Daltry Calhoun 

Directed by Katrina Holden Bronson

“Get high on grass — the legal kind!” shouts Daltry Calhoun in Miramax’s latest last-minute backlog expulsion. This serio-comic debut from Katrina Holden Bronson gets some things so right — its bittersweet tone; catchy soundtrack; funny performances from Sophie Traub and Juliette Lewis — that the many things it gets wrong stick sorely in the craw. Calhoun, played by the charismatic but Hazzard-ously amateurish Johnny Knoxville, is a rags-to-riches sod and grass-seed mogul. After learning his business is teetering toward bankruptcy, he’s further surprised when his fatally ill ex-girlfriend tracks him down and drops their 14-year-old Julliard-bound daughter, June, with him on his boundless estate in Ducktown, USA. Bronson’s hodge-podge editing almost overwhelms this cute farewell to childhood, and she gives her meandering character relations neither the time nor the right scenes to develop. Her kitschy pop culture references also suggest that she’s a little too much in thrall of executive producer, Quentin Tarantino. But Calhoun’s sweetness ultimately renders it an enjoyable, fizzy little ditty, even if Bronson and her editors appear to have been high on grass — the illegal kind.
Opens September 23

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