Note: Not that it genuinely matters, but the follow contains spoilers
for the entire film.
Mac & Devin go to High School is a truly remarkable human achievement.
Never before have I seen a collective group of human beings manage to
take nearly half a million dollars and somehow transform that into some
of the worst 75 minutes in cinematic history, looking cheaper and more
amateur than many budgetless shorts I've seen on youtube. You'd also
think that a film made by musicians wouldn't contain at least 7
royalty-free midi sound files populating the supposed "soundtrack", but
it simply serves as testament to how absolutely little anybody working
on this project gave a f***.
Starring in the film are rappers Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg
playing himself, but essentially as a creepy 35 year old man still in
high school, and Wiz Khalifa playing as a "stuck-up" nerd, suspiciously
wearing a long sleeved, button down shirt for most of the film to hide
his tattoos. Andy Milonakis also makes a cameo appearance as a
wheelchair bound, fart sucking cripple, proving that it is actually
physically possible for a human being to sink lower than rock bottom.
The viewer is immediately greeted by a talking, time-traveling CGI
joint from 1996, possibly once a banana on a stock model website,
recolored white and given eyes and a mouth. He informs the viewer that
it is near mandatory to watch this film while under the influence of
marijuana, suggesting a parallel between seeing it uninebriated and
watching a 3D film without the glasses. This should be the first
warning sign to any rational human being to proceed no further, the
fact that the writers are literally admitting that you have to be
mentally stunted to appreciate the film's attempts at humor.
I understand that this is a "stoner" film, as begrudgingly I am to
acknowledge that as a genre, but even a film like Half Baked doesn't
required one to forcibly drop their IQ to appreciate at least a portion
of the film's humor.
"So what?" you might, suggest. "It is just a crappy stoner comedy. It
isn't trying to act like anything more." and I would completely agree
with this sentiment if the film wasn't such a bitter, morally
A supportive girlfriend who dares suggest that she wishes for her
Valedictorian boyfriend, the film's main character played by Khalifa,
to attend Yale after finishing school is mocked as a "controlling
b****". Snoop Dogg, on his 15th year of high school, manipulates the
main character into consuming a cannabis brownie, transforms him into a
lowlife hood, and decks him out in full body and face tattoos, (say
goodbye to Ivy League or an actual job for that matter)and we are
supposed to like and support both of these characters. Late in the
film, Khalifa's girlfriend is shocked and dismayed at her Valedictorian
boyfriend's new appearance and lifestyle (man, what a controlling
b****) and in retaliation, our courageous protagonist cheats on her by
having sex with a hooker.
After both get arrested, I suddenly start to think "maybe the makers of
this film aren't complete sociopaths at all. Maybe we'll see our
protagonist realize his fall from grace and try to redeem himself."
Nope. They both get out of jail and neither face any consequences for
their actions. Khalifa graduates valedictorian, rapping a song instead
of giving a speech, his girlfriend falls for him once again, and Snoop
Dogg cheats on a math test, finally graduating from high school and
banging a substitute teacher who for some reason spends the whole movie
in revealing dresses= and heavy makeup.
The film then returns to our CGI banana joint friend, who so eloquently
enthralls the viewer with the film's thesis. "A lot of totally smart
people smoke weed and it gives them inspiration and stuff. So it
totally shouldn't be illegal, man," If this film is supposed to be
exemplary of the intelligence level of the average marijuana user, I
can only hope it stays illegal for a very, very long time.