal Lighting  grip and lighting equipment
  • Plastercity Digital Post  digital intermediate (as PlasterCITY Digital Post)
  • Red Digital Cinema  camera
  • Skywalker Sound  post-production facilities


  • Telepathic Studios (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Avex Entertainment (2011) (Japan) (DVD)
  • California Filmes (2010) (Brazil) (all media)
  • CatchPlay (2010) (Taiwan) (all media)
  • Cinemax (2009) (Russia) (all media) (CIS)
  • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Eagle Films (2009) (non-USA) (all media) (Middle East)
  • Film1 (2012) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • First Look Home Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Roadshow Entertainment (2010) (Australia) (DVD)
  • Scanbox Entertainment (2010) (Finland) (all media)
  • Splendid Film (2010) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Transeuropa Video Entertainment (TVE) (2011) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • VVS Films (2009) (Canada) (all media)
  • Wide Pictures (2010) (Spain) (all media)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Worldwide FX (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Simeon Asenov known as visual effects art director: Worldwide FX
  • Dilyan Aynadzhiev known as visual effects systems administrator
  • Scott Coulter known as visual effects producer: Worldwide FX
  • Damyan Dinev known as visual effects concept artist: Worldwide FX
  • Stanislav Draganov known as simulation department: Worldwide FX
  • Katie Fellion known as digital intermediate visual effects supervisor
  • Kremena Ganeva known as 2d compositor: Worldwide FX
  • Veselina Georgieva known as visual effects supervisor: Worldwide FX (as Veselina Hary Georgieva)
  • Ivan Gochev Ivanov known as simulation department: Worldwide FX (as Ivan Ivanov)
  • Delyan Ketipov known as lead 2d artist: Worldwide FX
  • Momchil Kirov known as 2d compositor: Worldwide FX
  • Stanislav Kolev known as senior compositor
  • Nikolay Kondarev known as visual effects technical support: Worldwide FX
  • Zornitsa Krasteva known as visual effects colorist: Worldwife FX
  • Desislava Lazarova known as visual effects editor: Worldwide FX
  • Peter Marinov known as visual effects technical support: Worldwide FX
  • Jordan Markov known as visual effects
  • Gray Marshall known as visual effects supervisor
  • Velislava Mihailova known as 2d compositor: Worldwide FX
  • Nikolay Pachov known as visual effects editor: Worldwide FX
  • Stefan Tchakarov known as visual effects production supervisor: Worldwide FX
  • Valentin Todorov known as visual effects technical support: Worldwide FX
  • Peter Tomov known as head of simulation department: Worldwide FX
  • Stoilova Tsvetelina known as simulation department: Worldwide FX (as Tsvetelina Stoilova)
  • Ian Vertovec known as additional digital intermediate visual effects
  • Svilen Aynadzhiev known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Adam Francis known as motion control technician (uncredited)
  • Dobri Georgiev known as lead cgi artist (uncredited)
  • Georgi Georgiev known as digital artist (uncredited)
  • Kiril Georgiev known as visual effects coordinator: Bulgaria, Worldwide FX (uncredited)
  • Kiril Gizdov known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Kalin Krumov known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Mike Leben known as motion control operator (uncredited)
  • Nikolay Mihailov known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Nick Peshunoff known as visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
  • Alexander Valev known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Alex Zvezdev known as visual effects systems administrator (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • Canada 14 September 2009 (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • USA 13 November 2009 (Starz Denver Film Festival)
  • Russia 2 March 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • USA 13 March 2010 (South by Southwest Film Festival)
  • USA 4 June 2010 (Seattle International Film Festival)
  • Italy 17 September 2010
  • USA 17 September 2010 (limited)
  • USA 17 September 2010
  • USA 12 October 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Poland 14 October 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Austria 29 October 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Germany 29 October 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Australia 20 January 2011 (Blu-ray premiere)
  • Finland 23 February 2011 (DVD premiere) (Blu-ray premiere)
  • Netherlands 19 July 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Argentina 2 November 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • France 2 November 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 21 December 2011 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for violence, pervasive language, and drug content



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. pyrocitor from Ontario, Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 3:25 am

    It is fascinating to see certain movies that achieve a specific balancebetween the familiar and the unique, a particular dynamic perfectlyrepresentative of writer/director/actor Tim Blake Nelson's Leaves ofGrass. On the surface, the film's prevailing themes of family,reconciliation with one's roots and the tensions betweeneducated/"upper" class and working/"lower" class are identifiable asthose articulated in countless films and other cultural texts,suggesting just one more re-tread of the same material. At the sametime, in an elusive sense, the particular angle the material isaddressed feels somehow fresh and unique, making Leaves of Grassparticularly vibrant, dynamic and compelling, both as a narrative andindividual character study.

