Run time: 83 mins
In Theaters: Friday 1st October 2010
Distributed by: Sierra Films
Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5
IMDB: 5.8 / 10
Director: Stuart Burkin
If only all of those movies didn't suck.
Cash Crop isn't much of an exception to that rule, though at least it's a film with a little heart. The film follows a sleepy farming community which is about to lose everything it owns due to crushing debt, and so turns to marijuana farming to make a little extra cash. The feds don't like that sort of thing, so the DEA swoops in -- er, well, Mary McCormack's DEA agent strolls into town, and working with the local sherriff (John Slattery), they visit a couple of farms, but only after giving everyone plenty of time to sell off their plants.
The ridiculous structure of the plot is married with the equally silly subplots, including pothead teens (Dawson's Creeker James Van Der Beek is one of them, in a teeny tiny role) and anti-pothead teens who clash. McCormack is never believable for one second as a DEA agent, and her character should be fired for incompetence, anyway.
Still, the pic is reasonably suspenseful and occasionally enjoyable, if for no other reason than getting to see The Beek sucking on a doobie. What would Grams say?