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As Lasting as Smoke

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Release Date: January 16, 1998

Starring: Dave Chappelle, Guillermo Diaz & Jim Breuer

Genre: Comedy

Audience: Teenagers

Rating: R

Runtime: 90 minutes

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Director: Tamra Davis

Executive Producer:

Producer: Robert Simonds

Writer: Dave Chappelle & Neal Brennan

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Casey Silver, Chairman
MCA Motion Picture Group
Universal Pictures .
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Universal City, CA 91608
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Content:

(Pa, LLL, V, SS, NN, DD, M) Pagan worldview depicting pro-marijuana use & lifestyles; 62 obscenities & 5 profanities; brief fight scene; 3 implied acts of fornication; upper female nudity; extensive marijuana use; and, stealing & lying


Summary:

In HALF BAKED, four boys smoke pot together, and years later, they are in New York working dead-end jobs. The highlight of their life is "getting high" until one gets arrested which rallies the others to steal and sell the marijuana from a science lab in order to raise money to get their friend out of jail. A drug comedy featuring extensive pot smoking, obscenities and implied fornication, this un-redemptive, unfunny, poorly acted movie is a definite pass.


Review:

In HALF BAKED, four boys experience pot smoking together, and years later, we find them as young men in New York working dead end jobs. The highlight of their existence is "getting high" together until one of them, Kenny (Harland Williams), gets arrested for feeding junk food to a police horse. This rallies the others to steal marijuana from a science lab to sell in order to raise money to get their friend out of jail. This is a silly drug comedy in the tradition of the CHEECH & CHONG movies. It is un-redemptive, unfunny and poorly acted movie. It is a definite pass.
This movie is aptly named HALF BAKED because nothing about it is well cooked. These boys never really grow up. They smoke pot an early age. Eleven years later, they are still smoking pot, except now in New York. Thurgood (Chappelle), Scarface (Guillermo Diaz), Brian (Jim Breuer), and Kenny (Harland Williams) lose motivation for everything else except smoking pot until Kenny lands in jail. This causes the others to steal and then sell illegal substances to raise the funds to bail their friend out.
The plot is a series of dumb jokes. Kenny runs to the store to buy pot-smoking munchies and feeds popcorn and chocolate to a police horse who drops dead because he is a diabetic. Kenny is then branded as a cop killer. Though played for laughs, this is unfunny material. Then, Kenny lives in prison in fear of rape, having other inmates fight over him. His childhood friends are determined to save Kenny from this fate worse than death. Thurgood works at a pharmaceutical lab as a janitor and steals the high grade marijuana there which is being used in a government study. The men then kick into high gear and do the most ambitious thing of their lives: start a business selling pot with business cards and other office supplies. They initially give out free samples which brings them lots of business, but also rightly offends the mayor of the town. This brings the boys into a confrontation with the mayor which eventually brings them to the attention of the law, causing the movie thankfully to end.
In light of the attacks against the tobacco company and the health-oriented lifestyles promoted today, this is a surprising movie, geared only for those who find the subject of pot smoking hilariously funny. The problem with this, however, is that not only are there a limited number of pot smokers, but to gain all their attendance and attention, the humor is written on a level that even the most brain-dead can understand. This movie is not only not clever, it is not funny, falls flat and continues to get worse during its running time. HALF BAKED is wet toast.


In Brief:

In HALF BAKED, four boys experience pot smoking together, and years later, we find them as young men in New York working dead-end jobs. The highlight of their existence is "getting high" together until one of them, Kenny, gets arrested for feeding junk food to a police horse. This rallies the others to steal and to sell the marijuana from a science lab in order to raise money to get their friend out of jail. A silly drug comedy like this hasn't hit the silver screen since the CHEECH & CHONG. This un-redemptive, unfunny, poorly acted movie is a definite pass.
This movie is aptly named HALF BAKED. These boys never really grow up. The boys lose motivation for everything else except smoking pot until Kenny lands in jail. This causes the others to steal and then sell illegal substances to raise the funds to bail their friend out. In light of the attacks against the tobacco companies and the health-oriented lifestyles promoted today, this is a surprising movie, geared only for those who find the subject of pot smoking hilariously funny. This movie is not only not clever, it is not funny, falls flat and continues to get worse through its running time