    In its most distilled essence, the film charts a rampantly successfulIvy League philosophy professor (Norton) forced to return to and cometo terms with his less than glamorous family ties in Tulsa, Oklahoma.Of course the narrative covers significantly more ground than that,particularly the professor being sucked into an ill-advised and hardlylegal scheme by his madcap, drug dealer twin brother (also Norton), butNelson returns so continuously to the aforementioned central themesthat the increasingly complex plot surrounding them runs the risk offeeling somewhat besides the point, as enjoyable as it is. However, itis through evolving such a complex web of narrative that Nelson's filmfeels all the more unique, allowing him to tackle often covered themeswith not only a more fresh and indirect approach, but also a great dealmore authenticity. Each of the film's characters, as colourful andoccasionally larger than life as they may be, feels strikingly real,making their actions and interactions within such a convoluted storyalternatively more resonant and hilarious, as if each are playing the'straight man' against an increasingly madcap story unfolding aroundthem.

    With the same charming, powerful yet slightly kooky tone which pervadesmany of his acting performances, Nelson sets up his film in awonderfully askew fashion, taking delight in veering right when thelogical narrative progression would suggest left, and offering a fairshare of surprise twists, including several jarring or downrightuncomfortable bursts of serious intensity discordantly changingaltering the generally breezy mood. However thematically familiar, theframework of Nelson's film does feel refreshingly unexpected, even ifit does somewhat lose its momentum towards the end, trundling towards adenouement that feels somewhat under-thought or vaguely less thaneffective. Nonetheless, a lively musical score and crisp editing propelthe film along at a generally steady pace, assuring that despite therare stumbling, Nelson's film feels fundamentally alive, truthful andriotously enjoyable.

    But, as is common with such character-focused material, it is the castthat ultimately drives the story home. Nelson himself has admitted thathe wrote the lead twin characters for Edward Norton, and it isimpossible to imagine any other performer offering two such superblynuanced, powerful and entertaining, not to mention fundamentallydifferent characterizations within a single film, managing the rarelyseen trick of playing off himself to perfection. Norton infuses so muchlife, passion and charisma of such varied sorts into both roles that itis easy to forget they are played by the same actor – a masterclass ofacting propelling the emotional centre of the film, and almostsinglehandedly making it merit viewing. Keri Russell is similarlyfantastic, channeling her trademark sweet, down to earth charm into herperformance as a reflective poet and teacher – her riversidephilosophical musings make for some of the most quietlythought-provoking and enjoyable cinematic asides of quite some time.Tim Blake Nelson himself manages several laughs and sturdy emotionalsupport as a stoic fellow marijuana grower, and Susan Sarandon offersraw and frequently hilarious emotional vulnerability as both Nortons'ex-hippie mother, forced to reflect on a life of questionable choices.Finally, in a tragically but necessarily brief role, Richard Dreyfussis hilarious as a respectable Tulsa philanthropist with several shadyties to the less respectable underbelly of the community, making hisfew scenes shine with shrewd hilarity.

    Wacky yet poignantly credible, Nelson's film hits its stride throughits melding of familiar content with unfamiliar approach, propelled bya careful, clever script and tremendously memorable characters. In anage filled with ambitious studio films making hefty grabs at easyemotion, it is a delight to witness cinema that manages somethingpowerful, profound and incredibly enjoyable without obvious, clichédemotional hooks of any sort, making Leaves of Grass without questionworth a watch.


  2. violetsky_ from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 3:25 am

    I had the pleasure of watching the world premiere of Leaves of Grass atthe Toronto International Film Festival and was not disappointed.Edward Norton plays identical twin brothers, Billy, an accomplisheduniversity professor and Brady a big time drug dealer in Tulsa. Thefilm wonderfully builds up to their first encounter after many years ofbeing estranged, bringing with it much hilarity. The acting was superb- I was thoroughly engrossed in Norton's portrayal of two seeminglydifferent characters. The supporting cast was strong and the director,Tim Blake Nelson had a major role in his own right. Billy and Brady'smother, played by Susan Sarandon brought a nuanced and understatedperformance. Subtle references to Norton's other films such as PrimalFear and Fight Club were a clever touch. Overall, the film had somegreat humour and lots of suspenseful moments. This movie is a must seefor any Ed Norton fan.

