a/k/a Tommy Chong It was like something out of a Cheech and Chong movie — one of the later, unfunny ones. In 2003, the Justice Department, which apparently… a/k/a Tommy Chong It was like something out of a Cheech and Chong movie — one of the later, unfunny ones. In 2003, the Justice Department, which apparently… 2006-06-16 Unrated PT78M Documentary Blue Chief
Movie Review

a/k/a Tommy Chong (2006)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
EW's GRADE
B

Details Limited Release: Jun 16, 2006; Rated: Unrated; Length: 78 Minutes; Genre: Documentary; Distributor: Blue Chief

It was like something out of a Cheech and Chong movie — one of the later, unfunny ones. In 2003, the Justice Department, which apparently had nothing better to do, hatched Operation Pipe Dreams, an undercover sting that resulted in the arrest and incarceration of Tommy Chong. His crime against the homeland? Shipping bongs made by his family-owned business. This slender, revealing documentary, a/k/a Tommy Chong, traces the government's attempt to make an example out of the legendary stoner-comedian, but it is also a portrait of resilience: Chong does his time (nine months) and has the last laugh, emerging as a born-again activist-survivor of the culture wars.

Originally posted Jun 14, 2006 Published in issue #883 Jun 23, 2006 Order article reprints