Everything's Gone Green

  • Review Date: July 30, 2007
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 95 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Slacker comedy mixes marijuana and satire.
  • Review Date: July 30, 2007
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 95 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Characters are mostly dishonest and engage in unethical and/or illegal activity (swindling, selling marijuana), but most suffer the consequences of such behavior; positive characterizations of other cultures; respect for animals; lead character learns life lesson.

Violence

One clumsy, short-lived scuffle between young men.

Sex

Post-sex scene with man and woman in bed; lengthy TV ad with actress in sexual poses is played for laughs.

Language

Numerous uses of "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," and other swear words.

Consumerism

Car manufacturers (BMW, Mustang), Pepsi signs, Seaward kayaks.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Growing and distributing marijuana is a major part of the story; some social drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that most kids probably won't be interested in this satire of consumerism and superficiality, though teens savvy about those issues may find it entertaining. Over the course of the film, the main character learns from his own mistakes, as well as others' folly. In the movie, get-rich-quick scheming is seen as a way of life, and characters grow and distribute marijuana. Meanwhile, greed, ignorance, and overdone sexuality are all ridiculed, and the filmmakers take a positive look at Asians integrating into Canadian society. In addition to the drug-centric subplot, there's a fair amount of swearing and some relatively tame sexual content.

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What's the story?

In EVERYTHING'S GONE GREEN, Ryan (Paulo Costanza) thinks he's hit bottom. His shallow girlfriend has dumped him, and he's lost his boring, inconsequential job. Even his parents have let him down. But after he's offered a writing job at a tacky lottery magazine and he meets the beautiful Wing (Steph Song), things begin to look up -- at least until Wing's hustler boyfriend, Bryce (JR Bourne), talks Ryan into taking part in a money-laundering scheme that (according to Bryce) isn't technically illegal, \"doesn't hurt anybody,\" and will make him rich. As Ryan examines the hidden agendas of people around him, experiences a few moments of \"the good life,\" and sees the foolishness of winning at all costs, he also falls in love with Wing, finds his own moral code, and discovers his humanity.

Is it any good?

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The irreverent comedy Everything's Gone Greenscores by taking a fresh look at greed, slacker values, and current cultural phenomena like the lottery, the "mom-and-pop" marijuana industry, and the ubiquitous movie-making taking place on almost every street corner in Vancouver. Strong performances, shrewd use of contemporary music, and a realistic approach to even the most absurd comic moments help the movie stand out. Ryan's journey is brightened by assorted oddball characters, some strikingly funny situations, and a lot of inevitable soul-searching.

One particularly nice aspect of Everything's Gone Green is that Vancouver, Canada -- which in recent years has so often been asked to stand in for U.S. cities -- gets to play itself for a change. The lovely, vibrant town actually becomes a character in this sensitive, likeable romantic comedy.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the movie uses humor to make a point about honesty and integrity. What makes something a satire? What messages does the movie send about the film industry? How about the marijuana business? How does Ryan change during the course of the film, and what does he learn? Is his transformation believable?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:April 20, 2007
DVD release date:July 31, 2007
Cast:JR Bourne, Paulo Costanzo, Steph Song
Director:Paul Fox
Studio:Radke Films
Genre:Comedy
Run time:95 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:some language, sexual material and drug content.

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