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How High (2001)

Two guys by the name of Silas and Jamal decided to one day smoke something magical, which eventually helps them to ace their college entrance exam.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Method Man ... Silas P. Silas
Redman ... Jamal King
Obba Babatundé ... Dean Carl Cain
Mike Epps ... Baby Powder
Anna Maria Horsford ... Mamma King
Fred Willard ... Philip Huntley
Jeffrey Jones ... Vice President
Hector Elizondo ... Bill the Crew Coach
Lark Voorhies ... Lauren
Al Shearer ... I Need Money
Chuck Deezy ... Ivory - Ghost (as Chuck Davis)
Essence Atkins ... Jamie
Chris Elwood ... Bart
T.J. Thyne ... Gerald
Justin Urich ... Jeffrey
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Storyline

Two guys by the name of Silas and Jamal decided to one day smoke something magical, which eventually helps them to ace their college entrance exam. This eventually lands them in Harvard, where they're surrounded by the world of Ivy Leaguers. Although their new lifestyle is much different from back home, they kept on having fun until their supernatural smoke runs out. Now, they are on their own and they have to rely on each other to survive. Written by Michael Ji <jekimerider310@yahoo.com>

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Taglines:

You got blunt... You got weed..... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive drug use and language, and for sexual dialogue | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

'Fumuri' la Harvard See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,779,850, 23 December 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$31,155,435, 24 February 2002
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dean Cain is a reference to Dean Cain the actor you played superman in the series. This is a subliminal message of getting high like superman See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Jamal meets Silas, the toothbrush in Silas's hat alternates sides and faces in and out more than one time. See more »

Quotes

Silas: Those look like they're still in high school, yo.
Jamal: If there's grass on the infield, play ball!
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Crazy Credits

There were no plants harmed during the making of this film. See more »

Connections

References P.I.G.S. (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Round & Round
Written by Shannon Jonell Showes, Method Man (as Clifford Smith)
Performed by Jonell, Method Man
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Toke on mediocre film makers!
8 June 2011 | by oneguyramblingSee all my reviews

How High knows it is simply a vanity project to give a couple rappers a day job and an IMDb credit. The two being: Method Man as Silas: A smart cookie and renowned local weed-chemist who would rather be developing new strains of powerful weed than furthering his education.

Redman as Jamal: A street smart but not very book smart young guy who wants to get into college only because his Mum demands it.

When the ghost of Silas's deceased friend helps them ace the entrance exam with perfect scores – yep it's that easy folks – they decide Harvard is the place for their further education.

Both guys nab hotties in quicktime, Meth the cute egghead and Red the crazy skank from esteemed parentage.

The usual "cool but frankly inappropriate guys getting up to stuff while the squares gasp" ensues.

Fred Willard is the oblivious old white guy in a senior role who thinks these two guys are just super. Hector Elizondo is the old white guy in a senior role who suddenly thinks he is black and ends up acting thusly, and the film ends with a formal gathering in which the boys get everyone stoned and the staid old white people getting fonkay in impromptu fashion. (If you're a stoner and fret that this will ruin your enjoyment thanks to the spoiler don't worry, you'll forget in just a minute anyway.) In between are various parties, pranks, white people not understanding and such. In answer to the obvious question of How High? The two guys are perpetually stoned and therefore very high, the movie unfortunately never scales any such heights.

Final Rating – 5 / 10. About what you think it will be. A couple of charismatic guys spouting slang and cracking wise at those in the "establishment" (Damn You Establishment!).

The moral of the story here is that stoner comedies are made for stoners. In 20 years of watching films I can recall only one that made me laugh, Harold and Kumar go to White Castle… and even that wasn't great.

But who am I to hate: Toke on mediocre film makers!


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