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I had never heard of this movie 'Half Baked' until I was channel surfing cable this afternoon and came across it. While I had heard the name Dave Chapelle because of the television show recently airing, I was not familiar with two of the other three main characters. The guy playing the character in jail I have seen before. In other words, I am not up on who these people are/were. I am of the Chech and Chong 'Up in Smoke' generation of drug themed flicks. Saw them all back in the day. However, I found this movie much funnier than those ever were. Much funnier. The Scarface character was hilarious, but I found the Brian and Thurgood parts funnier and quite believable in an over-abundant way. I have read here many stating the cameo parts were the film's highlight. Not in my opinion. The main characters owned this one. As an aside from a 40 something, it is nice to see that this country(USA)has come along the road far enough whereby having a couple white guys, a black dude and a Cuban sharing a habitat together doesn't come across as contrived. The stoner parts all looked familiar to me. Funny movie.
My friend, (a known pothead), lent me this film and said it was funny, i was sceptical, a. becasue he is always stoned and once had a laughing fit at a commercial, b. because he thinks WWF wrestling is the best thing on t.v, but i watched it anyway, i'm glad i did, it was hilarious, i'd highly recommend this film to anyone, unless they are specifically looking for a good plot or if they are dead against drugs, i've read some of the comments on here and they haven't been that good, maybe you have to know someone like the people in this movie to get it. 8/10
This movie is hilarious. Extremely stupid, but still hilarious. And even as unbelievable as it is, there are people actually like this, heck I know several of them. The thing that makes it so funny is the fact that a bunch of funny parts in the film actually happen. So if you want to see funny realism mixed with over the top fantasy, this is your film.
Very funny movie. Of the recent 'stoner' flicks, this is probably one
of the best. (Probably second in my book to Dude Where's My car?)
Ejoyable, entertaining, and weird characters. Dave Chappell is
hilarious as always. There are a ton of cameos by great and well known
comedians throughout the piece, all paying their homage to the great
I myself am not a pot smoker but laughed my rear off anyways, even if I didn't get all of the 'inside' stuff that others may refer too. Chappell is great playing several outlandish characters in the movie. The situations they get themselves into are great and even better how they get out of them.
There is ample potty humor as well as pot humor to boot. Well worth the rental fee and your time.
The trailer for this movie looked really dumb, so I didn't see it in theaters. Then I heard about Bob Saget's cameo (and what he says), and just wanting to hear Saget say that made me rent the movie. Surprisingly, it's not a bad movie. Oh, it's dumb. It's sloppy. It's *obsessed* with marijuana. But I laughed several times in the movie, and the characters are very likable. Best watched with a group of friends who don't mind drug humor.
Only a true pothead could have thought up the script for HALF BAKED. Tamra Davis is an underrated director, with other cool movies like BEST MEN and his other retarded comedy masterpiece, BILLY MADISON. Dave Chapelle, Jim Breuer, Guillermo Diaz, and Harland Williams all give incredible, insane performances. The spoofs on other films like JERRY MCGUIRE, DEAD PRESIDENTS, SUPERMAN, as well as the old "Batman" show, are perfectly weaved in. There are numerous cameos by tons of varied people: Snoop Dogg, Jon Stewart, Janeane Garafalo, Willie Nelson, Stephen Baldwin, Clarence Williams 3, Tommy Chong, Bob Saget, and others, they're all funny in their own ways. The Guy on the Couch was the most interesting character, for mysterious reasons.
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Tamra Davis is a g*damned genius, i swear. She manages to get a pumping
little message across while delivering the laughs by the bucketload.
And Dave Chapelle, gangly, weird but extremely funny in that
unpredictable, zany way, easily delivers the funniest line when he says
"Do I look like someone that would smoke...*whispers* mari-juana?"
Trust me, when u see him say that line the irony is nothing short of
The message is, quite simply, that weed's got a bad rap over the years for being a "gateway drug" and that it's not a "soft" drug or whatever, and nowhere in the film is this rammed home more than in the "Rehab" scene. No, I don't know anyone that's ever "sucked d*ck for marijuana", either...haha. This is all despite the fact that many people use weed all the time and never become junkies or "flip out" and go nuts.
This will especially strike a chord with smokers, but anyone can enjoy the zaniness of this movie, although i will say the target audience has been well catered for :) The last scene is particularly good in its appeal to smokers and non smokers. For everyone who thinks Thurgood gave up weed for good, go back and watch the end again. As he's ditchin the spliff she (the spliff) yells "You'll be baaaaack!" and does he contradict her? Nup.
