Here's something that will really make your head spin: "How High" is the first feature film from director Jesse Dylan, as in son of Bob.
After making commercials and music videos for brother Jakob's band, The Wallflowers, among others he's taken his dad's lyrics urging everyone to get stoned a little too literally. No amount of the most mind-altering drug could make this movie funny.
Rappers Method Man and Redman replant old Cheech and Chong seeds as stoners Silas and Jamal, who invent an extraordinarily strong strain of marijuana that gets them into
Harvard. The plant contains the ashes of a friend who died he fell asleep while smoking a joint and lit his dreadlocks on fire and who appears to them as a ghost to give them the right answers to tests.
This is trying to be a black version of "Animal House." There's an uptight dean, similar to Faber College's Dean Wormer, whose office the students vandalize in the middle of the night. There's a wild bash, like the Delta House toga party, but it takes place in Silas and Jamal's dorm room, and the guests include pimps and prostitutes.
There's a band that performs, but instead of Otis Day, it's Cypress Hill, whose songs include "Hits from the Bong." And all the shenanigans reach a madcap climax at the annual alumni dinner, sort of like the big parade at the end of "Animal House."
"How High" is just as misogynistic and racist as "Not Another Teen Movie," the year's worst movie. And while the white people are depicted as uptight elitists, the black characters, with a couple of exceptions, are over-the-top ghetto fools.
The only thing that barely redeems it from worst-movie-of-the-year status is its soundtrack of songs by OutKast, DMX, Cypress Hill and of course Method Man and Redman.
"How High" is rated R for pervasive drug use and language, crude sexual dialogue, female nudity, simulated sex and use of racial epithets. Running time: 94 minutes.
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