Goofy comedies have always been great for watching during and after a good session, but I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never been a huge fan of “stoner comedies.” Too often, movies and TV shows aimed at a younger and “more out there” demographic are just stupid without having any real entertaining value to them.
However, classics like the Cheech & Chong films, Half Baked, and Pineapple Express are funny and consistently entertaining because they balance silly antics with a strong commitment to acting, character development and overall entertainment. It’s for all those reasons that Comedy Central’s Big Time in Hollywood, FL, which just wrapped up its first season, succeeded so well as a comedy that is consistently engaging whether you’re totally sober or completely stoned.
Created by series star Alex Anfanger and series primary director Dan Schimpf, Big Time in Hollywood, FL is a farce in every sense of the word. It is a comedy that keeps the audience guessing about what is happening and what might happen next.
The 10-episode first season centers around brothers Jack and Ben Dolfe, two aspiring filmmakers who make terrible films with their gullible friend Del. Some of the funniest initial scenes highlight the huge gap between how they perceive their garage-shot footage and how it actually looks, and everyone involved plays up their delusion about how they’re going to “make it” perfectly.
The brothers have overstayed their welcome at their parents house by decades and are finally (gently) thrown out by their loving folks (both played brilliantly by veteran actors Kathy Baker and Stephen Tobolowsky) in the first episode. This event triggers a series of hilarious mishaps as the brothers try and epically fail to survive in the real world, all while trying and failing to con both their parents (and just about everyone else involved) into allowing them to maintain their fantasy that they are big time movie producers.
The series features some big names like Ben Stiller (an executive producer of the series who makes a tragic exit in the very first episode), Michael Madsen (playing a private investigator who lasts only a few episodes longer than Stiller), and Cuba Gooding Jr, who plays a surreal cocaine-addicted version of himself with brilliant comic timing.
I can tell you first-hand, dear weedists, that the violent slapstick is gut-busting after a good session, and the solid writing and acting keep the series moving along. Overall, I highly recommend Big Time in Hollywood, FL and look forward to future seasons to come.
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