Producers of this small-budget indie drama might generate a little homevid action by exploiting a fleeting appearance by “Dawson’s Creek” heartthrob James Van Der Beek in a minor supporting role. Pic has little else going for it, commercially speaking, despite competent performances by leads and a mildly intriguing, if underdeveloped, premise.
Director and co-writer Stuart Burkin roots “Harvest” in rural Pennsylvania farm country, where sensitive young Andy Yates (Wil Horneff) is profoundly shocked to discover his straight-arrow parents (Jeffrey DeMunn, Lisa Emery) have held onto their land by growing and selling marijuana. Other farmers in the area have resorted to the same desperate measures, prompting the arrival of a feisty DEA agent (Mary McCormack). Local sheriff (John Slattery) has a crisis of conscience as he’s forced to choose between his law-and-order duties and his loyalty to friends and neighbors. Overall, pic is well cast and convincingly acted, but unremarkable to the point of blandness. Surprisingly upbeat ending comes across as a crowd-pleasing cop-out.