Square Grouper: The Godfathers of Ganja
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Square Grouper: The Godfathers of Ganja
In 1979, the U.S. Customs Service reported that 87% of all marijuana seizures in the U.S. were made in the South Florida area. Due to the region's 5,000 miles of coast and coastal waterways and close proximity to the Caribbean and Latin America, South Florida was a pot smuggler's paradise. In sharp contrast to the brazenly violent cocaine cowboys of the 1980s, Miami's marijuana smugglers were cooler, calmer, and for the most part, nonviolent. Square Grouper paints a vivid portrait of Miami's pot smuggling culture in the 1970s and 1980s through three of the city's most… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A hilarious, tragic tale of Florida ganja."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"A curiously inert documentary about pot smuggling in South Florida in the 1970s and '80s."
‑ Rachel Saltz, New York Times
"The director's touch is evident in the way he chose just the right backgrounds and costumes for each character; the DEA agents wear blue suits in a bland outdoor setting while Platshorn wears a Hawaiian shirt ..."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, PopMatters
"Lacks the contact high hallucinatory thrust of say, Limitless. But gets the grim war on ganja right, related to McCarthyism, the CIA Bay Of Pigs invasion of Cuba, hash brownies and autism, the Bank of Scotland, and FBI agents who wear identical shades."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Radio
"Corben has done an impressive amount of journalistic research that will be of particular interest to South Florida audiences."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Square Grouper's admirably backhanded inquiry into the social and economic costs of weed criminalization extends far beyond the wake-and-bake crowd."
‑ Mark Holcomb, Village Voice
"A documentary about ordinary-looking people who made a lot of money selling marijuana who then spent a lot of years in prison for selling a product people wanted to buy for a price they were willing to pay for it."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Billy Corben's doc boasts little intoxicating energy or compelling drama."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"You could get a contact high just watching it."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Think of it as the cinematic equivalent of a buzz-kill."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"The title refers to bales of pot that anyone could pick up for free after the smugglers toss it from a boat or plane when pursued by the law."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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