CapitalDes Moines Area145,743 km² Duration LanguageEnglish
DirectorMatt Farnsworth AbbreviationIA Colleges and UniversitiesUniversity of Iowa CountryUnited States
Release dateApril 22, 2005 (2005-04-22) (Tribeca Film Festival) Neighbouring statesIllinois, Missouri, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota DestinationsMason City, Cedar Falls, Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Clear Lake Points of interestNational Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, Field of Dreams, Amana Colonies, Iowa State Fair, Adventureland
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IOWA is a 2005 American independent neo-noir film directed by, written by, and starring Matt Farnsworth. The film follows two young Iowan lovers who decide to cook their own methamphetamine. The film was met with highly negative reviews.
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After his father dies, Esper Harte learns that he may collect on his father's insurance. However, his mother and a crooked cop want to get rid of him so that they can take the money. Desperate to escape their problems, Esper and his girlfriend, Donna Huffman, decide to cook their own methamphetamine.
Matt Farnsworth as Esper Harte
Diane Foster as Donna Huffman
Michael T. Weiss as Larry Clarkson
Rosanna Arquette as Effie Harte
John Savage as Irv Huffman
IOWA premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 22, 2005.
The film received negative reviews. Rotten Tomatoes reports 15% of surveyed critics liked it, with a 3.9/10 rating average out of 13 reviews. Metacritic gave it a score of 35/100, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".
Slant Magazine called the film "stupendously slipshod" and "meandering, amateurish sleaze", while The New York Times criticized the lack of subtlety. In a more positive review, The Village Voice praised the film's energy and acting. Monsters and Critics said "This story and the characters in it are as real as the day is long and faithful to all that is good and bad about growing up with ever shrinking horizons."