After Nancy’s husband dies she turns to selling marijuana in order to support her family. Providing for her two sons, brother-in-law, and others, Nancy finds herself involved in much more than pot distribution. With the DEA and the Mexican mob both literally in her bed, pressure from rival dealers and legalized pot-shops, rip-offs, and general chaos taking over her life Nancy somehow manages to always come out on top.
Mary-Louise Parker (Nancy), Hunter Parrish (Silas), Alexander Gould (Shane), Kevin Nealon (Doug), Justin Kirk (Andy), Elizabeth Perkins (Celia), Allie Grant (Isabelle), Andy Milder (Dean), Tonye Patano (Heylia), Romany Malco (Conrad), Demian Bichir (Esteban), Renee Victor (Lupita).
Weeds begins mildly enough with interesting characters and storylines but as the series progresses things get more and more crazy. The plots become much more intricate as characters and consequences from previous episodes, and even seasons, come back to fill out current plot lines. It isn’t until the last couple of seasons that reality takes a swan dive and Nancy begins to slither out of predicaments in ways that are hard to swallow. Still, the series remains interesting on an addictive level through the end.
Acting was very good in this series. Never a Parker fan, her delivery and presentation were very well done, particularly her ability to deliver sex appeal which she hasn’t done well in the past. Parrish and Gould were excellent choices and Gould in particular grew a great deal during the series. Kirk also did very well in his role, delivering with good emotion and role clarity. The remainder of the supporting cast was solid with nice variety and energy.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were solid with good detail and about what would be expected from a popular, well funded series. Physical effects were sparse but nicely done when used. Dialogue was excellent, delivering comedy, drama, and suspense while moving the story along at a good pace. Sound and soundtrack were good.
Overall Weeds is a very enjoyable TV drama that presents well on almost every level. With nudity, sexuality, and moral dilemmas the series is edgy and in your face from the start. Those who enjoy a wide variety of shock value will enjoy this the most.
With plenty of crude humor, foul language, explicit sexuality, nudity, drug use, and violence save this for the oldest teens and above.
Weeds is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 5 out of 5
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