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Half Baked

Half Baked DVD cover
Directed by Tamra Davis
Produced by Robert Simonds
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
Editing by Don Zimmerman
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) January 16, 1998
Running time 82 min.
Language English
Budget $8 million (estimated)

Half Baked is a 1998 stoner comedy film starring Dave Chappelle, Jim Breuer, Harland Williams and Guillermo Díaz. The movie was directed by Tamra Davis, and co-written by star Dave Chappelle and Neal Brennan (Brennan was later a writer on Chappelle's Comedy Central show Chappelle's Show). Cameo appearances include Steven Wright, Tommy Chong, Janeane Garofalo, Willie Nelson, Tracy Morgan, Snoop Dogg, Jon Stewart, Stephen Baldwin, Max Dolcelli and Bob Saget. Jerry Garcia was portrayed by actor David Bluestein, as Garcia had died three years before the film's release.

The film became a cult classic, heralded by many as Dave Chappelle's comic breakthrough. Chappelle's quote from the film, "I wanna talk to Samson!," has created a popular slang term for smoking marijuana with the term being used on J Dilla's track 'Crushin' (Yeeeeah!).

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Plot

Thurgood (Chappelle) and his friends Brian (Breuer) and Scarface (Diaz) are forced into selling marijuana stolen from the lab where Thurgood works as a "master of the custodial arts" (janitor) in order to bail their friend Kenny (Williams) out of jail, after he accidentally kills 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 clientèle. However, Thurgood's personal life is ruined once his adamantly anti-drug girlfriend, ironically named Mary Jane Potman (Rachel True), discovers that he works for 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 Smoka Lot. He threatens to kill them if they do not pay him 20 grand every week. Brian also 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.

However, 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 and 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.

Production

Much of Half Baked was shot in Toronto, Ontario. 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".

Reception

Half Baked hit U.S. theaters on January 16, 1998, grossing $7,722,540 in its opening weekend (#6; #1 at that weekend was Titanic), and grossed in total over $17,000,000. Given the movie's $8,000,000 budget, it can be considered a commercial success as well as a cult favorite.

It holds a 26% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Despite its positive success in America, Half Baked was never shown in Australian cinemas, most likely because of the movie's indiscreet drug topic. The film however did make it to DVD and then eventually to television airings. Half Baked is #81 on Bravo's "100 Funniest Movies."

DVD features

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 movie due to Kenny still being in jail. This scene also implies that it is Thurgood's last time smoking.

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.

In the same alternate ending, it is also revealed that Jan may not really be "a big dyke" as she is caught on the couch with Steven Wright's "guy on the couch" character, when Kenny and the roommates return home from bailing Kenny out of jail.

Brian, Thurgood, Scarface

The "Fully Baked Edition" also includes a segment called "Five Minutes with the Guy on the Couch." The five minute clip depicts a stationary camera filming a man who resembles Steven Wright, as he sleeps on the couch. As clouds of smoke waft in and out of the scene, he turns over several times, farts, scratches his head, removes his socks, and at the end of the scene, he rolls over and falls off of the couch. This feature is reminiscent of the Yule Log, in which a stationary camera films a burning log in a fireplace which is intended for people who do not have a fireplace.

Cultural references

  • During the robbery scene, Scarface wears black clothing and paints his face in a fashion similar to that of the characters in the film Dead Presidents.
  • When Brian is fired from his job, he "flips out" and asks "Who's comin' with me?", just as Tom Cruise does in the movie Jerry Maguire.
  • Thurgood makes a comment to a scientist at his place of employment that his "grandfather was in the Tuskegee experiments." This is a reference to the infamous Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male, where hundreds of poor black men were denied treatment of syphilis to study the effects of the disease.
  • The group named their hookah "Billy Bong Thornton", which is a reference to actor Billy Bob Thornton. The pipe used to smoke the medical marijuana was named "Wesley Pipes", a reference to actor Wesley Snipes. Both actors have appeared in films with drug use as story plots, with Billy Bob Thornton in the successful stoner movie Homegrown. In Spanish dubbed versions, the bowl was named "Scotty Pipas" a reference to Scottie Pippen (pipas translates as pipes).

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Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Half Baked is a 1998 film that is a cult classic and a touchstone for many in the marijuana community, who feel that its humor, silliness, and wisdom were long overdue. It has helped bring the stoner film back into popularity.

Directed by Tamra Davis. Written by Dave Chappelle and Neal Brennan.
A comedy about best buds! (taglines)

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Thurgood

  • Abrakadabra? That`s the newest slang, all the kids are saying it! Abrakadabra my niggha!
  • Abrakadabra! ABRA!
  • [Thurgood when finished with work] Free!!
  • I'm sexy... I'm a scholar... people like me
  • You guys smoke ENTIRELY too much reefer.
  • I got some booty, I got some booty!
  • I, myself, am a master of the custodial arts..or a janitor if you wanna be a dick about it.
  • Let me tell you something: I love weed. I love it! But not as much as I love pussy!

