Monday, December 6, 2010

American Cowslip

Release Date: September 7th, 2010

Genre: Comedy / Drama

Stars: Ronnie Gene Blevins, Diane Ladd, Rip Torn, Val Kilmer

Synopsis: An agoraphobic heroin addict shares a subdivision with quirky neighbors and enters a gardening competition in an attempt to avoid eviction.

AltAss Ratings (On a scale of 1 to 5 asses)


Lent itself, for the most part, to the comedy that this film was attempting to achieve.


What absolutely killed this movie for me was that I found absolutely nothing to like about the main character.  He is a junkie that never showers or changes clothes and he won't even leave his own yard to score when he is suffering from withdrawal.  For me there is not one thing charming about the character and yet most of his neighbors adore him and value his company which was just not believable.


Rip Torn and Val Kilmer were the primary source of humor and they delivered very well for the most part.  The rest of the cast was very professional and I can't think of many instances where acting was to blame for ruining a scene.


Usually stinky junkies are depicted in the alleyways of the inner city and not in the suburbs with a beautiful garden growing in front of their house.


Maybe this movie had a deeply important message to relay that I missed because the protagonist was distractingly repulsive.  If the movie had centered on Val Kilmer as the Bible believing church goer / Sheriff it may have been a riotous comedy start to finish but that is not the case and laughs are minimal.  Most people should avoid this like the plague.

The Laugh Factor

Belly Laughs: 0

Chuckles: 4-6

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