Super High Me
(R, 1:30:08, Released 2007)
|Genres:||Documentary, Special Interest|
|Release Date:||Oct 13, 2007|
|DVD Release Date:||Jun 17, 2008|
|Starring:||Doug Benson, Alex Campbell, Don Duncan, Graham Elwood, Marc Emery, Calvin Frye|
|Directed by:||Michael Blieden|
|Synopsis:||Taking inspiration from Morgan Spurlock's Super Size Me, Michael Blieden's documentary Super High Me charts what happens to comedian Doug Benson as he spends thirty days smoking marijuana. Benson also abstains from the drug for thirty days so that the movie can highlight the various differences between clean-living and waking and baking. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi|
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April 3, 2013
Super High Me is a hilarious documentary about comedian Doug Benson who smokes weed for thirty days and documents the effects of his experiment. Obviously this is a stoner parody of Morgan Spurlock's Super Size Me, and it is a pretty good idea. The film also takes a look at why marijuana should be legalized. As his experiment ensues, Benson interviews patients who use it on a regular basis and give their reasons as to why they use it. There's some great comedy here along with some serious material, and this is a worthwhile documentary that should be seen by any viewer looking for something truly entertaining to watch. Although far from perfect, Super High Me definitely overcomes its shortcoming by offering the viewer something different. We get to see the hilarious results of Doug Benson as he tells his jokes under the influence, and what it does. I really enjoyed the documentary, but I felt it could have been better considering the subject matter. If you enjoy these types of films, I suggest you give it a shot. Through all the craziness, there is something good here, and it should be seen as a mindless piece of documentary filmmaking with few serious points on the legalizing issue. Benson presents some original material here that has just got to be seen. The film is flawed, but very funny and manages to get some effective points across despite the funny experiments and effects of pot for 30 days straight.
August 3, 2012
"4:20. 24/7. 30 Days"
So, Super High Me is a movie that takes Morgan Spurlock's hit documentary Super Size Me, and only changes one thing; instead of eating McDonald's for 30 days, Doug Benson will smoke weed for 30 days. Before doing so, he will abstain from marijuana for a month, to see the changes in his personality and health from not smoking to smoking. They kind of failed in this regard though because they could have gone much more in depth, but decided to fill the time with Benson's standup routine. As it is, it's still a decent and funny little ripoff documentary.
If this movie proves anything... well it didn't really. I don't know if the filmmaker intended on teaching us anything about the effects of marijuana, but he didn't. The film is kind of irritating, in that it doesn't really have a reason to exist. Spurlock wanted to show the effects of eating McDonald's for 30 straight days, and it Benson just wanted an excuse to get high for 30 straight days.
I enjoyed the film for the most part, but the critic in me just can't get over what a missed opportunity this was. You could have tried to really prove that there's no harmful effects from marijuana, yet you just let this comic make it look like all pot smokers are the cliché slow talking, idiots. Part of it is an act and that's what makes me angrier.
I know this movie wasn't trying to make a case for legalization and that's what let the part of me that enjoyed it take over more. Not every weed movie has to be an activist for it, so I can understand the approach of really just having fun and also kind of promoting medical marijuana in the process. This movie won't help or hurt your view on marijuana. It just merely exists.
April 6, 2012
A funny look at pot. I believe it works as medicine.. but it's also pretty annoying when you have to spend any kind of time with stoners. I don't smoke weed at all, but I don't think it should be illegal. I liked how funny and factual this documentary was.
June 11, 2011
Super High Me is nowhere near the invasive and dramatic film it parodies, Super Size Me. The entire premise is based on smoking marijuana for thirty days, being sober for thirty days prior. Tacked on is the fight between California dispensaries protected under state law, versus the federal government, which does not enforce aforementioned law. All the while we switch back to comedian Doug Benson, on the road for his stand-up comedy, commenting on the experiment and making pot related jokes. He also talks and interviews with fellow comedians who make their living off of drug related material. There are several tests done on Benson, including lung capacity, sperm count, and psychic ability, but none of these tests proves anything, and doesn't make a statement about the industry at all. It isn't until the very end that the argument for legalization comes to a head, citing the supposed increase in government revenue...which is the only plausible thing said in this entire film. If they had stuck to a documentary on the dispensaries' fight, and the history of marijuana illegality, it would have been an interesting film. Benson is marginally funny, but mostly stumbles around with glazed over eyes.
June 22, 2009
Little did I know what I had signed myself up for when I saw this one. I mean, it felt like it could have gone either way, and be everything from a half-hearted rip-off of Supersize Me, to something genuinely funny and entertaining. To my great relief, however, it leaned more towards the latter than the former. Doug Benson is a hilarious guy, and the comedic material he's brought to this movie is some of the funniest I've seen in a while. Be sure to take it with a pinch of salt though, because as you may have guessed, it doesn't hold much political value.
November 28, 2008
A funny and very enjoyable documentary.
July 5, 2008
I've been meaning to write a review about this for a while, but I've been too stoned. When Doug says in his standup, "So I will be smoking pot all day every day for thirty days in a row", I would have heckled in reply, "Welcome to my life!!!"
