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Reviewed by: Neil Kipling

Starring: Johnny Depp, Paul Reubens,
Roy Liotta, Rachel Griffiths
Directed by: Ted Demme

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Highly recommended - 5 Beans Out of 5

I've always been a big fan of Johnny Depp. He's just one of those guys I've always thought was pretty cool. His latest movie, Blow, is confirmation of Depp's coolness. I don't know how many movies I've seen where I could say, "Man, I empathize with this poor guy", especially when he happens to be a major drug trafficker.

Blow traces the true-life story of George Jung, a marijuana and cocaine dealer during the 60's and 70's. Depp's Jung is a tragic character and about twenty minutes into the film you find yourself sucked into his sad life. I have difficulty accepting the fact that the end of the movie saw me crying like a baby over a convicted drug dealer, but I have to say, the criminal element aside, Jung's story is beset with betrayal and tragedy. He becomes more human as the film progresses and credit goes to both Depp and director Ted Demme (whose credits include The Ref and Beautiful Girls) for managing to tie big chunks of emotional concrete to a story that, in reality, should have us all screaming with sarcasm, "Aww, let's all feel sorry for the poor, millionaire drug trafficker".

Backed by a powerful cast including Roy Liotta, Rachel Griffiths and Pee Wee sorry, I mean Paul Reubens, Blow stands as the first Oscar nominee pick for 2001, and I hope Depp gets a best actor nod at least.

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