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In Clark Duke's directorial debut, Kyle (Liam Hemsworth) and Swin (Clark Duke) live by the orders of an Arkansas-based drug kingpin named Frog (Vince Vaughn), whom they've never met. Posing as junior park rangers by day, they operate as low-level drug couriers by night under the watchful eye of Frog's proxies (John Malkovich and Vivica A. Fox). However, after one too many inept decisions, Kyle and Swin find themselves directly in Frog's crosshairs, who mistakenly sees them as a threat to his empire. Based on John Brandon's best-selling book of the same name, ARKANSAS weaves together three decades of Deep South drug trafficking to explore the cycle of violence that turns young men into criminals, and old men into legends.


  • Liam Hemsworth
  • Vince Vaughn
  • Clark Duke
  • John Malkovich
  • Michael Kenneth Williams
  • Vivica A. Fox
  • Chandler Duke
  • Jacob Zachar
  • Ian Thompson-Yates
  • Barry Primus

Did You Know?


  • Based on the novel "Arkansas," written by John Brandon, published by McSweeney's Rectangulars in 2009.
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  • Clark picks up the scooter at Johnna's house in the evening but it is morning when they arrive at Frog's shop.
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May 7, 2020

Where gangster and mafioso stories so often seem epic, taking the shape of classic rise-and-fall narratives, Arkansas is elusive and ephemeral. Its characters struggle to survive against a universe that doesn’t really care about them. It’s not the most escapist quarantine content, but there’s a simple beauty to it.

Vince Mancini
May 4, 2020

Despite some promising moments, the project never quite takes flight, partly thanks to mismatched performances that don't seem to agree on how quirky this film intends to be.

Metacritic review by John DeFore
John DeFore
The Hollywood Reporter
May 4, 2020

While it’s hard to watch Arkansas and not see its debt to the Coen brothers, Duke finds a voice of his own in quiet, deadpan absurdities and southern-fried eccentricities.

Metacritic review by Steve Pond
Steve Pond