It's one of those endlessly quotable movies that you can stick on whenever and enjoy.
"Will u guys shutup about weed for one second? I don't want this girl to know I smoke!" "Yeah it's bad enough you're a janitor, yo!" "Custodian!"
"Why u gotta make me feel inferior coz I'm on the grill, B?"
And a zillion other gems :) Whoops, forgot to actually include a plot summary...(*ding* Marijuana affects the memory *ding*) Roll a big fat one and enjoy!
Pot smokers represent! =) This film is *the* new definitive piece for
the genre (yes, ladies and gentlemen, surpassing, even, Up In Smoke).
=) Follow one pothead's (Dave Chappele as Thurgood Jenkins) journey
from social miscreant to responsible citizen. Along the way, he learns
to sacrifice for his friends, take charge of difficult situations and
lead, and tap into that true American entrepreneurial spirit that lies
dormant within us all! =) And all of this?
for the nobility of true
love. =) (Oh ya
and did we mention that in the middle of all of this,
he even finds time to support his local law enforcement officials?). =)
Hat's off to the director, Tamra Davis. You did us proud. What absolutely "makes" this movie (besides Dave Chappele as Sir Smoke-A-Lot) is the cameos. The currently best rated comment mentions: Snoop Dogg, Jon Stewart, Janeane Garafalo, Willie Nelson, Stephen Baldwin, Clarence Williams 3, Tommy Chong, Bob Saget, and *others*. This fails to mention two *others*: a special guest appearance by the ghost of Jerry Garcia =), and Steven Wright, playing the quintessential "guy on the couch". =) This movie is sooo good, that I suppose you could even watch it sober and *still* find it entertaining. =) I give this movie a 5 out 5 joints. =)
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The highlight of Half Baked is clearly the hilarious cameos, in
particular the cameo by Bob Saget. It was a while since Full House went
off the air, and people started to wonder, 'where's Bob?' Well, we
found him, and in the unlikeliest of places, too. His all-American,
wholesome, great dad image is completely torn apart in just a matter of
seconds. His line, "I used to suck d**k for coke" echoes in eternity
for great moments in contemporary comedy.
As for the movie itself, I thought it was awesome. Dave Chapelle, who co-wrote the script, obviously knows his subject very well. The details of the marijuana culture are rich and extremely humorous. We're shown different types of marijuana users ("I'm 40 and still cool smoker", "I can't be creative without pot smoker," "enhancement smoker," "scavenger smoker"), the different ways of buying it, and surprisingly enough, it teaches that life can be good without it. Just listen to Thurgood's wise final words at the end of the movie when he gives up weed and gets the girl:
"Now, I know what you're thinking: old Thrugood sold out, right? Well, let me tell you something. I love weed, I LOVE it. But not as much as I love p***y. The End."
Half Baked is a very good comedy which I've enjoyed over and over. It obviously won't rank up as one the greatest films of all time but it's a funny movie with memorable characters and lines. Dave Chappelle is more popular now than he was when this came out but I hope that people go back and revisit it (especially now with a new "Fully Baked Edition" DVD!). Half Baked is a gem of a comedy.
My rating: 6.5/10
This film is one of my all time favorites. It's a real stand out comedy
with damn good performances for what it is. most comedy today is
pathetically predictable and just un-funny. From dismal family comedy
flicks to the terrible ill amusing escapades of the date comedy. For
me, their just way too formulaic. Is this story whole-heartedly
original,no, not by far, but it's treatment is gloriously funny and
pure escapist fun. The performances are better than you'd expect,
giving off the feeling these guys are real close. Dave Chappelle is a
riot,a real comedic genius. Guillermo Díaz is Scarface, Harland
Willaims was terrific but the the performance I enjoyed almost even
more than Chappelle's was that of Jim Breuer as Brian. If you've seen
this movie then you know why I say this. Rachel True does as well as
needed, but I found the tragic story of Killer by far more memorable
And before i forget there are some very memorable cameos from Jon Stewart, Snoop Dogg, and Tommy Chong naturally. Each is just funny as hell. I don't believe you have to be a stoner to get all the jokes, but being a user will make it all the more hilarious. Overall, my rain reason for loving this film is that it casually, repeatedly and openly points out that marijuana isn't really something to fear, disgust or be ridiculously conservative of. A 'pothead' myself, I really don't recall ever feeling the urge to "suck a d*ck" for some marijuana, so that's saying some thing right?
Take a hit, and Live life.
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