Hey, remember “Leaves Of Grass,” the comedy about a pot dealer and his philosophy professor twin brother both played by Edward Norton? We’ll forgive you if you forgot because sadly, this well received, somewhat challenging film that we called “complex….unexpectedly violent, then funny and then totally tragic” (read our review here) seems to have been all but buried by the film’s distributor, First Look Pictures.
The film starring Norton (x2), Keri Russell, Richard Dreyfuss, Melanie Lynskey, Susan Sarandon and Tim Blake Nelson (who also wrote and directed the film) was originally slated for a release on April 2nd and then….nothing really happened. Well, it now looks like the film is going to quietly hit DVD as the studio’s own website lists an October 12, 2010 release date with Amazon ready for pre-orders.
It’s a total bummer the film isn’t getting a theatrical run as it really does deserve better. This only continues Norton’s string of bad luck after getting booted by Marvel as The Hulk in “The Avengers” and with his next film to hit theaters being the awful looking thriller “Stone” with Robert De Niro and Milla Jovovich. Here’s hoping 2011 is a bit better for the actor. Full synopsis for the film after the jump:
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?