Stoner comedy following in the footsteps of Cheech and Chong. Rap artists Method Man and Redman star as two weed-smoking buddies who, after smoking something especially magical, become gifted with incredible brainpower - and do so well in their college entrance exams that they are offered places at Harvard University. Once embarked on the Ivy League trail, however, the friends run out of their supernatural supply, and have to find more inventive ways to complete their education...
Grab your favourite munchies: Red and Meth, that dope-addled dynamic duo, are going to Harvard. And while it's not exactly demanding viewing, How High
is destined to become a guilty pleasure of the cannabis crowd. The plot's a familiar one--take the basic selling points of any Cheech & Chong movie (a pair of shambolic protagonists who smoke lots of weed and drive funky 70s-style cars), graft them onto a generic "raising hell on campus" teen movie scenario and shake vigorously. The result is a prosaic effort that does contain some all-too-brief moments of genuine humour. Red and Meth, aka Redman and Method Man, may look like the world's oldest freshmen, but both offer genial performances, especially Method Man, who imbues the character of Silas with a dog-eared gentleness that raises him above the film's leaden script and plastic directing. --Rebecca Levine