The trailer for Tim Blake’s Leaves of Grass, otherwise known as the movie where Edward Norton plays a pair of twins, reminds us a bit of My Name Is Earl. That might be because of the heavy-handed use of Southern accents — though the film is set in Oklahoma. Then there’s the fact that it just looks really odd.
Keri Russell, Richard Dreyfuss, and Susan Surandon also star in this comedy, which tells the story of an Ivy League professor (Norton) who returns to his hometown after he learns that his redneck pot-growing brother (also Norton) is dead. But his twin isn’t dead, he’s just in big trouble with the local drug lord (Dreyfuss).
While it’s hard to get a good read on the tone of the film from this trailer (although, “And she guzzled your custard, didn’t she?” might win for the crassest piece of dialogue we’ve heard since Bruno), there’s something here that reminds us of a Coen Brothers movie, which is always a good thing.
To wit, according to The Playlist, who screened it at Toronto, “Superficially, Leaves Of Grass, looks like just a fun, simple stoner comedy, however, it is anything but and far more ambitious and complex. Incredibly well written, the picture is sort of four pictures rolled into one with elements of comedy, crime drama, and much-more violent than you’d expect thriller.”
Watch the trailer below and let us know what you think.
On a related side note: Nelson played Dr. Samuel Sterns in The Incredible Hulk — Norton’s arch nemesis as Bruce Banner.
Leaves of Grass hits theaters on December 25th.