A nice blend of stoner humor and serious documentary film-making on the political movement and people affected by the battle for legalization of marijuana in America. I'm a well rounded pothead, so I love this approach of going serious to silly several times in the same reel. ssssssmoke!
I'm totally high right now, and I love this movie. I woke up yesterday wanting to watch it again, and I wasn't even high then.
I sound daring to say this is innovative. I guess some of the activists in the movie really got to me, esp the guy who opened the first dispensary primarily for AIDS patients and when he talked about his place getting raided, he referenced Stonewall, saying to the state police, "Don't you realize - these people are going to fight back?!" Pulled at my little gay stoned lung pipes.
But there's hard-hitting stuff for everyone - who doesn't love a blunt paraplegic or a cute honor student with cancer? And since the film is set against the backdrop of the standup comedy profession, you're treated to snippets throughout that prove why Doug should be the #1 pot comic in this year's High Times.
June 24, 2008
This guy is funny!
The focus was more on the humor than the experiment, but I guess that's the point of the movie.
Respect for Doug Benson by the way; smoking for 30 days from the moment he wakes up to the moment he goes to sleep. Quite an achievement :)
June 21, 2008
Entertaining documentary that's a brainier take on the subject of drugs in today's society. Pretty funny, too.
July 7, 2008
Admittedly trivial but consistently amusing doc about the effects of pot use a la Spurlock.
May 16, 2009
I thought this film touched on a very important issue (legalization!) and was also REALLY funny. I never heard of Doug Benson before but his stand-up throughout the film was great. You also learn about drug laws, history, etc. Overall, very good.
October 7, 2008
Good to watch once, but no repeated viewings.
August 11, 2008
I thought this was just fucking stupid. He is not funny at all. There wasn't another stoner comic that could have done this?
October 23, 2013
Well this rather unfunny comic gets to hang out some cool people (Sarah Silverman, Ian Roberts, Brian Posehn, Zach Galifianakis, etc.). Supposed to an obvious play on Super Size Me, but doesnt come out as more than a stoner's video diary.
January 16, 2013
Doug Benson's spoof on Super Size Me starts off really well and is very informative. Benson's act is very one dimensional and he is funny in small doses but it total shtick. He stays sober for 30 days, the best part of the movie and when he goes 30 days smoking all day it just seems like he is doing his act. It doesnt help that every time he is shown performing comedy he makes reference to Super High Me. Still, it is entertaining for a while.
March 22, 2012
I'm a Doug Benson fan... I've seen him several times live, I enjoy his podcast and was bummed out when his Interruption show wasn't picked up by Comedy Central... but this movie just seemed a bit tedious to me. Maybe it's because I don't partake, but seeing him constantly stoned wasn't that compelling. Maybe I just wasn't all that surprised to learn marijuana isn't all that harmful.
fb9426219December 6, 2011
This movie does not bring enough testing and data to merit being made and it surprisingly does not try and make up for it with comedy. Doug Benson is a gifted comedian, but this movie does not really showcase his skills. Sadly it misses the mark for a political statement and for entertainment.
May 1, 2011
This movie was just a low budget documentary about medical marijuana. This movie pretty much promoted smoking instead of warning people to not do it. I hated that message. It made cops and federal agents look like the bad guys but really they aren't. I am against smoking, drugs and alcohol abuse or usage to an extreme. I don't do any of that and this movie didn't make me happy knowing it was telling people it's ok to do drugs instead of avoid it like "Super Size Me" showed the issues and problems of fast food. This glorified drugs and pot and that is one shitty message. But it was somewhat interesting to watch to see how different you are comparing when you're high or not. But still what a fucking shitty message to put out to the public. Smoking pot is worse than cigarettes and is an unhealthy life style.
April 18, 2011
This was an undoubtedly funny satire of Super Size Me (and Doug Benson's stand-up alone is worthy of taking the time to see this movie), but it was also eye-opening. It was particularly distrubing to watch the DEA infringe on state's rights, specifically California's proposition 215 and thus it wasn't simply about some stoners who want to get baked 24/7.
March 22, 2011
I don't smoke pot. However, I'm a big fan of Doug Benson. That begin said I was certainly impressed. He does, briefly, discuss the issue of federal vs. state laws regarding marijuana's legality. All in all, he took it more seriously than I imagine others would. It is definitely worth a view. Funny man with funny friends.
June 18, 2009
An entertaining documentary of the effects of pot... it was not very scientific but fun to watch... an interesting perspective of the legalization of marijuana... I also learned about that state laws can be overturned by federal laws they may contradict...
April 20, 2009
This cannot be compared to Super Size Me. Test scores are compared before and after Doug is high for 30 days, but other than that the entire movie feels only like a promotion for Doug's stand up acts and an excuse for glorifying pot.
March 19, 2009
I absolutely love this movie and everything that it stands for! Legalize it, dont criticize it!
Watched on 3-18-09
January 23, 2009
Other than a few good clips of footage from some interesting places, events, and stoners, this doesn't offer much insight. There's people's opinions, but it would've been more interesting if there would've been more extensive, scientific testing.
December 11, 2008
I don't know how high you have to be to enjoy this movie but I wasn't there. Seemed liked this guy needed to associate with weed for anyone to watch his skits. I did not finish it.