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Totally Baked
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May 27, 2008 By: Quigles
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Director:
Lee Abbott

Actors:
Craig Shoemaker
Stephen Tobolowsky
Roma Maffia

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Pot.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
An informative documentary exploring the various issues and concerns of marijuana use (most of which are without merit) is something many people in America desperately need to see, but TOTALLY BAKED is not that documentary. It combines its various statistical tidbits and repetitive one-sided commentary with a number of comedic elements, hopping between segments of SNL-esque sketches, stand-up comedy, and interview soundbites. This as a concept isn't bad (The Daily Show is a perfect example of what you can do with this type of presentation), but the execution is. The gags are rarely funny, the acting is generally awful, and the whole production just feels amateurish and haphazardly strewn together, in turn preventing any of the interesting information (of which there's very little) from having the necessary impact.

Anchoring the numerous segments of this self proclaimed "pot-u-mentary" is a single short film, which is a lot like the other sketch comedy gags only it keeps on going long after it stops being funny. To summarize, it involves a debate team reunion and a couple of medical marijuana activists who hold all of the attendees hostage. Even Mad TV is better than this.

TOTALLY BAKED is the type of documentary that only potsmokers can appreciate, and seeing as how they're guaranteed to already agree with what it has to say, that makes it pretty useless.
THE EXTRAS
Nothing but a Behind-the-Scenes Featurette, which this film doesn't deserve.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Not only does TOTALLY BAKED fail both as a documentary and as a comedy, but it's made so clearly from the pothead perspective that anybody not already pro-legalization will probably look at the film as proof that weed makes you stupid.
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