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They'll do anything to save their best bud.
Three lovable party buds try to bail their friend out of jail. But just when the guys have mastered a plan, everything comes dangerously close to going up in smoke.
A colorful but ever-so-slightly tedious stoner comedy, Tamra Davis's "Half Baked" leads to as many laughs as it does eye rolls. The two mostly cancel each other out, resulting in a film that ranges from watchable to less-than-so. Dave Chappelle supplies plenty of comic charm, but he alone can not elevate the experience.
The plot revolves around a group of cannabis enthusiasts who find themselves selling weed to free a friend from prison. It is all a loose collection of pot-gags, movie parodies, and, umm, half baked narrative threads that have no desire to weave together. Chappelle entertains, and his romantic subplot with Rachel True is engaging; there just is not enough of it to power a respectable plot. Still,…
"F*ck you! F*ck you! F*ck you! You're cool. F*ck you!" It is my dream to quit a job in exactly this manner.
Stoner comedies are usually harder to make, because they have to be funny not just to those familiar with the affects of pot, but also to those who never tried it before.
And I am in the latter camp, never had done any drugs. Yet comedy is a universal thing, and one can look to Harold and Kumar and see a really well made comedy (the first two at least) that uses pot(or MJ, reefer whatever) as part of the film and define the character, but uses it in a smart way.
Sadly Half Baked has one of the stupidest stories, but one that is really almost devoid of any laughs. While most stoner stories are rather stupid, there is…
The kind of movie in which, during a flashback/dream sequence, a street sign reads "Memory Ln." Take what you will from that...
Charming, I suppose. It did influence me on a deep level. I will now yell "I got booty" after every sexual encounter.
To say this movie is half baked would be quite the overstatement.
An extremely watchable comedy that isn't as funny as I remembered. It still has jokes that lands as well as charming performances.
This is by no means a great movie but I laugh every time. Chappelle is a funny ass man.
Stoner comedy is hard to make funny on a consistent level. The best option for any such drug related material is to have energetic personalities to make us care for these characters. Dave Chappelle, Guillermo Diaz and Jim Bruer do a fine job, managing to make their stoned antics feel authentic and genuinely funny more often than not. Chappelle in particular shows his early comedic prowess, mixing a down to earth stoner charm with occasional crazy deliver in his main role and a zany crazed man in a minor role that feels like a blueprint for Chappelle Show's memorable characters. Those seeds can also be seen in some of the supporting cast members, like Jon Stewart, Snoop Dogg or Clarence…
So cheap and colorfoul, munchy munchy and smoky smoky.
This was a cool film. It goes nowhere, and has a great time at it.
Everything is so colourful and hilarious - a cool loser ride.
It's pretty funny too. Most of it.
I remember this being the funniest thing I had ever seen.
I do not feel it has aged that well, but is still watchable. I have an entirely different point of view from when I first saw it, and that adds a different layer to the comedy I've seen so many times I've memorized it.
Not too bad, but unfortunately this is a comedy that continues to lose steam as it plays. Its momentum and ambition just seem to flatline after a while. Even though it’s mildly funny throughout (with most of the real laughs coming at the beginning), there are few bits that work all that well and the stupidity loses it welcome after a short while. Chapelle’s Chapelle though and it’s only an hour and a half long, so Half Baked at least never drags.
“Don’t call me too late, ‘cause you know I be stippin’ in the evenings.”
Basically, 'Comedy Central: The movie'. It does make me want some Abba Zaba.
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