This movie was completely different from what I was expecting. If you watch the trailer, it makes it seem like a different genre. I was ready for a dead-pan over-the-top corporate/spy comedy. What I got was an amusing character study about a man who works undercover with the FBI, building a price-fixing case against the company that employs him. The one thing that this movie isn’t, is a comedy. (That makes sense right? I’m high… I can’t tell if it does or not.)
It’s not a bad film, it’s borderline great actually. However, I must warn you, Don’t See This Movie High. I was bored and a little angry that the movie wasn’t as funny as advertised. Being kind, it’s a Dramedy. I only laughed out loud once, but I did smile during most of it. It’s amusing, but not worthy of a pot-induced burst of laughter.
What I Smoked: Half a Blunt
I’m not capable of smoking an entire Black & Mild blunt alone, so I usually pack it halfway, cut off the excess paper, then smoke it. Perfect for smoking in public, trust me. (Just keep the mouthpiece on) After buying the movie ticket, I realized I couldn’t sit through this movie with dry mouth. The $4 Pepsi Icee I bought was one of the only enjoyable things during this experience.
Plot: The U.S. government decides to go after an agri-business giant with a price-fixing accusation, based on the evidence submitted by their star witness, vice president turned informant Mark Whitacre.
I know it seems like I didn’t like this movie, and honestly at the time, I didn’t. But I’m not blaming the script of the directing or anything like that. I’m blaming the fact that I was high. This is a great movie, but a terrible movie to watch while under the influence of Mary Jane. Also, I may have a bit of bias, as Matt Damon is one of my favorite actors working today. From The Bourne Trilogy ( I’m really hoping for the rumored 4th installment) to Good Will Hunting, I think the guy is super talented and this is just further proof.
However, as made evident by the plot, the dialogue and overall story was pretty bland. Lots of rapid-fire FBI lingo and corporate mumbo-jumbo that would have been more effective, had I not been so freaking high. And although this movie seems to be 100% about the undercover work between Whitacre (Matt Damon) and the FBI (Scott Bakula and Joel McHale), it only lasted for about 30 minutes of the movie. I’m not gonna ruin it (because I think you SHOULD see this movie, just not high), but the story turns the corner at the half-way point.
The best thing this movie has going for it, is the cast. Everyone involved, from the lead to the supporting actors made the movie what it is (intriguing) . Seeing comedians like ‘The Soup’s‘ Joel McHale, Patton Oswalt, Paul F. Tompkins, and Tom Papa play against type (FBI Agents, CEO’s, and Lawyers) was both weird and entertaining at the same time. The ending was extremely satisfying and was for me, my favorite part. I wouldn’t call it a twist ending, but it is definitely not expected.
So, for the last time, Don’t See This Movie High, but do see it sober. They managed to turn a corporate price-fixing FBI case file into an amusing, decent way to spend a Friday afternoon.
Favorite Scene: Whitacre, while at a meeting and deep undercover, adjusts the tape recorder that tapes the meetings in plain view. (So knowing that was the funniest part of the movie, I can’t stress this hard enough- Don’t See This Movie High.)
Watch Stoned or Sober?: Sober. This is the first comedy in months I wouldn’t recommend seeing blazed.
Overall Score: 6.5 outta 10 (if sober, it would be at least an 8 outta 10)
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