Rolling Kansas

  • 2002
  • Movie
  • R
  • Comedy

Stoner comedies are plentiful. Good stoner comedies are another matter entirely, and actor-turned-director Thomas Haden Church isn't up to the challenge. Dick Murphy (James Roday) and his infant brothers, Dink (Sam Huntington) and Dave (Jay Paulson), were lovingly reared by hippie parents during the heyday of the flower-power revolution. Only Dick is...read more

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Reviewed by Robert Pardi
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Stoner comedies are plentiful. Good stoner comedies are another matter entirely, and actor-turned-director Thomas Haden Church isn't up to the challenge.

Dick Murphy (James Roday) and his infant brothers, Dink (Sam Huntington) and Dave (Jay Paulson), were lovingly reared by hippie parents during the heyday of the flower-power revolution. Only Dick is old enough to remember the halcyon days, and while mom and dad eventually wound up in jail, the Murphy Boys grew up to be law-abiding citizens. Years later, they discover their parents’ map of the Kansas haven where they once participated in a government-approved pot study. Although the DEA has kept the project under wraps, Dave and Dink think they could find the forbidden spot, reap some weed and still drive back to Texas in time for their college finals. Facing a failed marriage and the bankruptcy of his T-shirt business, Dick agrees to join them. Accompanied by college buddies Hunter Bullette (Ryan McDow) and Kevin Haub (Charlie Finn), the Murphy boys fend off unfriendly farmers and car trouble. While driving in circles, the dope-hunters encounter Oldman (Rip Torn), who's been safeguarding this crop since he ran Uncle Sam’s hallucinogen program. Oldman waxes nostalgic about the days when the government tested dope for medicinal purposes and offers sage advice, except in the matter of slipping drugs past highway patrolmen. The pot-heads drive home empty handed and decide to cover their losses by manufacturing T-shirts embossed with directions to the reefer farm. Because Uncle Sam intends to keep the marijuana forest a secret, hard-nosed feds shut down Dick’s workshop – but their interference just might prove a blessing in disguise.

This puerile comedy suggests that the counterculture was made up entirely of hedonistic airheads, a description better suited to the film's target audience than its subjects.

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  • Released: 2002
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Stoner comedies are plentiful. Good stoner comedies are another matter entirely, and actor-turned-director Thomas Haden Church isn't up to the challenge. Dick Murphy (James Roday) and his infant brothers, Dink (Sam Huntington) and Dave (Jay Paulson), we… (more)

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