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May 6, 2020
...funny/scary account of the persecution of another of Lenny's disciples.
April 23, 2009
Josh Gilbert's curt documentary about the arrest and conviction of comedian and former bong-maker Tommy Chong reveals the federal sting operation that put Tommy Chong in a state penitentiary for nine months for shipping glass bongs to Pennsylvania.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 21, 2007
Rather than some rambling, pro-pot film, this flick actually does a pretty good job of documenting the issues surrounding Chong's arrest, and the obvious intention by the Ashcroft justice department to bring down an icon of the debauched 70s.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 24, 2007
A very scary documentary illustrating the carte blanche accorded Big Brother by the Patriot Act
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 1, 2007
What comes across is Chong's innate elegance and intelligence, two qualities often missing from his trademark comedic work.
September 30, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 17, 2006
This is an important propaganda film. After all, Gilbert has all the facts in hand and presents it halfway decently.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
June 16, 2006
Even those unimpressed with [Cheech and Chong's] genially lowbrow work will be intrigued by the political tenor of this portrait.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 15, 2006
Apparently granted unlimited access to Chong's personal archives, Gilbert digs up some great footage and photos from his early years as well his '70s heyday.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
June 14, 2006
It is also a portrait of resilience: Chong does his time (nine months) and has the last laugh, emerging as a born-again activist-survivor of the culture wars.
Read More | Original Score: B
June 14, 2006
Josh Gilbert's film tells the depressing, often ridiculous and generally enraging story of how and why Tommy Chong ended up doing time in a minimum-security prison.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
June 14, 2006
How the feds inadver tently resurrected the performing career of stoner comic Tommy Chong by busting him is the ironic subtext of Josh Gilbert's one-sided documentary a/k/a Tommy Chong.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 13, 2006
This genial doc sprinkles Reagan and Nixon soundbites over its vintage stash of C&C clips for a suitably fuzzy squint at America from '69 to the buzzkill present.
June 9, 2006
Josh Gilbert's smoothly produced documentary a/k/a Tommy Chong should leave even Nancy Reagan aghast at the unfair trials of comedian Tommy Chong.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 2, 2006
Its dramatic thinness doesn't dilute its simultaneously ridiculous and terrifying portrait of federal prosecution run amok.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 30, 2006
A surprisingly clear-eyed, sober account of what it's liked to be embraced by a culture, while loathed by the Powers That Be.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 14, 2005
Just when you thought there weren't any more reasons to hate America.
June 30, 2006
This isn't a great piece of nonfiction filmmaking, but it has its moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 15, 2006
should have gone for more
| Original Score: 3/5
June 15, 2006
What could have been either a scathing critique of the drug war or an intimate portrait of a stoner facing mortality instead comes off as a fawning infomercial for its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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