This is simply the movie version of Tommy's book, The I Chong: Meditations From the Joint. As with most movies based on a book, the book is better, but that does not make this a bad movie. It is more that a movie, it is a documentary about human rights in the U.S.A. and the truly fascist direction our government is headed. If you have seen this film, but not read the book, by all means do yourself the favor and read it. Many many gaps are filled in, and you will understand and appreciate the interviews with Tommy's cellie and his wife (who has been in Tommy's life longer than Cheech) and his son, who played a major part in the whole ordeal. This is a great DVD, and like the book, is about a lot more than Cheech & Chong comedy or smoking pot. It is just one more example of a failing nation.
"I laughed...I cried". Was on a trip, in the hotel...late, going around the cable channels and stopped short. It was a scene of glassblowing. ART. Beautiful, exotic masterfully crafted and achingly luminous > glass. I made myself comfortable and watched the rest. Soon it was revealed to be the family business of Tommy Chong, and the systematic politically motivated federal fist (under John Ashcroft) that wiped it out in a couple of hours. A legal > tax paying > employing > artistically sophisticated > family business... operating in the full light of day, manufacturing unique products sold in the mainstream marketplace for some numbers of years. Until an ambitious, self absorbed PA Atty Gen made it her cause celeb...and he was sent to prison. If you aren't deeply troubled after watching this........ These days there's a din of "small businesses are the engines lift the economy." Except if you'd had a full-on career based on 'counter culture' satire. (I thought that was protected in the Constituion.) I came home and bought the DVD so I could share it. You'll love the walk-about on Venice Beach where random people give instant tutorials on how to make a bong from household objects and produce...and the Kottonmouth Kings' theme over the end credits, not to mention his adorable wife.
Freaking government sucks!!!! Amazing how some people will try to destroy someone's life just to further they're own careers. Funny how marijuana and its paraphernalia is illegal, but beer, wine, whiskey, etc. and all the things that go with it are legal and even advertised on tv, radio, magazines, etc. Drink all you want, just don't smoke pot! Get drunk and fight, beat your wife... acceptable! But don't smoke pot, sit back, watch a movie and munch out. It's an upside down world!!!!!
this is a great documentery this is how you write when stonned! but this shows how you think you are really free to do your thing watch this,and see what happens when you think you have nothing to worry about! we have same sex couples they passed that law but they wanted to make example of tommy chong!
What they did to Chong is a bunch of B.S. He is a leader a mentor and a roll model to millions. They are just bitter so many look up to him and since he is the figurehead of millions of people who smoke weed they used him to send a message even though the message was wrong.
a/k/a Tommy Chong is a good movie, and shows how the government used a big name person to create a spectacle out of a harmless industry. The US government wasted time, money, and resources to shut down a business that wasn't doing anything wrong. Rather than fighting the war on terror or the real war overseas they chose to advance careers, and shut down a legitimate business and sent a man to prison whom didn't deserve to go.