How High
Lisa Schwarzbaum
January 04, 2002 AT 05:00 AM EST

How High

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
96 minutes
Wide Release Date
12/21/01
performer
Method Man, Redman, Obba Babatunde, Hector Elizondo, Mike Epps, Jeffrey Jones, Al Shearer, Fred Willard
director
Jesse Dylan
distributor
Universal
author
Dustin Abraham, Brad Kaaya
genre
Comedy

We gave it a C+

You buy a ticket to How High—a FUBU’d stoner comedy starring blunt-talking, blunt-toking rappers Method Man and Redman as a couple of brothers who tear up the ivy at Harvard University—and you get what you pay for: a mad, mangy string of weed-high jokes at the expense of absolutely everyone, including the rappers’ own damn selves. The kick to this goof, from acolytes who have studied the oeuvre of Cheech & Chong, is that pot is the fortifier that allowed Silas (Method Man) and Jamal (Redman) to ace their way into college in the first place.

There’s a fair amount of ”best watched after inhaling” sloppiness to Jesse Dylan’s direction of a screenplay by Dustin Lee Abraham. But there’s also enough cheery mockery to amuse even non-tokers. Obba Babatundé goes nicely apoplectic as a prissy dean (named Dean Cain). And among the hipster old white guys taking the rap for their race, Spalding Gray is particularly avant-garde as a professor of black studies. C+

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