a/k/a Tommy Chong
a/k/a Tommy Chong (2006)

When comedy legend Tommy Chong was arrested in 2003 and given a nine-month prison sentence for the manufacture and sale of drug paraphernalia, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft's revamped war on drugs soared, like a mighty eagle… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: June 14, 2006
DVD Release Date: August 26, 2008
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

This isn't a great piece of nonfiction filmmaking, but it has its moments.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Cole Smithey

Josh Gilbert's curt documentary about the arrest and conviction of comedian and former bong-maker Tommy Chong reveals the federal sting operation that put Tommy Chong in a state penitentiary for nine months for shipping glass bongs to Pennsylvania.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Even those unimpressed with [Cheech and Chong's] genially lowbrow work will be intrigued by the political tenor of this portrait.

Manohla Dargis
New York Times

Josh Gilbert's film tells the depressing, often ridiculous and generally enraging story of how and why Tommy Chong ended up doing time in a minimum-security prison.

Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

Rather than some rambling, pro-pot film, this flick actually does a pretty good job of documenting the issues surrounding Chong's arrest, and the obvious intention by the Ashcroft justice department to bring down an icon of the debauched 70s.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

What could have been either a scathing critique of the drug war or an intimate portrait of a stoner facing mortality instead comes off as a fawning infomercial for its subject.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

How the feds inadver tently resurrected the performing career of stoner comic Tommy Chong by busting him is the ironic subtext of Josh Gilbert's one-sided documentary a/k/a Tommy Chong.

Kam Williams

A very scary documentary illustrating the carte blanche accorded Big Brother by the Patriot Act

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Bill Maher: I can't think of a more ridiculous diversion of manpower than to bust Tommy Chong. If anyone feels safer because Tommy was put in jail,… More
Wu Chouin
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ken j
AKA Tommy Chong has got to be one of the best documentarys ive ever seen and just shows how insane and out of wack our government is and where there priorites… More