Length: 89 minutes
Director: Michael Blieden (The Comedians of Comedy; “Mad TV”)
Starring: Doug Benson, Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifianakis, Bob Odenkirk, Ron Riggle, Brian Posehn, Dana Gould, Dave Navarro, Paul F. Tompkins, Brian Unger
“Super High Me” is the stoner’s answer to “Super Size Me”. Comedian/Amateur Movie Critic (for the “Mr. Show” website)/pothead (and a member of the VH1’s “Best Week Ever” panel) Doug Benson is the film’s Morgan Spurlock. An avid fan of marijuana, Benson agrees to go sober for thirty days and then follow it up with thirty days of non-stop pot smoking. Don’t worry, he has some doctors, just like in “Super Size”, to help inform us of the going ons and what not. Naturally, the movie doesn’t have the same effect that it’s spoof source did. In fact, it is decidedly pro-marijuana. Benson manages to function just fine without his pot, though he complains that “pot makes everything better”. He is a comedian and he has used marijuana as a crutch for his act since the beginning of his career. He even had an off Broadway show- spoofing “The Vagina Monologues”- entitled “The Marijuana Monologues”. Since the documentary itself is not very informative- we get a few tests and charts comparing Benson’s intelligence and motor skills on and off the drug- the movie has to rely heavily on Benson and he is charming and funny enough to pull it off. He also has the good fortune of having some funny friends to stop by and grace us with their presence (and most to smoke with)- Sarah Silverman, “Mr. Show”’s Bob Odenkirk and Brian Posehn, Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifianakis, and “The Daily Show”’s Rob Riggle to name a few (even Jane’s Addiction legend Dave Navarro puts in a very quiet cameo). Even if you are anti-drugs, the movie should be entertaining and funny enough to keep you watching. Unless of course you are really anti-drugs, then you’d probably be better off just watching “Super Size Me” again. Though to be fair, marijuana is definitely the lesser of two evils when facing off against McDonald's.
(Note: Director Michael Blieden starred as Melvin in Bob Odenkirk’s directorial debut- the cult comedy “Melvin Goes to Dinner”. He also is a series regular on Nickelodeon’s “Zoey 101”- a.k.a. Britney Spears’ pregnant little sister’s show. Just a couple of fun facts to share)
Doug Benson- Interview on 103.7 The Mountain (Right Click- Save As)