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Half Baked
(1998)
Reviewed by Chris Bjuland
Rating: 5 Beans

yno-mite! That's how I describe "Half Baked", the newest flick produced by Robert Simonds(Happy Gilmore) and directed by Tamra Davis (CB-4). Don't worry if those two names don't mean a thing to you. They shouldn't. The only thing that matters is that J.J. from "Good Times" is finally back in the spotlight. Dyno-mite!

Okay, so it's not really J.J., and the movie isn't really that good. Those Hollywood types would tell you that this is a movie about three stupid guys trying to bail their other stupid friend out of jail. What they don't tell you is that this movie is really just a propogandist film glamorizing the use and abuse of marijuana.

Sure it's got pot jokes in the script. Sure it's got visual gags. Sure it's got a bunch of stupid people doing the wrong thing (selling pot) to do the right thing (rescue Kenny's virgin ass from prison before he gets a full body cavity search by inmate Nasty Nate). What it doesn't have is a clue.

Now that I've seen "Half Baked", my new theme song is "I'm Afraid of American's" by David Bowie. I'm just not sure if I'm more afraid of the writers and cast who made this media education film, or if I'm more afraid of the theater goers who crowded in to see this movie. People came in half way through the movie. And they stayed. They must have been high.

I'm only giving this movie 5 Beans, because the $8.00 dating lesson given by Thurgood (Dave Chappelle) as he attempts to win the love of Mary Jane (Rachel True) was worth the rest of the movie. Almost.


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