Square Grouper: The Godfathers of Ganja
Square Grouper: The Godfathers of Ganja (2011)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 15, 2011
DVD Release Date: April 19, 2011
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Andrew O'Hehir

A hilarious, tragic tale of Florida ganja.

Rachel Saltz
New York Times

A curiously inert documentary about pot smuggling in South Florida in the 1970s and '80s.

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Sarah Boslaugh

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 ...

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Corben has done an impressive amount of journalistic research that will be of particular interest to South Florida audiences.

Mark Holcomb
Village Voice

Square Grouper's admirably backhanded inquiry into the social and economic costs of weed criminalization extends far beyond the wake-and-bake crowd.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

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.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

You could get a contact high just watching it.

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Joe Leydon

Think of it as the cinematic equivalent of a buzz-kill.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
"The Incredible True Story of 1970's Pot Smuggler Culture" Billy Corben took the formula from his previous film Cocaine Cowboys, and placed it… More
Wu Chouin
I was hoping to see more pot. Not as great as 'Cocaine Cowboys' was.