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How High

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How High

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+