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A briskly paced hybrid of Boogie Nights and Goodfellas, Blow chronicles the three-decade rise and fall of George Jung (Johnny Depp), a normal American kid who makes a personal vow against poverty, builds a marijuana empire in the '60s, multiplies his fortune with the Colombian Medellín cocaine cartel, and blows it all with a series of police busts culminating in one final, long-term jail sentence. "Your dad's a loser," says this absentee father to his estranged but beloved daughter, and he's right: Blow is the story of a nice guy who made wrong choices all his life, almost single-handedly created the American cocaine trade, and got exactly what he deserved. As directed by Ted Demme, the film is vibrantly entertaining, painstakingly authentic... and utterly aimless in terms of overall purpose.

We can't sympathize with Jung's meteoric rise to wealth and the wild life, and Demme isn't suggesting that we should idolize a drug dealer. So what, exactly, is the point of Blow? Simply, it seems, to present Jung's story as the epitome of the coke-driven glory days, and to suggest, ever so subtly, that Jung isn't such a bad guy, after all. Anyone curious about his lifestyle will find this film amazing, and there's plenty of humor mixed with the constant threat of violence and paranoid anxiety. Demme has also populated the film with a fantastic supporting cast (although Penélope Cruz grows tiresome as Jung's hedonistic wife), and this is certainly a compelling look at the other side of Traffic. Still, one wishes that Blow had a more viable reason for being; like a wild party, it leaves you with a hangover and a vague feeling of regret. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Documentary: Lost Paradise: Cocaine's Impact on Columbia
  • Documentary: Addiction: Body and Soul
  • George Jung interviews
  • Fact and Trivia Subtitle Track
  • Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary By Director Ted Demme
  • Production Diary
  • Character Outtakes
  • Nikka Costa Music Video "Push and Pull"
  • DVD ROM: Script-to-Screen, Website Link

Cast

Johnny DeppGeorge Jung
Penelope CruzMirtha Jung
Franka PotenteBarbara Buckley
Rachel GriffithsErmine Jung
Paul ReubensDerek Foreal
Jordi MollaDiego Delgado
Cliff CurtisPablo Escobar
Miguel SandovalAugusto Oliveras
Ethan SupleeTuna
Ray LiottaFred Jung
Kevin GageLeon Minghella
Max PerlichKevin Dulli
Jesse JamesYoung George
Miguel PérezAlessandro
Bobcat GoldthwaitMr. T
Emma RobertsYoung Kristina Jung
Jaime KingKristina Jung

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Ted Demme
  • Producer: New Line
  • Length: 124 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaApr 6, 2001
    EuropeMay 25, 2001
    JapanSep 15, 2001
    AustraliaAug 23, 2001
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaMA
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaSep 23, 2008
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 10, 2004
    EuropeNov 19, 2001
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