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  • Summary: Filmmaker Josh Gilbert follows the tragic and absurd journey of legendary counter-culture comedian Tommy Chong who in 2003 was indicted in an internet drug paraphernalia sting and wound up serving nine months in federal prison. (ThinkFilm)
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Chong does his time (nine months) and has the last laugh, emerging as a born-again activist-survivor of the culture wars.
  2. Tells the depressing, often ridiculous and generally enraging story of how and why Mr. Chong, an extremely laid-back and genial camera presence, ended up doing time in the minimum-security Taft Correctional Institution in Taft, Calif.
  3. 70
    This is a small film, but it moved me and made me angry. Both reactions, in this context, are worthwhile.
  4. Reviewed by: Ethan Alter
    Gilbert films Chong as if he's a political prisoner like Nelson Mandela, when he's really just an older comic going to jail over a bad business decision.
  5. 60
    Leave the Visine and wrapping papers at home for A/K/A Tommy Chong, a surprisingly clear-eyed, sober account of what it’s liked to be embraced by a culture, while loathed by the Powers That Be.
  6. 58
    Perhaps it was inevitable that a movie about the ultimate stoner would be undone by fuzzy execution and lack of ambition.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    While the picture's reporting on government repression of alternative cultural ideas and lifestyles is noteworthy more than anything, it's a blatant promo for Chong's career.

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