Tim Blake Nelson writes and directs this offbeat comedy about pot, poetry, philosophy and coming to terms with the past. Edward Norton plays two identical twin brothers, both highly intelligent but diametrically opposite. Bill is an Ivy League classical philosophy professor who has worked hard to distance himself from his down-at-heel small-town upbringing, while his marijuana-dealing brother Brady still lives in their hometown in Oklahoma. When Brady tricks Bill into returning home for the first time in 20 years, Bill is furious and threatens to take the next plane back to the East Coast. However, he ends up staying long enough to visit his estranged mother (Susan Sarandon) and fall under the spell of free-spirited local teacher Janet (Keri Russell).
An Ivy League Classics professor becomes mixed up in his lawless identical twin's drug dealings after receiving word that his brother has been murdered and returning to Oklahoma to discover he's been hoodwinked. To say that Bill Kincaid (Edward Norton) is ashamed of his upbringing is an understatement at best. Turning his back on his working-class parents and working diligently to erase any traces of his Southern accent, Bill develops a reputation as a true scholar dedicated to excellence and philosophical exploration. His brother, Brady (also Norton), on the other hand, devotes most of his time to growing marijuana plants. Arriving home to find Brady very much alive, Bill winds up mending bridges with their capricious mother and reluctantly agrees to help his brother out of a tight jam involving notorious drug kingpin Pug Rothbaum, who might just send both siblings to an early grave. Meanwhile, Bill can't help noticing that free-spirited poet Janet (Keri Russell) has somehow managed to find true happiness in the most unlikely surroundings. Actor-director Tim Blake Nelson's (O Brother, Where Art Thou?
) taut comedy-thriller Leaves Of Grass
also stars Susan Sarandon and Richard Dreyfuss.