Half Baked

Half Baked

4.6 11
Director: Tamra Davis

Cast: Dave Chappelle, Guillermo Diaz, Jim Breuer

     
 

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So what happens when both David Chappelle and the features-packed DVD format get big? The answer is the Half Baked: Fully Baked Edition DVD, a solid disc whose fine stats end up a bit on the bland side when all is said and done. To its credit, it does feature director Tamra Davis doing an audio commentary, plus ten minutes of deleted scenes and an alternateSee more details below

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So what happens when both David Chappelle and the features-packed DVD format get big? The answer is the Half Baked: Fully Baked Edition DVD, a solid disc whose fine stats end up a bit on the bland side when all is said and done. To its credit, it does feature director Tamra Davis doing an audio commentary, plus ten minutes of deleted scenes and an alternate ending, but from the smoking and non-smoking menus to the downright lame attempts at pot humor in the created-for-the-DVD extras, it all just gets to be a little too much after you spend too much time with it. Yeah, there's five minutes of "the guy on the couch" footage, but for every tasty deleted scene of a zombie dog puking pot, there's "Granny's Guide to Baking," featuring a crazed Granny going through pun-filled pot recipes (lame). There's something to be said about taking the good with the bad, but with junk like the "Different Types of Smokers" flash-like animation stinking things up this bad, it's hard to have a good taste in your mouth after laboriously making your way through the disc. Of course, the disc features a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer along with a 5.1 Dolby Digital audio track, so it still works well purely on that kind of level. Chappelle fans will no doubt eat this up -- especially given the pushed back release date of the Chappelle's Show: Season Two DVD -- giving this product a good rack life a few months before everyone buys up the next set of the funnyman's hilarious hijinks.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Adam Goldberg
Nostalgia for the '70s continues in Half Baked, a light-headed comedy that joins films like Dazed and Confused and Up in Smoke in the venerable "stoner genre." The bawdy storyline proudly teems with sex and drugs, and is not intended for those who find no humor in marijuana use. Director Tamra Davis starts out the stoned story on a "high" note, as the four main characters discover pot during the ninth grade. Unfortunately, the structure soon collapses and the countless pot jokes become repetitive. The humor evaporates altogether whenever the film focuses on the tepid love story between Dave Chappelle and Rachel True. However, strong performances from Jim Breuer and Harland Williams elevate many of the bland scenes, and Chappelle's performance as Sir-Smoke-A-Lot is absolutely hysterical. The movie also features a number of wonderful cameos, including Willie Nelson, Tommy Chong, and Snoop Doggy Dog. While Chappelle's film cannot rival those of grass gurus Cheech and Chong, many thick-skinned moviegoers in the mood to thumb their noses at political correctness may find merit in this drugged-out effort.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/15/2005
UPC:
0025192544422
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:23:00
Sales rank:
19,968

Special Features

Closed Caption; Alternate ending; Ten deleted scenes; Five minutes with "The Guy on the Couch": Spend time with everyone's favorite "Guy on the Couch"; Different Types of Smokers: Take a deeper look inside Thurgood's stoner culture and his "different smokers" theory; Granny's Guide to Bakin': Granny shows us her favorite recipes guaranteed to satisfy even the worst case of the munchies; Director's commentary with Tamra Davis

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dave Chappelle Thurgood,Sir Smoka Lot
Guillermo Diaz Scarface
Jim Breuer Brian
Harland Williams Kenny
Rachel True Mary Jane
Clarence Williams Samson Simpson
Laura Silverman Jan
Tommy Chong Squirrel Master
Jon Stewart Actor
Snoop Dogg Actor
Stephen Baldwin Actor
Willie Nelson Actor
Janeane Garofalo Actor
Steven Wright Actor
R.D. Reid Actor
Gregg Rogell Actor
Kevin Brennan Actor
Alice Poon Actor
Rick Demas Actor
David Bluestein Actor
Bob Saget Actor

Technical Credits
Tamra Davis Director
Paul Denham Austerberry Art Director
Steven Bernstein Cinematographer
Perry Andelin Blake Production Designer
Neal Brennan Screenwriter
Dave Chappelle Screenwriter
Alf Clausen Score Composer
Joanna Colbert Casting
Julia Dray Associate Producer
Gary S. Gerlich Sound/Sound Designer
Vicki Graef Costumes/Costume Designer
Bob Hall Special Effects
Gary Jones Musical Direction/Supervision
Mark Lane Set Decoration/Design
Richard Legrand Sound/Sound Designer
Martin Malivoire Special Effects
Andrew Shea Asst. Director
Ira Shuman Co-producer
Robert Simonds Producer
Rita Smith Associate Producer
Dean Stewart Special Effects
Don Zimmerman Editor

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. My Last Clear Memory (Main Titles) [4:32]
2. The Ways to Get Weed [6:27]
3. Cop Killer! [4:43]
4. Mary Jane [6:56]
5. Super Weed [4:10]
6. The Fund Raisers [5:32]
7. A Date With Mary Jane [5:01]
8. Gettin' Down With Mr. Nice Guy [12:21]
9. In Trouble With Mary Jane [5:50]
10. Killer Pays the Price [5:16]
11. Mr. Nice Guy [3:18]
12. The Robbery [7:46]
13. Abracadabra [4:16]
14. Done [1:55]
15. End Titles [3:27]
16. The More You Read... [:24]

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