Rolling with the Punches and Discoveries

Filmmaker David Gordon Green’s Journey

▶ By Chris Vognar



It’s hard to believe the same guy who made stoner comedies like Pineapple Express (2008) and Your Highness (2011) is also responsible for the cerebrally earthy and intimate likes of George Washington (2000) and All the Real Girls (2003). But it actually makes perfect sense if you know that guy.

David Gordon Green needs to keep mixing it up. His signature move, as he puts it, is to not have a signature move. He innovates and he adapts. He goes where his passions take him. Sometimes he goes for a payday. Regardless, he stays on the move, bouncing between small, personal films, broad comedy, TV series, and commercials. He’s a hustler, in the ...

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