Owen Gleiberman
May 25, 1990 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Far Out Man

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Rae Dawn Chong, Thomas Chong
genre
Comedy

We gave it a D-

Even at their mangiest, the movies of Cheech and Chong have had one thing going for them: the randy, blissed-out exuberance of Cheech Marin-he’s like the happiest (and funniest) vagrant alive. On the other hand, Tommy Chong, with his three-puffs-to-the-wind deadpan, is an utterly passive straight man (assuming it’s possible to use the words ”straight” and ”Tommy Chong” in the same sentence). In Far Out Man, his first solo outing, Chong, playing a hippie who returns to civilization after 20 years, isn’t just passive; he’s not quite there. Far Out Man is one lame ’60s-burnout joke after another. The movie is so weightless it barely gives you a contact high.

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