  3. mrBackes from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 3:25 am

    I never saw this one coming… Set in contemporary Oklahoma, "Leaves ofGrass" is a safe bet for finest film in Oklahoma history. Edward Nortondelivers an outstanding performance, guided by a superb screenplay fromdirector Tim Blake Nelson. Richard Dreyfuss and Keri Russell bolster astrong supporting cast. The script is noteworthy for its verisimilitudeon a wild range of subjects from Socrates to hydroponic marijuanaproduction. "Leaves of Grass" is a profoundly intelligent film madewith genuine philosophical insight and laser sharp wit. If you go intothis film expecting a stereotypical pot comedy, you're in for a shock.The pacing of the film is excellent, tightening the screws until you'reon the edge of your seat. In fact, it's spectacularly tough to write aspoiler-free review of "Leaves of Grass". Ultimately, Norton and Nelsondeliver a film that would make the Coen Brothers proud.

  4. Niklas Pivic from Stockholm, Sweden
    30 Mar 2012, 3:25 am

    I liked this film about two twin brothers, played by Edward Norton.They're very different: one grows pot in his Oklahoma home and theother wants to attain more and more academic prowess. The firstconcocts hare-brained get rich schemes while the other drinks tea withscholars and speaks – when he has to – about his "eccentric" family.That is, until their paths meet again.

    Bill Kincaid (scholar) suddenly gets word that his brother Brady hasdied, and hence he returns to Oklahoma for what comes next. He'smentally not prepared to meet the rest of his estranged family,including his mother, played by Susan Sarandon. And what about hisbrother, anyway? All in all, a nice film with a bunch of dark twists toit. It's one of the better I've seen where one person plays severalparts without it all becoming "Pink Panther" – kudos to Peter Sellers'brilliant acting included – and hence leaving the audience with thesense of showmanship, but it's also neatly directed by Tim BlakeNelson, who plays Brady's best friend and is probably most well-knownfor his part in "O Brother, Where Art Thou?".

  5. NighthawkMem from Tennessee
    30 Mar 2012, 3:25 am

    Tim Blake Nelson has done the nearly impossible in writing, directing,and acting in a sparkling movie of pot, poetry, philosophy, and thepower of place and love, Leaves of Grass. It is difficult enough to doone well, two perhaps, but rarely, all three hardly ever. A gem, dense,polished, glittering, and warm, it makes you want to look at adifferent facet time and again.

    From the opening scene to the close, we see worked out in thetransformation of young and admired Brown University ClassicsProfessor, Bill Kincaid (Norton), that regardless of any improvement wemay think we have made in our lives or our selves, we never reallyleave our childhood homes and family, for we carry it and them with us,and we should, as we try to somehow balance the past with the future,the rational and intellectual with the emotional and experiential,control with unbridled exuberance.

    While the script is one of ideas, the movie is realized by a greatcast, full of humanity and warmth and life. We learn, for example, fromBill's high tech state of the art hydroponic agrologist-gone-haywirepot growing identical twin brother, Brady (also Norton), therelationship between God and parallel lines. Brady, with a falsemessage of his own death, tricks brother Bill, who has eschewed andremains estranged from his family, into returning home to the smalltown of Idabel in southeast Oklahoma (closer to Hope and El Dorado thanTulsa) to help with Brady's scheme to negotiate a loan extension withthe state's drug kingpin from Tulsa, the otherwise respectable oilfieldequipment purveyor and Jewish philanthropist, Pug (delightfully andfiercelyplayed by Richard Dreyfuss). After being fetched at the airportby Bolger (Tim Blake Neslon), Brady's best friend, partner in crime,and all around Sancho Panza, Bolger takes Bill to the rival drug gang'sheadquarters, to test whether they will mistake Bill for Brady. Theydo, and Bill is pummeled to senselessness, only to wake up at Brady'shome, discovering that Brady is alive and wants him becoming aparticipant in a scheme for an alibi if the drug loan renegotiation, ashe thinks it will,turns bad.

