sam's notes

notes on government, sports and popular culture

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

.....N.Y. Times review of 'A/K/A Tommy Chong,' the documentary chronicling Tommy Chong's litigious battle of the bong.

The film "tells the depressing, often ridiculous and generally enraging story of how and why Mr. Chong, an extremely laid-back and genial camera presence, ended up doing time in the minimum-security Taft Correctional Institution in Taft, Calif. Written and directed by Josh Gilbert, a friend of the comedian, the 78-minute film taps a number of experts and supporters to fill out the larger story, including Eric Schlosser, the author of 'Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market.' Mr. Schlosser provides the film a much-needed dollop of historical and political context, while friends and colleagues like Lou Adler, the music impresario who directed Cheech and Chong's 1978 film 'Up in Smoke,' along with Bill Maher and Jay Leno, lend more emotional and outraged support."

I loved the scene in 'That 70s Show' when Hyde goes to work for Leo in the video store. If things went well enough, Hyde predicted, then Leo would soon be working for him.

"Hey man, can I have Saturday night off?" Leo asked.


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