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Tim Blake Nelson
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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?
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 37
- Fresh: 22
- Rotten: 15
- Average Rating: 5.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Mr. Norton is a pleasure to watch, and so is everyone else.
Fresh: The movie bubbles with intellectual curiosity and narrative ambition. And for that I dig it, even if Leaves of Grass has the habit of swerving and sometimes lurching from tone to tone.
Rotten: One Edward Norton performance is often enough reason to see a movie, so it comes as no surprise that the prospect of two -- he plays twins -- is very much the main attraction, and reward, of Leaves of Grass.
Rotten: An identical twins comic crime drama goes seriously wrong.
Reminiscent of Cohen Brothers Films
Leaves of Grass possesses the ironic twist and dry humor of an early Cohen brothers film. Tim Blake Nelson's script somehow manages to strike a balance between that which is thoughtful, funny, and irreverent. And Edward Norton's performance as the Kincaid twins is fantastic, and ultimately defines the movie. It is his ability to deliver on the material that makes this one a gem. I think there is something here for the intellectual, the pseudo-intellectual, and the stoner alike. I would note though-as the trailer is slightly misleading- that marijuana plays a periphery role in the film, it's by and large NOT a traditional drug comedy. Enjoy.
The people who gave this movie a bad rating did not understand the movie. It was awesome, Norton is so cool. I love the references they give about his other movies primal fear and fight club. Great movie well worth it
I really liked this movie
I didn't really know what to expect. I almost didn't watch this movie because I thought it should be more comedic (given the identical twin and pot themes) than the trailer made it appear. However, I am a huge fan of Edward Norton. I like the other cast members as well, so I gave it a shot. It is funny... and dark... and touching. Eddie did not disappoint. He is really a great actor. I would have given this movie 5 stars, but I went in with lower expectations, so I had to adjust for that. I would highly recommend it. Just keep in mind the the humorous side of it is not at all slapstick, but more high-minded, thoughtful, and subtle. If you are interested in seeing it, it's worth judging for yourself. Oh yeah, my hubbie liked it a lot too.