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At the height of the Bush administration, Tommy Chong of Cheech and Chong was charged with selling bongs over the internet and sentenced to nine months in federal prison. As part of the government's $12 million 'Operation Pipe Dreams' drug paraphernalia sting operation, Chong, a vocal opponent of Bush's handling of the War on Terror, was singled out among fifty-five defendants to serve time. Filmmaker Josh Gilbert captures the post-prison, avuncular Chong as he turns his SWAT team arrest into hilarious stand-up material. But the laughs are seasoned by the recognition of our government's questionable priorities and its shameless use of the judicial system to scapegoat a counterculture icon.

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This film demonstrates how despicable and worthless of a consciousness John Ashcroft and George Bush, a man arrested for cocaine in his own youth, truly are. Thousands of Americans died on their watch due to terrorism. Tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of human beings unrelated to 9/11, in total, in their ugly retaliatory wars against the innocent. But they went after bongs, equating them to those who support terrorism. And scored big. Buffoons. Great documentary explaining why they have forced history to call it the counter culture. Very truthful and educational. Thanks to Fandor for the opportunity and provision. John Ashcroft and Mary Beth Buchanan are two complete disgraces to law enforcement, and a total waste of funding to keep America safe. After years of not having smoked, I'm going to light one up for Tommy Chong, and every one else who has done time for pot or paraphenalia related offenses. And especially in protest of Mary beth Buchanan and John Ashcroft. And then I'm going to vote the bastards out, because a good man has asked me to.

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This was a thoughtful and intimate look at the way that the federal government railroaded Tommy Chong into 9 months of prison for selling glass bongs. Content wise, the film does an excellent job engaging questions of state abuse of power, the erosion of civil liberties in the post-9/11 era, and the ongoing cultural wars regarding recreational drug use and morality in this country. It also offers an intimate glimpse into Chong's background as a mixed-race, half-Chinese kid from Vancouver who became one of the symbols of the 1960s counter-culture with his comedic partner Cheech Marin. Tommy Chong handles going to prison like a true stoner -- with grace, patience, and a whole lot of humor. On the technical end, the film left some things to be desired -- the camera work was often shaky and distracting, the music was occasionally louder than the dialogue, and there were some weird shots that should have been cropped to keep things like the back of someone's head out of the way. Nevertheless, a very good and engaging film that is definitely worth watching.

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This film demonstrates how despicable and worthless of a consciousness John Ashcroft and George Bush, a man arrested for cocaine in his own youth, truly are. Thousands of Americans died on their watch due to terrorism. Tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of human beings unrelated to 9/11, in total, in their ugly retaliatory wars against the innocent. But they went after bongs, equating them to those who support terrorism. And scored big. Buffoons. Great documentary explaining why they have forced history to call it the counter culture. Very truthful and educational. Thanks to Fandor for the opportunity and provision. John Ashcroft and Mary Beth Buchanan are two complete disgraces to law enforcement, and a total waste of funding to keep America safe. After years of not having smoked, I'm going to light one up for Tommy Chong, and every one else who has done time for pot or paraphenalia related offenses. And especially in protest of Mary beth Buchanan and John Ashcroft. And then I'm going to vote the bastards out, because a good man has asked me to.

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one of the best damn docs and should be seen by everybody who thinks this next election is not really freakin' important!

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the government's $12 million 'Operation Pipe Dreams' drug paraphernalia Bong Bust.....Yet 95% of the Heroin comes to the USA from Afghanistan Poppy Fields...year after year after year after year.... How Fucking Absurd Is That.

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so surreal.....

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Of course you want to watch this. We've all seen their films, and stand up, and listened to their records. I think those that have a strong dislike for Tom, and everything he stands for should definitely watch this. Opposing view points are good to encounter.

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Shut up, truth tellers!

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Not only a well made documentary, it's a must see for anyone about the reality of the drug war.

Wow, this was really good. I had no idea that Chong had gone to jail. This is the kind of film that makes you want to vote for Bernie Sanders! It reminded me of the way they went after Lenny Bruce. Chong is a very interesting man, low key and steady. This experience just deepened him. Bush, Ashcroft and the woman D.A. just all looked like dopes.

our govt is ............ and (t) or )f)

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best movie/documentary, Love Tommy Chong, you rock Brother!