For me, being an Aspiring-Writer someday, this movie has become One of the few of my “Personal measuring sticks for comparison” to hold towards Films I decide to watch in the future.
“Growing Op (2008)” is a great coming-of-age Dramatic Comedy, and definitely a “Must-See” for Film-buffs like myself. It is about a Teenage Boy Quinn (Yaffee), who is born and bred from a very Unconventional-Family who run a Marijuana Grow-Op. Home-schooled and Isolated from Society, Quinn decides to venture out and experience what it feels like to be “Normal.”
I thought this film has great substance (Provocative Topic for one thing). Followed a decent linear, story structure; funny “laugh-out-loud” scenes to a few memorable-dramatic ones throughout; and the Cast did an excellent job with their Characters. The Cinematography was very Bland and Ordinary, which fit the overall style and tone of the film perfectly, to me at least.
The end was very “Un-American and very Canadian” at the same-time, which was very amusing and entertaining for me!
What I really loved about this film, was that it made me question a few things about myself as a person. But, It really did re-affirm some of my personal beliefs as well, and made me feel “Proud” afterwards about being a “Mis-fit,” and that a person doesn’t really have to be a conformist to make their way in this world. You’ll find that even being “Normal” does have its flaws and seem odd, as you’ll figure out along with Quinn. This film does pretty well at exploring the Human Condition and Society as a whole in the back-drops of High School and sub-urban lifestyle.
Its quite a Rarity and Gem seeing a Decent Canadian Film. Sadly, the only thing I regret while watching this film was that I wasn’t able to enjoy it with a Joint! *wink*