Half Baked

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"They'll do anything to save their best bud."
  • R
  • 1998
  • 1 hr 22 min
  • 6.6  (66,740)
  • 16

Half Baked is a stoner comedy film released in 1998 that is directed by Tamra Davis and written by Dave Chappelle, Neal Brennan, and David E. Smith. The movie is a story that revolves around four friends who are habitual weed smokers and their hilarious escapades as they try to come up with a plan to get their friend out of jail. The movie features Dave Chappelle as Thurgood Jenkins, the laid-back protagonist of the movie who is an avid marijuana smoker and works as a janitor at a medical research lab. His job at the lab gives him easy access to some of the most potent strands of marijuana, and he shares it with his two best friends, Scarface played by Guillermo Diaz, and Brian played by Jim Breuer.

The three men are seen sitting on a couch most of the time, passing joints and talking about their favorite pastimes. They are supported by a fourth friend, Kenny, played brilliantly by Harland Williams, who is the most laid-back of the bunch, and is always high.

The story takes a turn when Thurgood's love interest, Mary Jane Potman (played by Rachel True), the owner of the bakery next door, gets held up at gunpoint by a thief who steals her cash register. Thurgood and his friends come to her aid, and they steal the weed from the lab to sell so they can buy Mary Jane a new cash register. The weed they stole belonged to a drug lord named Samson Simpson, played by Clarence Williams III, who is not pleased with the pillage.

Things take a wacky turn when Kenny mistakenly feeds a cop a cupcake that contains marijuana before they realize what they had done. The cop, who was taking part in an anti-drug rally and is now high, joins forces with the gang throughout the movie.

Half Baked has an enormous comedic value, which is why it has become a classic stoner comedy that continues to be popular today. The humor in this film is very much in line with the stoner subculture, and the movie is a goofy blend of slapstick, satire, and popular culture references.

The movie's soundtrack includes a vast array of popular songs that fit the movie's tone and the various moods of the storyline. It features popular artists like the Notorious B.I.G, Cypress Hill, and Bob Marley, among others. The music adds an extra layer of fun to the humor and the plot, making it an enjoyable experience.

The acting in this movie is top-tier, with each of the main characters delivering a hilarious performance. Dave Chappelle, who co-wrote the script, plays Thurgood Jenkins with a dry, easy-going attitude that is entirely fitting for the character. Guillermo Diaz plays Scarface with a menacing expression that often contradicts his real personality. Jim Breuer's portrayal of Brian is an overconfident and yet bumbling stoner, and he gets laughs from the audience with his slow-mo impressions of classic videos.

Half Baked is a great movie to watch if you are looking for a light-hearted comedy with a lighthearted, relatable story. The level of humor in the film is suitable for everyone, and the movie does not get bogged down by heavy and serious themes. It is a movie that is perfect for watching on a lazy afternoon or a weekend with friends.

In conclusion, Half Baked is a stoner comedy that is worth watching, particularly if you are a fan of the genre. It is a charming, light-hearted movie that can bring laughter, and the soundtrack is also fantastic. The laughs may not keep coming regularly and may, at times, seem forced, but it is still an excellent movie to watch on a lazy day. It is an enjoyable movie that may be dumb, but it is also a bit of fun that does not take itself too seriously. If you are looking for a comedy-drama combination made for the stoner in you, then Half Baked is the movie to watch.

Half Baked is a 1998 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 22 minutes. It has received poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.6 and a MetaScore of 16.

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