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|Super High Me|
Actors: Brian Unger, Gary Cohan, Robert Gore, Sean Tabibian, Paul F. Tompkins
Director: Michael Blieden
Genres: Comedy, Documentary
Determined to find out the true effects of marijuana on the human body, stand-up comedian and former Stoner of the Year Doug Benson documents his experience avoiding pot for 30 days and then consuming massive amounts of th... more »
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Damian M. (ratchet)
Reviewed on 3/11/2009...
Well this rather unfunny comic gets to hang out some cool people (Sarah Silverman, Ian Roberts, Brian Posehn, Zach Galifianakis, etc.). Supposed to an obvious play on Super Size Me, but doesnt come out as more than a stoner's video diary.
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Comedic contribution to a serious movement.
Preston C. Enright | Denver, CO United States | 06/27/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"While there aren't many stand-up comedians that I find to be terribly funny, Doug Benson's experiment with getting high for a month straight provided many chuckles. More importantly, it provided insight on the movement to expand Medical Marijuana in California and the DEA repression they face. This film could've easily become a documentary on the Medical Marijuana movement, and hopefully some filmmakers will make a movie that focuses on that struggle.
Benson's 30 days of smoking and eating herb was inspired by the 30 miserable days Morgan Spurlock spent eating fast food in Super Size Me (another film I'd highly recommend).
I especially enjoyed Benson's visits to places like the "420 Temple", and a trip he made to Vancouver to visit the "Prince of Pot" - Marc Emery. Emery is a former seed distributor and the editor of the excellent "Cannabis Culture" magazine (which isn't available through Amazon, but can be found at most bookstores).
"Super High Me" also introduces us to some Medical Marijuana patients, including a young woman who first started using it at the age of 17 when she was going through her cancer treatments. It's a crime that cannabis isn't legally available to anyone who wants it for medicinal, spiritual, or recreational reasons. Pot is forbidden because big pharmaceutical companies don't have a patent on it.
People who want to explore more of the political, social and economic issues involving marijuana will want to check out DVDs like:
Emperor of Hemp: Every Revolution Needs a Hero
American Drug War: The Last White Hope
The Benefits of Marijuana: Physical, Psychological & Spiritual
To keep up on all sorts of issues, media material, and pot gatherings:
And a couple of DVDs to help us chant down Babylon:
Manufacturing Consent - Noam Chomsky and the Media
Songs of Freedom"
Not Your Average "Stoner" Movie.
Andrew J. Lyons | Los Angeles | 06/29/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It would be too easy to just write off "Super High Me" as a stoner flick, for this documentary is both hilarious , poignant, and has some serious political undertones.
Doug Benson is a stand-up comedian from Los Angeles best known for his work in "The Marijuanalogues" and VH1's "Best Week Ever". In this documentary, he spoofs the concept first introduced in Morgan Spurlock's "Super Size Me", by going without marijuana for 30 days, and then smoking marijuana for 30 days.
The most surprising aspect of this film are the two scenes in which DEA agents raid dispenaries in California. California, for those who don't know, allows marijuana to be distributed legally if you have a special card from a certified doctor. For all of the hoopla over State's Rights in the Terri Schavo case, I found it very alarming to watch the Federal Government ignore Californian's State's Rights.
Led by a killer soundtrack, and Doug Benson's wicked humor and amiable personality, "Super High Me" is a great, great film.
And now a review for all the stoners who glazed over the review above:
"Super High Me" am excellent...dude!
High Times Indeed
Bernard Chapin | CHICAGO! USA | 01/03/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This documentary was far more entertaining than it was educational. It really didn't focus too much on the history of marijuana usage and didn't analyze the prospects of future legalization (they're dim). But being a non-Californian I really had no idea of what some of the medical dispensaries looked like before watching this video. From what I saw what's going on there is pretty intriguing. Further, one of the reasons we should treasure federalism is because of situations like the one highlighted here (in the film) where the DEA overrides the local civic authorities and starts busting up shops. Those scenes were a disgrace. I hope people see this film and realize the necessity of decreasing the size of the federal government in the hopes of preserving all of our liberties. Politics aside, Benson's a funny comedian and a lot of the standup shtick was enjoyable."