7 Eleven movie review: Leaves of Grass

by Eric Nuzum May 24, 2011 at 12:29 pm 20 Comments

7 Eleven movies

Have you ever looked at the cheap movies for sale at 7 Eleven and wondered “Who buys these?” and “What are all these movies?” Well, wonder no more. As a public service, your Lord of Petworth bought a few (on impulse) and brings you this review.

About 20 minutes into watching Leaves of Grass (the madcap pot comedy starring multiple Oscar-nominee Edward Norton), my dog, who had been sitting on the couch next to me the entire time, farted, then got up and walked out of the room.

If you are in a hurry, you can probably just accept my dog’s review of the movie and leave it there.

Leaves of Grass (with the tag line “Drugs, Murder, and Brotherly Love”) is a tale of crazy hi-jinx when a pair of identical brothers (both played by Norton–one an Ivy League Classics professor, the other a small-town pot grower) try to outwit the local drug kingpin who wants the pot growing brother to switch to–gasp–producing meth instead. In what should have been his emergence as the Patty Duke of our era, Norton’s entire double presence in this movie (along with fellow otherwise-credible castmates Susan Sarandon, Tim Blake Nelson, and Richard Dreyfuss–oh, scratch that, I just remembered Mr Holland’s Opus) leads one to question if he was too high to realize the cameras were actually on and it was time to start acting.

In case you’d never picked up on this, people who smoke marijuana tend to get very bloodshot eyes, react slowly, and become hungry and slightly introspective. This seems to be the base of all the film’s attempts at humor. Oh, except for the digs at Oklahoma.

The movie is supposed to take place in Oklahoma. I think it is kinda obvious that the writers, filmmakers, and actors have never actually been to Oklahoma, or even know anyone from Oklahoma, or perhaps they were all too stoned–as they depict small town Oklahoma as being more like a pot-fueled version of Deliverance. In their world, it seems every resident of Oklahoma has a mullet, bad teeth, and considerable beard stubble (even the ladies).

The most offensive element of this tragically unfunny movie is that they periodically try to take themselves seriously. The professor and his love interest (Keri Russell) have these deep conversations about poetry, following your dreams, and truth–and they aren’t even high when having them! They even try to fold in the movie’s namesake work of Whitman by quoting him as they gut a 40-pound catfish (seriously).

Now, when the good folks making American Pie Presents The Naked Mile were making their film–they knew what was expected of them: drinking and boob jokes. They stuck to the formula, don’t pretend to be more, and you can’t fault them for it. They didn’t try to sneak some Nietzsche in there in-between the diarrhea jokes.

But when the makers of Leaves of Grass were trying to “sing the body electric,” they forgot to make the rest of the movie funny.

Oh, and how did they deal with the drug kingpin? They kill him. (Oops, spoiler alert!!)

Verdict: pass it up, get a Slurpee and Taquito instead.

  • MichelleRD

    did you really pay $9.99, Lord?

    • Of course I did. Popville is worth $9.99–plus tax!

  • Ross

    Eric, you have CLEARLY never been to small town Oklahoma. I’ll give you one thing — you should not have paid 9.99. I disagree with the rest.

    Tim Blake Nelson (writer and producer) is a Tulsa native, FYI.

    • Ross

      Also, funny story. Watched this movie last week on netlix. I’m from small town Oklahoma. Like REAL small. Called my momma to tell her about the movie and she kept saying “wait, so who is the drug dealer.” She couldn’t get over the fact that it was a movie. This is just what life is like here.

    • PG

      You can stream it on Netflix. I’ve been meaning to watch it ever since my brother told me about it. And I should tell my father about it since he’s from a small town in Oklahoma.

    • GeorgiaNative

      We tried to watch this the other night. His ‘southern accent’ was unbearable. Small town tomfoolery aside, I’ve been to Oklahoma and don’t remember anyone sounding like that.

  • Dig It

    I actually love the 7-11 Movie Review as a permanent series on PoP/LoP! Dig it!

  • WDC

    Hoping for daily 7-11 movie reviews until PoP returns, followed by a weekly feature.

  • Clearly I gave Oklahoma the benefit of the doubt–and shouldn’t have.

    I think it took all my energy to resist making references to the musical “Oklahoma.”

  • aNon

    So, when your dog sniffs another dog’s butt, would you recommend also sniffing that dog’s butt?

    • Of course. If it is good enough for MY dog…

  • NE Groover

    I miss ARO!!!

  • katesmash

    Aw, poor Edward Norton. What year was this movie made?

    • L’Etalon énormes


  • anon

    Has anyone ever seen Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” for sale there? It seems like the kind of thing you’d pick up along with your cheese dog, six pack of Miller and condoms.

  • MtP

    Is that movie on the left side of 500 Days of Summer called Blackberry?

  • anon

    It was Oprah who first taught me the line, “The darker the berry, the sweeter the juice.”

  • Anonymous

    i prefer coming here for dc related posts.

  • Justine

    I never go into a 7 Eleven. I forget these places are still around. I found ‘Hotel New Hampshire’ with Rob Lowe and Jody Foster at the Walmart in Arundel Mills.

  • NotHere

    Like the idea of the review.. but would recommend to choose Netflix Instant Play instead.. plenty of crappy movies there to view. And that way, if we are curious to watch it, it is convenient


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