from CHICAGO, IL
Reviewed on 6/6/2010...
This chaotic, disorganized paen to ''blunts and booty'' is a lot of fun provided you don't take it too, umm, seriously. I enjoyed it tremendously. Without preaching, it passes on the same loosy-goosy message as those old hippie flicks ambivalently exalting the liberating potential of pot like 'Up in Smoke,' 'Fast Times At Ridgmont High,' and 'Smiley Face,' but in a different hip-hoppified language. When Silas (Method Man) and Jamal (Redman), two pot-smoking buddies, miraculously test their way into Harvard, the crass old-fuddy-duddies who run the university are powereless against the regenerative power of the bwoys' stash, This stash of super-potent reefer, has been grown and nurtured by their mad-scientist reefer geek friend, Ivory (Chuck Davis). Although Ivory just happens to have died by accident, this does not stop him furthering the careers of his old friends Silas and Jamal as a ghost. Naturally, after only three weeks Harvard turns into the hardest partying school on the planet.
I won't give away the running, cleverly connected set of gags that give the film so much energy. Suffice to say, the ghost of Ivory shows up with his stoner amigo in the great hereafter, Benjamin Franklin, having invented the bong. Amid all the hit-and-miss gags about dope and sex, there's some really unique racial humor. Atypically, Spalding Gray enjoy himself tremendously as white professor of black studies who is so riddled with liberal guilt that he pleads for his students to , ''Lynch me! Please lynch me!'' The dastardly villain is an ultra-prudish, tightly wound black professor. Dean Cain (Obba Babatundé), who is simply no match for the ghetto moxy of Silas and Jamal. His petit-bourgeouis brick house comes tumbling down when he unsuspectingly chows down on some of Ivory's marijuana brownies. Stoned out of his gourd, Dean Cain lets his inner James Brown take over, as he becomes a trash-talking, humpty-dancing party animal in an absolutely hilarious scene. lf populist flirtation with comic bad taste is your thing, you are home and dry here.
Directed by Jesse Dylan; written by Dustin Lee Abraham; director of photography, Francis Kenny; edited by Larry Bock; music by Rockwilder; production designer, Clark Hunter; produced by Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, Shauna Garr and James Ellis; released by Universal Pictures. Rated R.
(mogie) from ROSEBURG, OR
Reviewed on 6/30/2008...
The ultimate stoner movie.
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(kdenny01) from BRIGHTON, CO
Reviewed on 6/4/2008...
Who knew these two guys could make a great pair! They are hilarious. Obba Babatunde has a great role. A movie about two potheads going to Harvard sounds like a bust, however try it for yourself. If you don't fall over laughing would be an understatement.