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DVD Review: Humboldt County

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New to DVD today is Humboldt County, an introspective character piece by novice writer/director duo, Darren Grodsky and Danny Jacobs (both also act in the film). The film follows disenchanted medical student, Peter (Jeremy Strong), as he spends a summer lost within the confines of a marijuana commune hidden deep in the backwoods of Northern California.

In the film's awkward, opening scene, we learn much about Peter even though he says very little--he's socially awkward, emotionally vacant and extremely hesitant with the direction his life is heading. Aside from being the life of the chess party, Peter is also a man with certain physical needs. It's the physical need that drives him to bed a mysterious woman named Bogart (Fairuza Balk), aptly named for her tendency to "bogart" joints.