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Grass (1999)

Cast: Woody Harrelson, Woody Harrelson
Director: Ron Mann, Ron Mann
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Studio: Homevision
Genre: Documentary, Political & Social Issues
Running Time: 80 min.
Languages: English
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Woody Harrelson narrates this documentary about the history of marijuana in 20th century America. Beginning with clips from educational films and exploitation pictures that show how marijuana can lead to crime, insanity, and harder drugs, Grass also documents the exploits of Harry Anslinger, who became America's first drug czar and waged a lifelong war against marijuana use in the United States. As the repressive environment of the 1930s and 1940s gave way to the beat era of the 1950s and the hippie uprisings of the 1960s, attitudes towards marijuana became more lenient, and several states relaxed their laws regarding the drug; but the election of Ronald Reagan, and his wife Nancy's famous "Just Say No" campaign, put many pro-pot activists back in the starting blocks. Director Ron Mann takes a decidedly pro-marijuana position in this film, though he does so with more humor than militance (the end credits note "No hippies were harmed in the making of this film"). ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

it hurts to watch by scarabin June 12, 2004 - 11:26 AM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
this film contains a lot of good information about the history of marijuana in america, but it's very slow and damn is it ugly. the graphics and cheesy effects in this are a chore to watch.

and i was stoned, even.

it's getting by with my "4" rating only because it contained information which i didn't know already.

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(Average 6.90)
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