Half Baked

1998

Half Baked

Critics Consensus

You'd have to be high to dig Half Baked's half baked production and scattershot sense of humor -- although maybe that was the point of this Dave Chapelle-led joint.

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It's dopey time, again, in this pat-addled buddy movie that will scare you straight with its lack of humor.

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  • Nov 24, 2015
    I think when you look up the definition of a dumb movie, this is the first film that would come up. And I don't even mean that in a derisive manner, but it's a film that features not particularly smart or bright characters acting being put in silly situations. But it's dumb by design, the film absolutely has no pretensions or delusions of greatness. I don't think this film ever pretended to be the second coming of Monty Python and the Holy Grail or Life of Brian (also a Python film). I think once people come to terms with that then they'll have an easier time enjoying this. Honestly, I can't believe I waited so long to watch this movie. Not that I thought it was great or anything, but there's so many times I've seen this playing on TV and I never once really sat down and just watched it. Though, to be fair, I'm sure this movie would be shown in heavily edited form and I don't think that's any way to watch a film. But I was also well aware of the film's cult following and yet I was never inclined to sit down and watch it, until last night of course. And, as the score would imply, I definitely had a good time watching this. I'm not even a person who smokes weed, though I could see myself trying it, so I can imagine that I'd probably enjoy it more if I was high while watching it. Then again, you can say that about a lot of films, but this seems like the only one where it seems like a requirement. Still, I found a lot to like about this movie. It's very intentionally goofy and the film benefits from that, because it isn't afraid to just throw whatever out there to see what sticks and what doesn't. Because of that, however, that means that the film isn't really as consistent as it could have been. That's probably the only thing that holds the film back, honestly. It's clearly not a film that is high art, but it's a film that definitely has its place in the stoner comedy lexicon. The film has some memorable characters, like Sir Smoke-a-lot, who only, sadly, appears in a couple of scenes. The cast is solid, they play their roles well, particularly Jim Breuer, but this guy always looks high as fuck, so I don't know how much of his acting was his character and how it was written or how he regularly is. There's a couple of cameos by very famous weed smokers like Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg, so I thought those were fun, and, of course, Tommy Chong, though he plays a more 'important' character to the narrative, as he's the one that keeps Kenny from getting sodomized in jail. And you can't have a movie about weed without Tommy Chong. I digress, long story short, this movie is a fun time. I realize that film criticism means looking at every movie as if they're on the same level, but you can't go into this movie if your favorite movie is Satantango. You will hate this profusely. But I thought it was a good time for while it lasted and I'd recommend it as a Netflix watch or if you can get the DVD for like $5. Fun stuff.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Dec 06, 2012
    An inconsistent comedy written by the greatest stand-up comedian of all time, Dave Chappelle. At times, it's hilarious -- at others, not really. But in the end, this is a self-deprecating comedy with a plotline that only a person strung out on weed could come up with. I'm a huge fan of Chappelle though so I caught a lot of his style of comedy within the mess. I had a good time; it's just not well made or directed. Could've been better.
    Albert K Super Reviewer
  • Dec 14, 2011
    This film came out in the era of Billy Madison, Austin Powers, Happy Gilmore and Waynes World. In this context the film has lived on quite well but it had a backing from the studio that never separated it. The cult films like Slacker and Clerks created an indie comedy movement that swamped these high budgeted type of films. This film can only have an audience in the teenage bracket, I had held this film in high prestige for years but rewatching the film you realise it's not the cult classic once thought. This is much better then the bigger budgeted romantic comedies of that era but it doesn't have smart jokes, it goes for the quick humour and that's the reason why this clever concept never reaches grand heights. 04-06-2017.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Nov 08, 2011
    Half Baked was one of the first stoner comedies that I have seen, and though since then, I've seen a lot of the films in this comedy sub genre, Half Baked still remains a fun comedy classic. Dave Chappelle makes this film fun to watch, and the other actors starring opposite him are just as nuts as he is. Half Baked is one of the best stoner comedies that you can see and it is simply a fun comedy with a good cast guaranteed to make you laugh. Aside from Cheech & Chong Still Smoking, Half Baked is one of the best stoner comedies, only to be outclassed by The Big Lebowski. Still, Half Baked is a good film and if these films are your type of humor, then this is a must see. Dave Chapplle has never been funnier Half Baked may not be perfect, but it definitely has enough quirky comedy for it to make it a must see film. If you love stoner films, you owe it to yourself to check this one out. The cast starring opposite Chappelle are funny, and there are plenty of memorable scenes to enjoy in this film. Half Baked is the perfect comedy to enjoy with friends, and is a funny film that might even make people who don't normally like these types of comedies, laugh. Half Baked is a fun film and is one of Chappelle's funniest roles (aside from his show). Half Baked may not be a flawless comedy, but for what it is, it certainly is a funny film guaranteed to make you laugh. Half Baked is simply put, good fun and with Dave Chappelle in the film, how can you not laugh?
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