Leaves of Grass

Leaves of Grass

Streaming Video - 2009
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Tim Blake Nelson's Leaves of Grass is a comic thriller seen through the dual perspectives of identical twins Bill and Brady Kincaid (both played by two-time Academy Award? nominee Edward Norton). Bill, a classical philosophy professor at Brown University, returns home upon news of his brother Brady's murder in a drug deal gone awry. Bill quickly learns that Brady's death has been grossly exaggerated, as he's swept up into one of his brother's crazy schemes. Alongside his eccentric mother (Susan Sarandon) and a beautiful woman named Janet (Keri Russell), Bill participates in his brother's wild plan, leading him on a twisted path filled with unique characters and life's most challenging questions. Also starring Richard Dreyfuss and writer-director Nelson, Leaves of Grass merges crime drama, drug comedy and classical philosophy, as it attempts to answer one of the oldest questions in the world: What does it truly mean to be happy?

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erinsnest
Apr 12, 2017

April 12 2017......Not sure why I put this on my for later shelf, thought it looked dumb, but ordered it to give it a try. Well I really enjoyed it, Edward Norton was superb, and the story was much deeper than I thought. Looks like they had a lot of fun making this one as well.

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Nooksack20
Jun 28, 2016

This one is for the brain dead and confused. I thought it stunk.

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firefly5
Jun 16, 2015

Boring & stupid!

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vcc
Jul 23, 2014

I love Ed Norton and Keri Russell's acting but this story was just plain stupid. I'm sure it's something that they want to forget.

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MadisonParkMilo
Feb 01, 2014

Anybody that appreciates the incredible roles Ed Norton consistently undertakes, need to see this one as well.

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jimg2000
Dec 26, 2013

Nice original story ... linked to Walt Whitman's book of poetry --- see quotes. Time to read up. (The book that gave Hank the clue on Heisenberg's identity in breaking bad)

kitten55 Oct 27, 2012

Tina R. Cooper says: "Funny, what identical twins can accomplish in one (short) life-time). Very well done!

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gb2k
Aug 05, 2012

4 STARS but gave it five to raise it's ratings.
A convoluted tale of two identically twin brothers, both played wondrously by Ed Norton. (Ed's performances are tour de force and terrifically entertaining)
One twin brother is an OKie drugged-out pot grower, the other brother is an acclaimed intellectual philosophy professor.
Filled with classical philosophy, poetry, violence & love. Great cameo performances by Richard Dreyfus, et al.
Very worth watching.
Enjoy.

aaa5756 Sep 12, 2011

so so dvd i give it a C+

voisjoe1 Sep 11, 2011

One of those movies where an actor gets to play two characters with opposite mannerisms and philosophies.

Superb acting to carry this off.

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jimg2000
Dec 26, 2013

Janet recited Walt Whitman's poem to Bill: Hold it up sternly—see this it sends back, (who is it? is it you?)
Outside fair costume, within ashes and filth,
No more a flashing eye, no more a sonorous voice or springy step,
Now some slave's eye, voice, hands, step,
A drunkard's breath, unwholesome eater's face, venerealee's flesh,
Lungs rotting away piecemeal, stomach sour and cankerous,
Joints rheumatic, bowels clogged with abomination,
Blood circulating dark and poisonous streams,
Words babble, hearing and touch callous,
No brain, no heart left, no magnetism of sex;
Such from one look in this looking-glass ere you go hence,
Such a result so soon—and from such a beginning!

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jimg2000
Dec 26, 2013

Janet recited: O I could sing such grandeurs and glories about you!
You have not known what you are, you have slumber'd upon yourself
all your life,
Your eyelids have been the same as closed most of the time,
What you have done returns already in mockeries,
(Your thrift, knowledge, prayers, if they do not return in
mockeries, what is their return?)

The mockeries are not you,
Underneath them and within them I see you lurk.

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bdls206
May 11, 2011

Bolger: Do you believe in a higher power?
Brady Kincaid: Yea, I do. I do. It's the only way to make sense of all this. Otherwise, it's just pure fucking chaos.
Bolger: Like where we is created by him and he judges what we do?
Brady Kincaid: Well, I think it's more like... like parallel lines.
Bolger: Parallel lines?
Brady Kincaid: You know, like two lines go on and on forever and don't ever touch?
Bolger: Yea.
Brady Kincaid: 'Cept, they don't actually exist in nature. And man can't create true parallel. It's just more of a concept... Well that concept, that perfection, we know it exists and we think about it, but we can't ever get there ourselves. I think that right there is God.

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bdls206
May 11, 2011

Rabbi Zimmerman: We are animals, Professor Kincaid... with brains that trick us into thinking we aren't.

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bdls206
May 11, 2011

Daisy Kincaid: What's your aversion to proper grammar?
Brady Kincaid: Rhythm maybe.

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bdls206
May 11, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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bdls206
May 11, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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bdls206
May 11, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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bdls206
May 11, 2011

An Ivy League professor is lured back to his Oklahoma hometown, where his twin brother, a small-time pot grower, has concocted a scheme to take down a local drug lord.

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