It seems oddly appropriate that the trailer for Tim Blake Nelson’s currently unsold comedy Leaves of Grass would drop a day before the release of Fight Club on Blu-ray, as it once again gives us the opportunity to see Edward Norton kick his own ass. In this weed-filled comedy, Norton plays an Ivy League professor who is lured back to his Oklahoma hometown, where his twin brother, a small-time pot grower, has concocted a simple scheme to take down a local drug lord.
As you can see from the trailer below, the film is still pretty rough around the edges. In the past, Tim Blake Nelson (who you will also see in the trailer) has proven himself to be a more than capable director, delivering films such as Eye of God and The Grey Zone. And Edward Norton is as he always is, a solid actor. The supporting cast is there – including Richard Dreyfus acting ridiculous, Keri Russell pulling off down-home sweet and sexy and Susan Sarandon dropping in for some always appropriate screentime. Despite that, the trailer has a clunkiness to it that I just can’t get by. Perhaps when the film is picked up by a distributor and they give it a gloss-up, we’ll get something more digestible.
See for yourself below, courtesy of MySpace.