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Silas P. Silas (Method Man) and Jamal King (Redman) are two stoners living in the inner city. Silas is a weed grower, with aspirations of getting his own high tech growing lab. Jamal is just a lazy bum, living with his mom. After Silas's friend Ivory [[ItMakesSenseInContext sets his new dreads on fire and falls out a window to his death,]] Silas decides to use his ashes in a special new weed, and take the [[StealthPun THC's]] to get into college. Meeting Jamal there, they smoke it up, and discover they can see Ivory's ghost, and he can give them all the right answers. With perfect scores, the new friends are accepted into Harvard, much to the uptight Dean's dismay.

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Silas P. Silas (Method Man) ([[Music/WuTangClan Method Man]]) and Jamal King (Redman) are two stoners living in the inner city. Silas is a weed grower, with aspirations of getting his own high tech growing lab. Jamal is just a lazy bum, living with his mom. After Silas's friend Ivory [[ItMakesSenseInContext sets his new dreads on fire and falls out a window to his death,]] Silas decides to use his ashes in a special new weed, and take the [[StealthPun THC's]] to get into college. Meeting Jamal there, they smoke it up, and discover they can see Ivory's ghost, and he can give them all the right answers. With perfect scores, the new friends are accepted into Harvard, much to the uptight Dean's dismay.


* PunnyName: [[{{Superman}} Dean Cain]]

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* PunnyName: [[{{Superman}} Dean Cain]]Creator/DeanCain

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* RepetitiveName: Slias P. Silas.

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* BaitAndSwitch: Ivory was shown getting burned by the fire due to passing out with the cigar that was in his mouth falling out and burning his dreadlocks, causing his entire body to ignite as he falls out of the window and shown hitting the pavement while the flames around his corpse engulf. It is later revealed after his demise that he actually survived the fire. What really killed him was an oncoming bus that ran him over after his celebration of temporary survival.


* MightyWhitey: Lampshaded by the [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad white African-American Studies]] professor, who bemoans Afro-Arab historical figures like UsefulNotes/{{Cleopatra|VII}} and JesusChrist almost always being portrayed as caucasians.

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* MightyWhitey: Lampshaded by the [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad white African-American Studies]] professor, who bemoans Afro-Arab historical figures like UsefulNotes/{{Cleopatra|VII}} and JesusChrist UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} almost always being portrayed as caucasians.


* CaliforniaDoubling: All scenes at "Harvard" were actually filmed at UCLA.


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* DistractedByTheSexy: Upon rolling into Harvard, Silas and Jamal get so distracted by booty, they drive straight into the school sign.


* {{Homage}}: At times, it seems like I Need Money is channeling [[MarxBrothers Harpo Marx]].

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* {{Homage}}: At times, it seems like I Need Money is channeling [[MarxBrothers [[Creator/MarxBrothers Harpo Marx]].


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A 2001 stoner comedy starring Method Man and Redman.

Silas P. Silas and Jamal King are two stoners living in the inner city. Silas is a weed grower, with aspirations of getting his own high tech growing lab. Jamal is just a lazy bum, living with his mom. After Silas's friend Ivory [[ItMakesSenseInContext sets his new dreads on fire and falls out a window to his death,]] Silas decides to use his ashes in a special new weed, and take the [[StealthPun THC's]] to get into college. Meeting Jamal there, they smoke it up, and discover they can see Ivory's ghost, and he can give them all the right answers. With perfect scores, the new friends are accepted into Harvard, much to the uptight Dean's dismay.

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A ''How High'' is a 2001 stoner comedy directed by Jesse Dylan, starring Method Man and Redman.

Silas P. Silas (Method Man) and Jamal King (Redman) are two stoners living in the inner city. Silas is a weed grower, with aspirations of getting his own high tech growing lab. Jamal is just a lazy bum, living with his mom. After Silas's friend Ivory [[ItMakesSenseInContext sets his new dreads on fire and falls out a window to his death,]] Silas decides to use his ashes in a special new weed, and take the [[StealthPun THC's]] to get into college. Meeting Jamal there, they smoke it up, and discover they can see Ivory's ghost, and he can give them all the right answers. With perfect scores, the new friends are accepted into Harvard, much to the uptight Dean's dismay.dismay.


