Bongwater Film Details
Overview: An indolent artist in Portland, Oregon becomes addicted to marijuana, prompting his girlfriend to flee to New York City with a heroin addict.
Tagline: When everything in life goes to pot.
Review: I had very low expectations when I rented this, but I was pleasantly surprised and amused. So many of the characters in it were heightened versions of people I’ve known, hence I do wonder if it portrays an older generation of “stoner.” It also portrays regional scenes from NYC and the NW that may not appeal to people elsewhere; others probably won’t see the humor in the film. Although it’s a comedy, it doesn’t present side-splitting jokes with setups; the comedy is in the life the people are leading and the turmoil that follows in their wake. The plot is haphazard if not absurd, which almost demands the ridiculous ending and opening scenes and provided me with a relief from typical formulaic stories. The plot doesn’t drive the story, and you sort of just wander into each scene following the impulsive whims of the character featured in it. I thought that the vacillating chemistry between Witt and Wilson really worked for the film; their lack of direction in life is totally reflected in their attraction, jealousy, and ambivalence towards each other, and their subsequent attempts to use each other to fill that void. Alicia Witt’s character is much richer than, say, “Two Weeks Notice,” and almost as bizarre as her role in Twin Peaks. She’s totally unpredictable and never does what you’d expect someone in her position to do. Cases in point: the scenes when they leave the NY party, and the scenes where we first meet her and then, unbelievably find her flirting with Wilson. Amy Locane, on the other hand, doesn’t have a role that gives her much depth to work with. Brittany Murphy and Luke Wilson have an oppositional chemistry that really let their talents play off each other. Hard to believe Jack Black is the same guy who later starred in King Kong! His is a small part in the film, but unforgettable, and the interlude with him really captures the spirit of the NW wilderness hippies I’ve met.
Country: United States
Duration: 97 min
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Also known as: Bongwater,Bong Water,В наркотических волнах