Pretty much everything about Leaves of Grass
is at least a bit clever. Granted, it’s a pot movie. But it’s not about pot so much as the messes we all make of our lives, how we figure a way out and whether or not we wind up being a good person after it all transpires.
Tim Blake Nelson, who pretty much everyone should be acquainted with as a result of his performance in the Coen Brothers’ O Brother, Where Art Thou?, wrote and directed this feature. And oddly enough, Blake-Nelson’s background, to a certain degree, mirrors that of the Coens. Each was brought up in a place – Minnesota and Oklahoma, respectively – that Jews aren’t really associated with. And both the Coens and Blake Nelson insert a bit of that into their films.