* AllThereInTheManual: The street name of Baby Powder's assistant is listed in the credits as "Baby Wipe".

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* AllThereInTheManual: AllThereInTheScript: The street name of Baby Powder's assistant is listed in the credits as "Baby Wipe".


* MightyWhitey: Lampshaded by the [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad white African-American Studies]] professor, who bemoans Afro-Arab historical figures like {{Cleopatra}} and JesusChrist almost always being portrayed as caucasians.

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* MightyWhitey: Lampshaded by the [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad white African-American Studies]] professor, who bemoans Afro-Arab historical figures like {{Cleopatra}} UsefulNotes/{{Cleopatra|VII}} and JesusChrist almost always being portrayed as caucasians.


* HeyItsThatGuy: [[{{Film/Batman}} Bob the Goon]] is Silas' botany professor!

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** Bonus points for being initially uninterested in Jamal because he's never committed a felony.


** Rap group CypressHill as themselves at the party.

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** Rap group CypressHill Music/CypressHill as themselves at the party.

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No, not what the YesMan asks if his boss orders "Jump!"

A 2001 stoner comedy starring Method Man and Redman.

Silas P. Silas and Jamal King are two stoners living in the inner city. Silas is a weed grower, with aspirations of getting his own high tech growing lab. Jamal is just a lazy bum, living with his mom. After Silas's friend Ivory [[ItMakesSenseInContext sets his new dreads on fire and falls out a window to his death,]] Silas decides to use his ashes in a special new weed, and take the [[StealthPun THC's]] to get into college. Meeting Jamal there, they smoke it up, and discover they can see Ivory's ghost, and he can give them all the right answers. With perfect scores, the new friends are accepted into Harvard, much to the uptight Dean's dismay.
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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Even if that girl happens to be the Vice President's daughter.
* AllThereInTheManual: The street name of Baby Powder's assistant is listed in the credits as "Baby Wipe".
* ArmorPiercingSlap: Silas delivers one to Jeffery (see N Word Privileges, below), while Baby Powder gives one to the Vice President in the outtake reel during the closing credits.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: "Our classes range from, 1) Hatred for the White Devil, 2) Advanced Hatred for the White Devil, and 3) Volleyball."
* AxCrazy: [[spoiler:Dean Cain]] becomes this at the end of the movie--complete with [[AnAxeToGrind actual ax]], no less--when [[spoiler:he gets fired]].
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Silas is an overall nice guy, but when Jeffery bucks up and tries to pick a fight, he learns that Silas has a little ghetto toughness in him, courtesy of getting a screw in his head tightened ''by hand.''
* BlitheSpirit
* BookDumb: Silas. Even without a proper education, he's crossbred several varieties of marijuana to create cures for minor ailments such as bad breath, blue balls, crabs, and "limp dick", as well as an aphrodisiac.
* BrainBleach: When Gerald is searching Silas and Jamal's room for contraband during the costume party, he finds something under one of the beds--a used condom.
--> '''Gerald:''' ''*making a verbal note to himself*'' Sterilize hands tonight. Sterilize hands tonight with anti-bacterial cream, many times.
* ButtMonkey: Jeffery.
** Mostly brought on by himself, for going through a particularly shady hazing process at one of the fraternities.
* CaliforniaDoubling: All scenes at "Harvard" were actually filmed at UCLA.
* CelebrityParadox: When Tuan confronts Baby Powder after the costume party, Powder asks him what he's listening to on his headphones, to which he replies "Wu Tang". One of the members of Wu Tang Clan is Method Man, the man who plays Silas.