    Bill is unwilling, at least until the persuasive Brady charms him intoa monster bong hit of the 7th generation Uber-potent bud beingcultivated by Brady and Bolger. As Bill the professor is "annihilated"in a puff of smoke, Bill the brother begins to become reborn,relearning from Brady what he has forgotten, a passion for life, in allof its quirky, messy, deadly serious, loving, and improbable guises. AsBrady's plan unfolds, Bill is bound ever closer in the scheme, and tothe family and place he thought he could do without in his quest forsuccess and control over his life. Charmed by local teacher and poet,Janet (played with equal parts innocent charm, brutally competentknife-wielding non-chalance, and subtlety by Kerri Russell), Billlearns from her the ancient art of noodling for monster catfish and isreminded by her recitations of, and commentary about, Whitman's freeverse, and her own, that not all that is beautiful and majestic followsclassical rules of form and expectation. And love, that terriblebeauty, is born. In reuniting with his mother, a pot-smoking ex-flowerchild fed up with the world, who has checked herself into a nursinghome so that she "can do as she pleases" (played by the ever beguilingand compelling Susan Sarandon), Bill learns of the patience, depth,frustration,and courage of love that lets go and trusts. And when Billseeks forgiveness and understanding for a terrible wrong by his brotherfrom Pug's rabbi (rivetingly played by Maggie Siff), he learns thatatonement is only approached, but perhaps never achieved, by the hardwork of righting what is wrong.

    Packed with so much to admire, Leaves of Grass does miss in a few spotsas the plot draws to a conclusion. But with the support of a great cast(including his wife and children in cameo roles), Tim Blake Nelsonbrings his message home, with strength and grace, a winner.

    Rarely have I ever wanted to watch a movie over again once I have seenit. Leaves of Grass will be one of those rare exceptions. There is justso much to enjoy, and where else will you get to hear such wittydialogue about Latin translations, with the sparklingly adoring studentMiss Greenstein (luminously and hilariously (any wonder?) played byLucy DeVito), profligately using the passive periphrastic and"alliterative adjectives thrusting themselves into the verbs," or aboutgrow-lamps: "sodium vapor, portalux HP 1000 watts. Incandescent has toomuch far red in the spectrum…. LED has gotten to be all the rage'cause it's cooler and saves on the power costs, but me, I'm a sodiumvapor man!" This is the kind of tech-talk humor Dan Aykroyd and HaroldRamis just wish they had written.

    And for Norton fans, if you haven't been one before Leaves of Grass,you will be. It is marvelous to see, rather than the brilliantportrayal of one man at war with himself and losing, or a brother atwar with his brother and his own wife, the brilliant portrayal of twobrothers winning by holding each half of themselves in the tighteningembrace of growing respect and affection for the other and becomingwhole.

    Leaves of Grass is just great American independent film making. Ittickles your funnybone and your brain. It's smart, quirky, poignant andfresh. In the end, Bill has learned he cannot overcome his fear of thefuture by studying its causes and vectors into submission, that oururgent task is to try, in whatever way we can, to repair our brokenselves and broken world, and that our best hope is to grab the hands ofthose we love, in the most vibrant way we can, and hang on.

    And let it rain

  6. andymcc_80 from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 3:25 am

    I really enjoyed this film and think that it will only get better withmultiple viewings. The story is not as some reviewers stated dull andboring(if you expect a typical stoner film maybe you would find it slow& unfunny) the film moves at a sedate pace but never feels like itdrags, the humour is often gentle or subtle. Ed Norton delivers astunning performance as the twin brothers, within minutes of watchingyou forget they're played by one person(this is helped by the fact thatthere are no scenes that look fake or CGI'd)

    The film uses philosophy quotes a lot to explain character motives orpersonalities and it could have seemed contrived but thedirector/writer has made it such an integral part of the film thatwithout the quotes and passages the film would be hollow and not havethe depth or be as touching and thought provoking as it is.

    If you get a chance to see this film, do so, you won't bedisappointed(but go into it with an open mind and don't expect slapstick fart gags)

  7. Paul Haakonsen from Denmark
    30 Mar 2012, 3:25 am

    I thought this was just another comedy, but decided to watch itregardless, as Edward Norton usually makes good movies. And this was noexception. This movie was really, really cool. It had a goodcombination of comedy, drama and action all blended into one mix. Andit worked out quite well.

