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  • Summary: In 1979, the US Customs Service reported that 87% of all marijuana seizures in the US were made in the South Florida area. Due to the region's 5,000 miles of coast and coastal waterways and close proximity to the Caribbean and Latin America, South Florida was a pot smuggler's paradise. In sharp contrast to the brazenly violent cocaine cowboys of the 1980's, Miami's marijuana smugglers were cooler, calmer, and for the most part, nonviolent. Square Grouper paints a vivid portrait of Miami's pot smuggling culture in the 1970s and 1980s through three of the city's most colorful stories. (Magnolia Pictures) Expand
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Apr 16, 2011
    80
    If "Cocaine Cowboys" was an epic, ironic yarn of murder and madness and the building of a boomtown built largely on drug money, Square Groupers is a more rueful tale.
  2. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Apr 14, 2011
    75
    Corben has done an impressive amount of journalistic research that will be of particular interest to South Florida audiences. Every time you think Miami couldn't possibly get any weirder, it does.
  3. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Apr 15, 2011
    63
    Relying heavily on old network newscasts, Corben introduces a collection of colorful characters who just want to get stoned.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Holcomb
    Apr 12, 2011
    60
    Square Grouper's admirably backhanded inquiry into the social and economic costs of weed criminalization extends far beyond the wake-and-bake crowd.
  5. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Apr 12, 2011
    40
    If violence ever comes into the picture-and considering the illegal millions made from trafficking, it strains credulity to imply it doesn't-we don't hear about it, as Corben wants to paint the subjects as drug-war martyrs.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Apr 12, 2011
    40
    Think of it as the cinematic equivalent of a buzz-kill.
  7. Reviewed by: Rachel Saltz
    Apr 14, 2011
    40
    The film mixes period footage with visually unappealing contemporary interviews. If you're expecting voluble, outsize personalities with colorful war stories, you'll be disappointed.