Half Baked

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Half Baked
Half-baked-dvd-cover.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tamra Davis
Produced by Robert Simonds
Uncredited:
Dave Chappelle
Written by Dave Chappelle
Neal Brennan
Starring Dave Chappelle
Guillermo Díaz
Jim Breuer
Harland Williams
Clarence Williams III
Rachel True
Music by Alf Clausen
Cinematography Steven Bernstein
Edited by Don Zimmerman
Production
  company
Robert Simonds Productions
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s)
  • January 16, 1998 (1998-01-16)
Running time 82 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $8 million
Box office $17,460,020[1]

Half Baked is a 1998 American stoner comedy film starring Dave Chappelle, Jim Breuer, Harland Williams and Guillermo Díaz. The film was directed by Tamra Davis, co-written by Chappelle and Neal Brennan (Brennan was later writer and co-creator of Chappelle's Comedy Central show Chappelle's Show) and produced by Robert Simonds.

Plot[edit]

Thurgood Jenkins and his friends Brian and Scarface are forced into selling marijuana stolen from the lab where Thurgood works as a "master of the custodial arts" (janitor). They do this in order to bail their friend Kenny out of jail for $100,000 after he accidentally kills Buttercup, a diabetic police horse, by feeding it junk food. Their business, named Mr. Nice Guy in honor of their good-natured incarcerated friend, becomes immensely popular, even attracting famous clientele. Thurgood's personal life is ruined once his adamantly anti-drug girlfriend, ironically named Mary Jane Potman, discovers that he is Mr Nice Guy.

Soon, all of their lives are in danger once Samson Simpson, a local drug lord, learns that Mr. Nice Guy is costing him business, including his former client rapper Sir Smoke-a-Lot. He threatens to kill them if they do not pay him $20,000 every week. Brian buys a pouch that is supposed to contain the ashes of Jerry Garcia with some of the money they are making, and Scarface buys a rottweiler named Killer.

Thurgood tells police about a future meeting he has with Samson Simpson after they arrest him for stealing marijuana from the laboratory. The police agree to drop the charges if Thurgood wears a wire, that way they can get the proof they need to arrest the drug lord. Before the guys go into Samson's home they smoke a joint in the police van. The cops get high from the second hand smoke. The cops tell them to say "abracadabra" when they have purchased the drugs. During the interview, Samson discovers that Thurgood is wearing a wire and is about to kill them. They scream "abracadabra" into the wire to try to get the cops to save them. But the cops are high from second-hand smoke and busy mocking a letter Thurgood wrote to Mary Jane. A fight breaks out with Samson and his army of women. Brian throws the pouch he bought earlier on the ground. The ghost of Jerry Garcia emerges and hits Samson with a guitar, knocking him out. The police then rush in and recover all of the drugs, and arrest Samson after he wakes up. Thurgood, Brian, and Scarface's deal with the police works to get Kenny a pardon from jail. Thurgood gives up smoking and is able to win back Mary Jane whose dad is a marijuana dealer.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Much of Half Baked was shot in Toronto, Ontario and New York City. Some shooting locations included the R. C. Harris Water Treatment Plant and Yonge Street.

On Inside the Actors Studio in 2006, Chappelle lamented that his original Half Baked script was actually much better than the film turned out to be, specifically that he had intended for the film to be more adult-oriented, and thought that his script had been turned into "a weed movie for kids".

Release[edit]

Box office[edit]

Half Baked hit U.S. theaters on January 16, 1998, earning $7,722,540 in its opening weekend, ranking #6, and, by the end of its run, grossed $17,460,020.[1] With an estimated budget of $8 million,[2] the film can be considered a box office success.[by whom?]

Critical reception[edit]

The film received generally negative reviews, currently holding rating a 19% "rotten" rating by critics based on 24 reviews.[3] On Metacritic, the film received a 16/100 rating, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[4] The film has however garnered a cult following with an 83% audience approval rating rotten tomatoes.

DVD features[edit]

In an alternate ending available on the "Fully Baked Edition" DVD release as a deleted scene, it is revealed that after Kenny returns home from jail, all of the roommates sit down to smoke from "Billy Bong Thornton", an act that was thwarted earlier in the film due to Kenny still being in jail.

The next scene is an extended version of the theatrical ending, in which Thurgood meets Mary Jane on the bridge, and after a short talk with his "joint" he throws it over the side of the bridge, then walks off with Mary Jane. In this version, he has a longer talk with his "joint," throws it off the side of the bridge, and slowly walks away with Mary Jane until they almost disappear on the horizon, but then Thurgood comes running back yelling, "Hold on, weed, I'm coming!" as he hops over the side of the bridge at the spot where he threw the joint over.

The "Fully Baked Edition" includes a segment called "Five Minutes with the Guy on the Couch".

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Half Baked at Box Office Mojo". Retrieved May 20, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Half Baked". Internet Movie Database. Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-12-05. 
  3. ^ "Half Baked". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Half Baked at Metacritic

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