    This is not just a movie about weeds and drugs, it is so much more thanthat. Sure the weeds are a core essential to the movie, but it is alsoabout family values, friendships, embracing your heritage, and comingto terms with your past.

    The cast was phenomenal, especially Edward Norton, who did a superb jobin both his roles. And the supporting cast was really good as well.Some famous names in the bunch, and everyone delivered goodperformances.

    "Leaves of Grass" never left me bored, as it was compelling from starttill end. You should watch this movie, because it is somewhat of a gemin a vast market of endless movies.

    Highly recommendable.

  8. jmr7123 from Colorado, United States
    30 Mar 2012, 3:25 am

    I grew up in Oklahoma and, like most of my friends, got out as soon asI could and never looked back. My brother, on the other hand, stilllives there. Tim Blake Nelson is originally from Tulsa, got out, butlike all of us who leave, still is, at heart, an Okie. This movie setsup the perfect device to explore what it means to leave and what itmeans to stay through the portrayal of twin brothers, equals inintelligence, one of whom ends up a Classics professor at BrownUniversity and one of whom ends up growing pot outside of Idabel (notTulsa, like other reviews say). Ed Norton's accent isn't perfect, butthe passion he brings to the contrasts and similarities of Blake andBrady is incredible.

    But Nelson is not content with this level of exploration. He also usesthe movie to explore the Apollonian/Dionysian dichotomy between Bill,who believes truth lies in knowledge and self-control, and Brady, whobelieves truth lies in experience and passion. Here the character ofJanet, excellently portrayed by Keri Russell, acts as the muse,bringing Walt Whitman into the act.

    This movie swings for the fences, and some of the plot devices are overthe top, but as a portrait of the choices so many Americans face, putin a broader humanistic framework, it is profoundly effective.

  9. Greg Magne (grmagne@yahoo.com) from Toronto, ON, Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 3:25 am

    Ed Norton is great as always, playing two diametrically opposite buthighly intelligent identical twins. One brother, Bill, is a professorof classical philosophy who has worked hard to eradicate his Oklahomaaccent and fit into the world of east coast academia. The other, Brady,stills lives in Oklahoma and makes good money selling high-grademarijuana with his red-neck buddies. Brady tricks Bill into returninghome for the first time in 2 decades so that Bill can be an alibi whileBrady commits a crime in another city. Although Bill is furious and istempted to fly back home immediately, he ends up staying a few extradays and visits his mother for the first time since childhood. He alsomeets Janet, played by Keri Russell, a beautiful, intelligent woman whocan recites poetry while gutting a catfish. It's an enjoyable moviewith quite a few surprise twists along the way.

    The strengths of the movie were excellent performances by Norton andRussell, and even director Tim Blake Nelson was great in the role ofBolger. This movie will probably do very well at the box office becauseof the big name cast plus some great dialogue and humour. I didn't lovethe ending though, because of too many coincidences and someimplausible scenes near the finish. Also, there was an exploration ofChristian-Jewish animosity which seemed like an awfully heavy theme to(briefly) deal with here in what is essentially a romantic-comedy. Ialmost gave this a 6, but the great acting is definitely worth at leastan extra point and I bumped it up to a 7 out of 10.

  10. napierslogs from Ontario, Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 3:25 am

    Edward Norton stars as Bill Kincaid a sensible ivy league philosophyprofessor who makes a trip home to Oklahoma, and Edward Norton stars asBrady Kincaid, twin brother, a rash hillbilly drug dealer who getshimself mixed up in bad drug deals and murders. "Leaves of Grass" is adark comedy, crime drama and ultimately character study.

    It starts out with a fair amount of comedy. Both brothers are prettyfunny in their own way. There are a number of pot jokes which even seemoriginal. The film slows down as it introduces us to all the differentcharacters. Too slow, in my opinion, as we are all anxious to see whatcrimes the brothers get themselves into. And then those crimes play outwith a lot of violence.

    The interesting thing about this film as that it really is just acharacter study at its heart. Norton and writer Tim Blake Nelson do agreat job with Bill as he examines who he is and what he really wantsout of life. I recommend "Leaves of Grass" to people who like the ideaof a philosophical character study played out as a violent, comedic,crime drama.

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