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You Must be This High To Watch This

January 30, 2009

So the Oscars are coming up. I haven’t talked too much about them, but in the upcoming weeks I’m going to try to be catching up on films, so I thought I’d start doing some movie blogging. While there are plenty of good films in the theatres these days, I thought I’d start with a less then great movie, Super High Me.

You’ve probably heard of the documentary Super Size Me by Morgan Spurlock. Well just imagine that, except a guy gets high for thirty days straight. Upon hearing the synopsis I thought this film could go two ways – either be very interesting, or incredibly stupid. Sadly, it was the later. 
The saddest part was that the film touched upon interesting topics. The film had him perform tests before and after smoking. It observed him during therapy sessions, and it even attempted to tackle heavier political issues revolving around medical marijuana. Yet the film sadly failed to address any of these topics with anything smaller than a broad-view. 
I believe Super Size Me worked because its protagonist was interesting. He diagnosed the effects his experiment were having on him, and addressed them in serious light. In Super High Me the protagonist was a stoner, and as a result offered no great insight to his experiences. Of course this didn’t fully surprise me, but it was sad to see a film with some kind of potential flail about on the screen and turn itself into a mock-up of its own premise. 
One word review: meh. You’re not missing anything on this one. I think we all know what smoking does to people. And watching a stoner get high for thirty days straight is about as exciting as it sounds. 
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