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Film / Half Baked

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Scarface: Don't worry, man. All we gotta do to get you out is to get ten percent of ten million dollars. Which by our calculations is...
Brian: ...Fucking impossible, man!

A 1998 movie about four stoner friends (Dave Chappelle, Jim Breuer, Harland Williams and Guillermo Díaz) living in New York City. One of them feeds a diabetic police horse candy (he didn't know it was diabetic) and is arrested as a Cop Killer (yes, it's a comedy). The rest of the movie is about how his friends have to raise $100,000 to bail him out of jail.

Extremely funny, as long as you don't have a problem with foul language and marijuana use. Jon Stewart recommends you watch it on weeeeed.


  • Alliterative Name: Sampson Simpson.
  • Badass Boast: Sampson's "Class dismissed".
  • Bodyguard Babes: Sampson's bodyguards. Doubles as Stripperiffic.
  • Big Eater: Brian is implied to be one, as his Long List of food he asks for during the munchies would suggest.
  • Brick Joke: In a seeming throw-away gag, Brian buys "Jerry Garcia-In-A-Pouch". During the movie's climax, Brian, pulls out the pouch, starts praying to it, then throws it, and out pops...Jerry Garcia, who then proceeds to deck Sampson Simpson with his guitar.
  • The Cameo:
  • Closed Door Rapport: Thurgood and Mary Jane have a conversation in this fashion.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Brian, probably from smoking himself stupid. His eulogy for Killer has got to be seen.
    Thurgood: I never thought I'd say this to anybody but, you've been smoking entirely too much reefer.
  • Cool Old Lady: The old woman who is the only one Scarface doesn't curse at on his way out. He instead tells her "you're cool" and gets a thumbs up.
  • Covers Always Lie: Scarface and Kenny are noticeably absent from the poster making everyone think the film is probably is only about Thurgood and Brian.
  • Defeat by Modesty: A cascading one, at that. Sampsons' Bodyguard Babes have the heroes on the ropes, when Scarface tackles the blonde busty one. They roll around on the floor and she ends up on top, ready to pound his face in, when he notes that her breast fell out during the struggle. Not only does her embarrassed attempt to fix the mishap allow Scarface to knock her out, but the heroes used the other henchwomen's distraction to turn the tables.
  • Does That Sound Like Fun to You?
    Mary Jane Potman: My father was a drug dealer.
    Thurgood Jenkins: That must've been the shit.
    Mary Jane Potman: It ruined his life.
    Thurgood Jenkins: That must've been shitty.
  • Fan Disservice: The naked inmates in the communal prison shower.
  • Generation Xerox: The "After School Special" smoker and the "I'm 40 but still cool and wondering how to bond with my son" smoker.
    Thurgood: Of course, across town, the kid's nanna is getting high to treat her glaucoma.
    Nanna: And it's good for my arthritis, too.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Thurgood stating "I don't know which one of these categories we fall into, but I'll tell you this; we ain't no goddamn potheads" as he, his friends (all of whom are smoking joints) and even the dog, Killer are all textually labeled "pothead".
  • MacGyvering: "The MacGyver smoker is a very handy guy to have around, especially when it comes to reefer." Also doubles as Noodle Implements in the same segment.
  • A Minor Kidroduction: The four friends smoked weed for the first time a kids during the mid-80s.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Sir Smoka Lot is, essentially, a caricature of Snoop Dogg (who was originally going to play the part).
  • Obfuscating Disability: Sampson Simpson
  • Only Sane Man: Thurgood is surprisingly cool under pressure compared to the other three.
  • Prison Rape:
  • Refuge in Audacity You just have to watch it.
  • Shout-Out: Billy Bong Thornton and Wesley Pipes are just a few examples.
  • Sorry, I'm Gay:
    Brian: Hey, Jan... will you be my girlfriend?
    Jan: Well, I would, but I'm gay. I'm a big dyke.
    Brian: Oh. What's that like?
  • The Stinger: A weird PSA-like message from the cast to visit your local library to learn more about marijuana and other illegal substances.
  • The Stoner/Stoners Are Funny: The whole point of the movie.
    • Erudite Stoner: Brian, as well as some of the various stoners the guys meet.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: When Thurgood is struggling with giving up marijuana he decides to go to rehab and when he announces he there because he is addicted to marijuana, the crowd rips into him and boos him for wasting their time. As funny as the scene is, it’s also very real. To someone who was so addicted to cocaine he gave another man oral sex for it, your missing a recreational drug is not something he will take seriously. Thurgood is promptly booed out of the meeting.
  • Take This Job and Shove It: Scarface deploys this trope in epic fashion.
    Scarface: Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you, you're cool, and fuck you, I'm out!
  • Villain Cred: Parodied when the newly-imprisoned Kenny complains that he's "not getting the respect a cop-killer deserves." While he did technically kill a member of the police force, that member was a diabetic horse that he accidentally killed by feeding it too many sweets.
  • Wardrobe Malfunction: One of the Bodyguard Babes suffering a malfunction in the middle of a fight scene allows the heroes to triumph.
  • Watch It Stoned: Obviously.
  • Whatever Happened to the Mouse?: It is unknown what happened to Jan, Brian’s coworker from the music store he got fired from in movie, who joined him in selling marijuana, as she disappeared after Scarface’s doberman was killed by Sampson’s goons.
  • Window Love: The Trope Namer.

"I don't do drugs, though. Just weed."



Scarface resigns in epic fashion.

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