* TheCameo:
** Rap group CypressHill as themselves at the party.
** Chuck Lidell in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment at the party.
* DeanBitterman: Dean Cain
* FunWithAcronyms: In this little exchange.
-->'''Dean Cain:''' What are you wearing?\\
'''Tuan:''' BUFU.\\
'''Dean Cain:''' BUFU?\\
'''Tuan:''' "By us, fuck you."
* HeyItsThatGuy: [[{{Film/Batman}} Bob the Goon]] is Silas' botany professor!
* HilariousOuttakes: Some of these are played at the beginning of the closing credits.
* {{Homage}}: At times, it seems like I Need Money is channeling [[MarxBrothers Harpo Marx]].
* ImStandingRightHere: In one scene, Silas asks Lauren when she'll be telling Bart that "she sees him for the shallow bastard he is, and that she's leaving his ass for Silas", then the camera pans over as Silas leaves, showing Bart standing there seething quietly.
* ImagineSpotting: Apparently, everyone could see the giant, pot-induced vision of Jamal's mom during the rowing meet.
* InVinoVeritas: After a couple of pot brownies, Dean Cain goes from uptight uncle tom, to a funky-dancing, slightly foul-mouthed party animal.
* JerkJock: Bart.
* LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand: Once, when Silas is admiring Lauren's historical artifacts while the two of them have a beer together, the romantic BGM is interrupted in this fashion when Bart walks in on them.
* LineOfSightName: Jamal calls I Need Money by his moniker, because the day they met, he wrote down on a slip of paper "I Need Money."
* MightyWhitey: Lampshaded by the [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad white African-American Studies]] professor, who bemoans Afro-Arab historical figures like {{Cleopatra}} and JesusChrist almost always being portrayed as caucasians.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: One of the scenes involves food falling onto the floor of the dean's office in a very dramatic slow-motion fashion.
* TheNapoleon: Dean Cain. Fittingly, at the staff's Halloween party, he's dressed as Napoleon, while his statue-esque (white) wife is dressed as Empress Josephine.
* NeighborhoodFriendlyGangsters: Silas acts more like a pharmacist than a drug dealer.
* NWordPrivileges: Surprisingly averted. Silas makes sure everyone knows, ''no one'' is to say the N word around him.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: At the end of the movie, [[spoiler:I Need Money speaks]].
* PunnyName: [[{{Superman}} Dean Cain]]
* RasputinianDeath: Ivory. Unusual for a non-villain, he accidentally sets himself on fire, falls out a multi-story window, and is run over by a bus.
* RecordNeedleScratch: When Ivory's date meets him in person, with his new dreads, and his "Mark of Buddha"
-->'''Woman:''' Oh, oh, '''HELL''' no!
* StickyFingers: In the scene where Silas is making the "special brownies" for Dean Cain, I Need Money tries (but fails) to steal the milk bottle.
** I Need Money is seen stealing many things over the course of the movie.
* TheVoiceless: I Need Money.
* TooMuchInformation: While Silas' truth serum initially has a nasty side effect (see below), it nonetheless is ''very'' effective in loosening people's tongues.
-->'''Tuan:''' When I was twelve, I used to ''love'' watching my dogs hump. We used to have a ''good'' time.
* TruthSerum: Silas makes a new kind of this as his major project for his Botany class.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Tuan lets loose a ''geyser'' of vomit while helping Silas beta-test his truth serum.
-->'''Silas:''' [[{{Understatement}} I'm-a have to tweak this shit a little.]]
* YourCostumeNeedsWork: Baby Powder and his assistant crash the Lovell House costume party in search of their "bitches", but Tuan is more amused than worried when he sees them there.
--> '''Powder:''' ''*bursts into the room*'' Where my bitches at?!\\
'''Tuan:''' You got the voice down, but those outfits no good!\\
'''Powder:''' What's wrong with my shit?\\
'''Tuan:''' Homie, puh-''lease''! Your Halloween costume! If you pimp, you ''broke'' pimp! Ha-ha-ha-ha!
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