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Super High Me 

Directed by Michael Blieden

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[image-4]Published July 10, 2008.
Super High Me
Directed by: Directed by Michael Blieden
(Universal Studios)
Comedian and marijuana enthusiast Doug Benson is a semi-funny guy who's amassed a lot of very funny friends. Many of them---including Patton Oswalt and Bob Odenkirk---show up for cameos in Super High Me, a comedic doc that shows Benson staying sober for 30 days, then getting fantastically high for the next 30. The film's inspired by a lame Super Size Me joke in Benson's act; apparently Michael Blieden (director of The Comedians of Comedy) heard Benson's joke and became inspired. The result: A film that's unfocused (which is unsurprising, given its subject). Super High Me chronicles Benson's pot-fueled journey, but also has a weird political axe to grind---there's much footage depicting federal raids of California-state-sanctioned medicinal marijuana shops that's never effectively tied in with the rest of the movie. I suppose all the footage tangentially supports Benson and Blieden's conclusion that getting stoned is super fun and relatively harmless (Benson scores higher on the SATs stoned than he does sober), but the film's thesis never feels more than half-baked. Besides: Benson's funniest when riffing with his more amusing friends, like Oswalt and Paul F. Tompkins---which makes you wish the movie was about them instead.
---Lindsay McCarney


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