Bongwater

Bongwater

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Director: Richard Sears

Cast: Luke Wilson, Alicia Witt, Amy Locane

     
 

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Oregon pot dealer David (Luke Wilson) is perfectly happy with his uninspired artwork and sonambulstic slacker life. Along wih his layabout gay friends -- Tony (Andy Dick) and Robert (Jeremy Sisto) -- David seems to have no worries as long as the marijuana crop keeps coming in. But a social hitchhiker named Serena (Alicia Witt) finds her way into David's life and a…  See more details below

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Oregon pot dealer David (Luke Wilson) is perfectly happy with his uninspired artwork and sonambulstic slacker life. Along wih his layabout gay friends -- Tony (Andy Dick) and Robert (Jeremy Sisto) -- David seems to have no worries as long as the marijuana crop keeps coming in. But a social hitchhiker named Serena (Alicia Witt) finds her way into David's life and a relationship staggers to full blossom. As David gets more serious about his art, thanks to Serena's encouragement, Serena leaves to try out the rock 'n' roll life of New York City. David numbs his feelings for Serena with meaningless sex with her friend Mary (Brittany Murphy) and a wild mushroom-induced adventure in the woods with Jennifer (Amy Locane) and a zany drug guru Devlin (Jack Black). Meanwhile, Serena gets a brutal wakeup call about life in the big city and returns home to David. But is that the best thing for both of them?

Editorial Reviews

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Based on the cult novel by Michael Hornburg, this 1998 ensemble independent movie boasts clever dialogue, excellent production design, and stoner characters who are frighteningly realistic. There are plenty of laughs throughout the film -- Jack Black's sequence in the woods during a psilocybin high is worth the price of a rental -- but those who will "get" the movie best will be those who are familiar with, and forgiving of, a post-college drug culture devoted to the pursuit, purchase, sale, and consumption of marijuana, which is shown in all its slacker glory with few negative consequences. Luke Wilson, whose laid-back demeanor and two-seconds-too-slow delivery are perfect here, and Alicia Witt, who gets better with each role, are an engaging onscreen couple who lock together with easy honesty. But it's the gay couple, well-played by Andy Dick and Jeremy Sisto, that gets all the good lines. Social conservatives offended by even the title may want to reconsider their choice of film, but anyone who has ever spilled the titular element will enjoy a contact high.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/31/2001
UPC:
0014381032321
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:36:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Luke Wilson David
Alicia Witt Serena
Amy Locane Jennifer
Brittany Murphy Mary
Jack Black Devlin
Andy Dick Tony
Jeremy Sisto Robert
Jamie Kennedy Tommy
Scott Caan Bobby
Patricia Wettig Mom

Technical Credits
Richard Sears Director
Laura Bickford Producer
John Brasher Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Crudo Cinematographer
Billy Gottlieb Musical Direction/Supervision
Mat Lundberg Co-producer
Nora Maccoby Screenwriter
Josh Mancell Score Composer
Mark Mothersbaugh Score Composer
John Papsidera Casting
Gideon Ponte Production Designer
Kathryn Riccio Co-producer
Nancy Steiner Costumes/Costume Designer
Alessandro F. Uzielli Producer
Eric Weiss Screenwriter
Lauren Zuckerman Editor

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Index
1. Main Title; 3 Weeks Ago [13:31]
2. Serena's Discovery [7:38]
3. Artistic Exhibitions [6:41]
4. Up In Smoke [10:29]
5. New York,New York [10:54]
6. Jennifer to the Rescue [6:39]
7. Camp Devlin [6:04]
8. A Trip with Mom [3:49]
9. Serena's Surprise [10:38]
10. David Scores [6:54]
11. A Close (Re-)Encounter [9:03]
12. End Credits [4:01]

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Bongwater 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was hoping this film would be better, as the novel it is based on creates a story and world you don't want to have end. The novel has moments of brilliance, and moments when it fails, and I thought someone creating a film would take the opportunity to expand on the brilliance rather than the mediocre. Unfortunately that is not the case here. While there are glimmers of potential, most of the compelling elements of the novel either don't work as presented in this movie or are absent. The character of Mary in the book was endearing, here in the film she is annoying. Why change Courtney's name to Serena? And what's up with the UFO? There's no UFO in the novel, and it falls entirely flat here, especially when it is shown and is so fake looking. Sometimes the filmmaking seems lazy, as if a scene is just a bare skeleton, not fleshed out. I'm disappointed. This film could have been so much more.
Apollo_Faint-Of-Hearts More than 1 year ago
Prior to five minutes ago when I read the other review, I had no idea that this was based off of a novel. So this review will be strictly how I felt about the film, as opposed to his/her comparison to said novel. I am a huge fan of Jack Black and Luke Wilson, and I am fond of a lot of work done by Brittany Murphy, Jamie Kennedy, and Andy Dick, but this movie was pathetic. I'd be lying if I said the title didn't catch my eye, and the cast is what really hit home with me causing me to watch the film. Where to start... I feel as though the movie had a very weak plot, assuming there was one. The director found a way to take a handful of great actors and bring out the amateur within. I guess I cannot blame Jack Black for this catastrophe. He played the druggie/goof ball he plays in everything, and he played it to perfection. There are also a few surprises for any Tenacious D fans (considering this was filmed in 1997). I recommend the middle parts that feature Delvin (played by Black), but other than that, I wouldn't even recommend picking this up at your local video store for consideration. 1/5.

By the way, anything I 'also recommend' below isn't necessarily horrible, but a better version of this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago