How High

December 21st, 2001


How High

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Two guys by the name of Silas and Jamal decided to one day smoke something magical, which eventually helps them to ace their college entrance exam.

Release Year: 2001

Rating: 5.7/10 (21,015 voted)

Critic's Score: 29/100

Director: Jesse Dylan

Stars: Method Man, Redman, Obba Babatundé

Two guys by the name of Silas and Jamal decided to one day smoke something magical, which eventually helps them to ace their college entrance exam. This eventually lands them in Harvard, where they're surrounded by the world of Ivy Leaguers. Although their new lifestyle is much different from back home, they kept on having fun until their supernatural smoke runs out. Now, they are on their own and they have to rely on each other to survive.

Method Man - Silas P. Silas
Redman - Jamal King
Obba Babatundé - Dean Carl Cain
Mike Epps - Baby Powder
Anna Maria Horsford - Mamma King
Fred Willard - Philip Huntley
Jeffrey Jones - Vice President
Hector Elizondo - Bill the Crew Coach
Lark Voorhies - Lauren
Al Shearer - I Need Money
Chuck Deezy - Ivory - Ghost (as Chuck Davis)
Essence Atkins - Jamie
Chris Elwood - Bart
T.J. Thyne - Gerald
Justin Urich - Jeffrey

Taglines: They've got their degrees all rolled up.


Official Website: Universal |

Release Date: 21 December 2001

Filming Locations: Ambassador Hotel - 3400 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $9,779,850 (USA) (23 December 2001) (1266 Screens)

Gross: $31,155,435 (USA) (24 February 2002)

Technical Specs

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Did You Know?

In creating the sound for the mystical pot plant (Ivory), sound designer Andrew Somers (uncredited) used a Theremin and a set of Obsidian Chimes. For the sound of the giant bong, (and the sound of Ivory appearing) they recorded inhaling through an actual bong.

Factual errors: Silas and Jamal dig up the grave of president John Quincy Adams in an unspecified cemetery, when in reality, the president is actually buried in a family crypt beneath the United First Parish Church.

Tuan: Your costumes, man! If you pimp, you BROKE pimp!

User Review

Cheech and Chong see the Millenium


It's been done before in "Friday", and "Up in Smoke." There's no great plot line. There's no moral plea. There's no character development, cool graphics, intense cinematography or internal conflict. And yet.

This movie defies all the rules of story writing and film making. The absolute preposterousness of the storyline alone is intellectually offensive. And yet.

It was hilarious. From beginning to end, I laughed.

Warning: This is what my mother would call "ignorant humor". The things that in the opinion of the majority degrade and offend, but for some reason are funny.

Rappers Method Man (Wu Tang Clan) and Redman play two "potheads" (for lack of a better term) who through the use of a magical herb attain brilliance and gain acceptance to Harvard University. There is a scene that spoofs the old Reese's Peanut Butter Cup commercial where Method's character Silas sits in his car with a bag of contraband and no blunt. In the next car Redman's character Jamal sits in his car with blunt and no contraband. And thus a friendship is born. The two Ivy Leaguers wreak havoc along the Eastern Seaboard Cheech and Chong style.

You can tell by watching his MTV Cribs special that he has a funny bone. But who knew Redman was a bonafide comedian. Method Man was more or less the straight man but the rest of the ensemble cast provided enough laughs to split your sides. Especially notable was Mike Epps who portrayed Babypowder the Pimp. Can you imagine a pimp at Harvard? The alumni will no doubt write many letters.

Parents: The subject matter of this film is questionable. This film may not be suitable for children. Unless you smoked a lot of "grass" back in the 70's. Then you can't trip because you'll be hypocrite if you do.

There's more marijuana in this film than "Friday" and "Next Friday" put together. If that's a turn on for you then by all means see the film.

If it's a turn off for you go see it anyway. The Harvard Pimp is worth it.

Don't tell my mother I laughed.


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