Humboldt County
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An ambitious and straight-laced young man falls in with a group of stoners and aging hippies in this independent comedy drama. Peter Hadley (Jeremy Strong) is a medical student in his early twenties whose dreams of a residency at a prestigious teaching hospital are dashed when he flunks out of a class taught by his father (Peter Bogdanovich). Trying to blot out his awful day, Peter heads to a jazz club, where he ends up going home with Bogart (Fairuza Balk), the sexy singer with the band. The next day, Peter tags along with Bogart as she pays a visit to her family, and is soon stranded with… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

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"Be prepared: Humboldt County is a slow starter. But what appears to be the cliched uptight nerd liberated by flighty sprite tale evolves into something deeper, darker, more resonant."
‑ Maureen M. Hart, Chicago Tribune
"So much pot is smoked in the agreeable drama Humboldt County that you may come away from it with a contact high."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"the whole thing feels wrong and cheeky"
‑ Jay Antani,
"The movie's neither funny enough nor filled with enough dramatic tension to keep us invested in Peter's halting journey of self-discovery."
‑ Ethan Alter, Giant Magazine
"For an idea of how Humboldt County plays, imagine a Lifetime original movie about a loveable but pathetic couple who passed their druggy lifestyle on to the next generation."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"An amiably paced, character-driven comedy-drama about a disenchanted student who finds himself among the unreconstructed hippies and second-generation fringe dwellers who farm marijuana in the Lost Coast region of Northern California."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"Though the movie achieves that New Hollywood contact high only in fits and starts, this familial drama still leaves a pleasant buzz."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"It becomes an endearing journey, even with the shock of Bogart's sudden departure from the scene and the movie's change of pace."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"Dud drama about a med-school failure from L.A. who finds himself amidst pot-growing hippies in a remote corner of the eponymous "Lost Coast" county."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"The indie folk on the soundtrack teeter the film perilously close to another emo Gen-X flick about discovering who you really are, man, yet its quiet assurance hoists it to the top of genre."
‑ Amy Nicholson, Boxoffice Magazine
"Possibly it might be of some interest with the right amount of buzz, but then so is a passing cloud."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Humboldt County has an impressive cast and captures some of that era's fuzzy rebelliousness and humanism, but taken on its own the picture is finally thin stuff."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"The characters are so well defined, the acting so top-notch and the cinematography so stunning, I was able to forgive what I saw as script issues."
‑ Don R. Lewis, Film Threat
"Humboldt County's doleful charm -- verdant, lovely, ominous, final -- leaves little room for idealistic dreams or even the promise of romantic redemption."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"While the concept of the movie is tuned into all those warm, important questions of purpose, the execution lacks gravity, making the picture one long, slow spiral into melodramatic hogwash."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
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