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Sure, let's prosecute scum like the late Pablo Escobar or some low life like that but these pointless foolish celebrity cases of an entertaining doofus who likes bongs are utterly meaningless.
There is a lot to like in this film. The film recounts Chong's life story and he is an interesting character; he grew up half-Chinese, half-Caucasian in 1950s Canada. Chong also played guitar as a member of the 1960s rock band the Vancouvers, for whom he wrote a top-40 hit ("Does Your Mama Know About Me").
The film does a good job of recounting Chong's initial meeting with Cheech Marin and the beginnings of their career as "Cheech and Chong." I did not think that the film did a particularly good job of explaining Cheech's decision to disband Cheech and Chong. The only interviews with Cheech are archival and Cheech's absence is obvious throughout A/K/A Tommy Chong.
The presentation of Chong's drug case is more "hit and miss." Viewers likely will be fascinated at the steps to which the Feds went to bust Chong. (According to Chong, his company did not ship bongs to Pennsylvania because his employees knew that it was illegal; the film details the contrivances the Feds used to get Chong to ship the bongs that ultimately landed him in prison to Pennsylvania). It is difficult to believe that the U.S. Government spent over $12 million to put Chong in jail. While one may question whether there was a vendetta against Chong, it is revealing that he was the lone defendant without a prison record (of 55 charged) to serve jail time.
Other aspects of the film are not as interesting.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Anyone and everyone who is pro-legalization (or otherwise) should read this book! Tommy weaves enough humor to make this a great summer read!Published 1 month ago by Uncle Mike
Great film. Insane what the Bush/Cheney inquisition (department of injustice) did to this good man and his family.Published 19 months ago by S. Bove
I been waitin to watch it with sum friends but havnt had a chance yet but I seen previews of it and it was greatPublished on October 7, 2013 by Jeremey Hayes
I enjoy watching Cheech and Chong movies !! A documentary of the bad time that Chong had . Never really knew what happened during that time . Now I do . Five Stars !! Read morePublished on October 5, 2013 by Ghost Rider