How High Movie Review
Comedy sinks to a new low in How High, a movie that thinks stupidity is just as good as intelligence. The characters are stupid, yet they excel, the script is bad, yet it thinks its funny, and the whole movie is downright terrible, yet it somehow thinks it is big screen material.
How How High became a box office success is beyond me; this is one of the worst comedies I have ever seen. All it does is play off every bad cliché from every bad movie ever made. A couple of complete losers somehow get into Harvard, so there we have the fish-out-of-water scenario, and of course one of them meets a nice, smart girl who just happens to be dating the captain of the crew team, who is a complete asshole. For some reason, the girl is taken with this newcomer, even though she is totally out of his league in every respect (not ALL women try to date losers). Also, the Dean is searching for a way to get them expelled, and their roommates are two sexually-deprived nerds, a studious geek and a sex-craving Asian exchange student, who shouts, "I love America" when he finally gets laid. Does this not sound like a hundred other films?
Method Man and Redman's involvement says it all. They actually do a decent job considering the material, but that doesn't say anything. Nevertheless, when you have actors that don't even have real names, you know you're in trouble (Ice Cube and LL Cool J are exceptions). I realize that they are trying to play to their selective audience, but just because people listen to their music or whatever does not mean that they want to watch a piece of crap. There are a few funny parts but not many; the script is bad and crude, the story is superbly cheesy, and even the direction is terrible. I could film a better movie with my $1000 digital camera.
I didn't expect much from How High, but unfortunately I was surprised to find it was even worse than imagined. Maybe Method Man and Redman think that black America, the target audience for this movie, are just as idiotic as them, but they're sorely mistaken.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.