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Comedy, 2010 A high school valedictorian who gets baked with the local stoner finds himself the subject of a drug test. The situation causes him to concoct an ambitious plan to get his entire graduating class to face the same fate, and fail.
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As for being a comedy - it is - but don't expect to burst out laughing at any time. There are some characters that are amusing, but again nothing good enough to really make you laugh.
Naturally, if you are strongly opposed to drugs, then you may want to avoid watching this movie - as the entire theme is about it.
Acting was just mediocre - also. I was hoping to see some amazing work from a few unknown actors. Did not happen.
Would I watch it again? NO
Would I buy it? NO
Would I recommend it to a friend? NO
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Henry and his stoner friend Travis, played by Sean Marquette, decide that if EVERYONE fails the drug test then nobody can really be held accountable. Sound thinking, right? Well, in order to get enough drugs to dose the whole student body they have to rip off the local drug dealer "Psycho Ed," played with gusto by Adrien Brody who absolutely steals the show here. "Psycho Ed" is one part Snoop Dogg and one part white suburban lawyer who had a nervous break down. He somehow comes off as hilarious and terrifying at the same time!
There's no doubt that the premise here is over the top, the characters are over the top and the delivery here is over the top. All of that doesn't take away from the fun of the ride. There are a ton of "stoner comedies" out there but this one really does stand on its own as a movie with a little more substance to it. Well worth the rental for Brody's performance alone!
For example, the entire first 25 minutes are pointless and don't include a storyline of any sorts, so we encounter a big problem there. Big enough you might be tempted to stop watching the movie altogether. The movie is supposed to be about one of the students concerned that his drug-taking habits will get him expelled and unable to get into college when a drug testing policy goes into effect, and you just have to wait a while for this aspect of the storyline to develop.
Really hilarious that Adrien Brody -the same man who plays a well-respected high school teacher in the film Detachment released one year after this film- would play a junkie searching for the kids who stole his marijuana, haha. Also hilarious how everyone in the school just suddenly decides that they have a huge craving for a brownie!
The truth is, I don't know how accurate this movie captures the effects of drug use since I've never done any myself (seriously never, not even once for the sake of experimenting- I must have been an uncool goody two shoes!) If it's portrayed in a completely inaccurate way then the film fails. However if it *is* accurate, well, this movie might become a 4-star film one day. Still, the lack of a really understandable plot hurts this one a tad. I recommend a viewing, but just barely.
The other two leads, Bush and Marquette, did well enough. In a sense, they were just along for the ride. It was Brody and, especially, Chiklis who make this movie worth watching. Rarely does a stoner comedy have one good performance-let alone two great performances. Overall, I say this might be the best stoner movie ever. I like Harold and Kumar, but that movie relied too much on sight gags and other less-than-satisfactory stoner crutches. For the record, I actually sat through this movie twice in just one week. (It was on cable again, and I like to test movies with a second viewing to see if they still have the special something.) The second viewing was as funny or almost as funny as the first viewing. Chiklis just blows me away. I'm even getting giddy just thinking about his scenes. Don't miss this one. It's a shame it did so well at Sundance-just to be punted around for two years before getting released in 2012.