Scarface

  • Yo, The Guy, did you kill my dog? [guy shakes head "no"] I believe him yo, I don't know why, but I do.
  • Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you,... you're cool and fuck you, I'm out!

Other

  • Nasty Nate: So the next time I come for you, I'm gonna want some cocktail...FRUIT!
  • Sir-Smokes-Alot: I want to talk to Samson! Fly me to the moon like that bitch Alice Kramden!
  • Sir-Smokes-Alot: I'm impotent, man! Get away from me, bitch!
  • Kenny: Ya hear that? I'm somebody's bitch!
  • Brian: Get some...sour cream and onion chips, with some dip, man. Some beef jerkey, some peanut butter. Get some Hagen-Dagz ice-cream bars. A whole lotta of chocolate. Gotta have chocolate, man. Some popcorn, pink popcorn. GRAHAM CRACKERS!!! Graham crackers with the marshmallows. Little marshmallows with little chocolate bars and we'll make some s'mores man. Celery, grape jelly, Captain Crunch with the little crunch berries, pizzas, we need two big pizzas, man, everything on 'em, water, a whole lotta water and.......Funyuns.
  • Enhancement Smoker: You ever see the back of a twenty dollar bill... on weed? Oh, there's some crazy shit, man. There's a dude in the bushes. Has he got a gun? I dunno! RED TEAM GO, RED TEAM GO.

Dialogue

Brian: You smoke?
Mary Jane: No my grandmother died from lung cancer.
Brian: That's all the more reason to toke up man! It'll ease the pain!

[Thurgood explains to the detective that they will seem less suspicious in an undercover sting if they are high.]
Brian: I just wanna say that that was a great idea, Thurgood. I mean how do you come up with...
[cut off]
Scarface: Just smoke it, yo.

Samson: I'm gonna take your little Mexican friend here and I'm gonna kill him.
Scarface: I'm Cuban, b!
Samson: Yes, Cuban B!

Brian: I'll pretend I'm jamaican man! Yeah!
Thurgood: You have smoked yourself retarded!

[Kenny is on his way out to get munch]
Kenny: Hey, if I`m not back in 10 minutes call the police.
Thurgood: If hes not back in 10 minutes, we're calling Dominoes!

Brian: Lady, you want seven bucks for a used Kenny Loggins record? I'll give you five.
Woman: Uh-uh. He autographed it himself...
Brian: Okay, I'll give you four.

[Brian, Scarface, and Thurgood are sneaking into the refer lab]
Scarface: Man, you didn't say nothing 'bout no door, yo!
Thurgood: Just chill out, man. I smoked weed here all the time. This door's never locked.
[Scarface opens the door, the alarm goes off]
Thurgood: I didn't say the alarm would be on, though.

Scientist: Janitor? Uh, janitor?
[taps Thurgood, who gets frightened]
Thurgood: Ah! Oh..sorry 'bout that. What is it, scientist?
Scientist: I know this isn't your responsibility but, uh, could you be a dear and run this down to the supply department for me? It's on the second floor. [hands Thurgood a note]
Thurgood: Just run this down?
Scientist: Yes, but make sure you bring the order right back to me. I need it A.S.A.P.
Thurgood: Gotcha. Hey, I know this isn't your responsibility but just wipe the rest of this shit up [hands him a mop] I'll be right back.

Thurgood: Yea. Um, So how long's [your dad] been in [jail]?
Mary Jane: Four years next month.
Thurgood: Four years. And what exactly was he selling?
Mary Jane: Marijuana.
Thurgood: FOUR YEARS JUST FOR WEED?! DAMN!
Mary Jane: Just? No, no, no, no. Not just. Marijuana is terrible. It's a gateway drug. I mean, everybody knows that it leads to other stuff.
Thurgood: Yeah, mostly junk food.

Kenny: [to police horse] Hey girl, you hungry?
Overweight woman: [walking by] Fuck you, nigga!

Thurgood: I'm here today because I'm addicted..to marijuana.
Rehab patient: You in here 'cuz of marijuana?! Man, this is some BULLSHIT!
Bob Saget/Cocaine addict: Marijuana is not a drug. I used to suck dick for coke.
Rehab patient: I seen him [do it]!
Bob Saget/Cocaine addict: Now that's an addiction, man. You ever suck some dick for marijuana?
Thurgood: No, I can't say I have.
Bob Saget/Cocaine addict: I didn't think so.

Samson: Delilah, get me "eight fourteen".
Delilah: [to another woman] Eight fourteen.
Thurgood: [whispers to Scarface and Brian] What the fucks "eight fourteen"?
[she pulls out a crossbow]
Thurgood: AH! I'm sorry y'all, I don't want to be the first nigga to die from a crossbow.

Taglines

  • They'll do anything to save their best bud.
  • Warning: this movie may cause the munchies, cotton mouth, and memory loss!
  • A comedy about best buds!

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