Half Baked is a 1998 stoner comedy film starring Dave Chappelle,
Jim Breuer, Harland Williams and Guillermo Díaz. The movie was
directed by Tamra Davis, and co-written by star Dave Chappelle
and Neal Brennan (Brennan was later a writer on Chappelle's Comedy
Central show Chappelle's Show). Cameo appearances include Steven
Wright, Tommy Chong, Janeane Garofalo, Willie Nelson, Tracy Morgan,
Snoop Dogg, Jon Stewart, Stephen Baldwin, Max Dolcelli and Bob Saget.
Jerry Garcia was portrayed by actor David Bluestein, as Garcia had
died three years before the film's release.
The film became a cult classic, heralded by many as Dave Chappelle's
comic breakthrough. Chappelle's quote from the film, "I wanna talk to
Samson!," has created a popular slang term for smoking marijuana with
the term being used on J Dilla's track 'Crushin' (Yeeeeah!).
Thurgood (Chappelle) and his friends Brian (Breuer) and Scarface
(Diaz) are forced into selling medical marijuana stolen from the
lab where Thurgood works as a "custodian" (janitor) in order to bail
their friend Kenny (Williams) out of jail, after he accidentally
killed a diabetic police horse by feeding it junk food. Their
business, named Mr. Nice Guy in honor of their good-natured
incarcerated friend, becomes immensely popular, even attracting
famous clientèle. However, Thurgood's personal life is ruined once
his adamantly anti-drug girlfriend, ironically named Mary Jane
Potman (Rachel True), discovers that he works for Mr. Nice Guy.
Soon, all of their lives are in danger once Samson Simpson, a local
drug lord, learns that Mr. Nice Guy is costing him business,
including his former client rapper Sir Smoka Lot. He threatens
to kill them if they do not pay him 20 grand every week. Brian
also buys a pouch that is supposed to contain the ashes of Jerry
Garcia with some of the money they are making, and Scarface buys
a rottweiler named Killer.
However, Thurgood tells police about a future meeting he has with
Samson Simpson after they arrest him for stealing marijuana from the laboratory. The police agree to drop the charges if Thurgood wears
a wire, that way they can get the proof they need to arrest the drug
lord. During the interview, Simpson discovers that Thurgood is wearing
a wire and is about to kill them when Brian throws the pouch he
bought earlier on the ground. Jerry Garcia comes out and hits
Simpson with a guitar, knocking him out. The police then rush
in and recover all of the drugs, and arrest Simpson after he wakes up.
Thurgood, Brian, and Scarface's deal with the police also get Kenny
a pardon from jail. Thurgood gives up smoking and is able to win back