Bobby Carlton

July 3, 2013

Film: Just say yes to ‘Drugs’

‘How to Make Money Selling Drugs’ comes to Village 8

‘How to Make Money Selling Drugs’
Documentary directed by Matthew Cooke. Starring 50 Cent, Eminem, Susan Sarandon and Woody Harrelson. NR; 1:36. Starts Friday at Village 8 Theatres. LEO Report Card: A-

For at least a solid 20 minutes into “How to Make Money Selling Drugs,” I thought I had found my next career path. How hard could it be to sell an ounce of weed or a baggie of coke to my friends? I could be a millionaire in a year! Or, if I did it right and was smart, in a month! These guys did it. Why can’t I?

And then I thought about how nervous I get jaywalking or going more than 10 over the speed limit, and how hot and sunburned I’d get standing at the corner of Grinstead and Bardstown Road — and reconsidered. Of course, a little deeper into Matthew Cooke’s entertaining documentary on how a street dealer can rise to cartel lord with relative ease, all the consequences of making fast cash by selling drugs were splattered across the screen. Prison time is the least of your worries.

“HTMMSD” successfully blends the cold, hard facts with edgy and humorous narration (by Cooke) and graphics. Presented in video game-like format, all the bells, whistles and old-school Atari sounds and images move the viewer through the various levels from street dealer to cartel lord. And included throughout are candid interviews with former dealers like Bobby Carlton, Pepe, 50 Cent, John E. Harriel Jr., Brian O’Dea and “Freeway” Rick Ross.

The film opens up like a parody of a used-car commercial or bad movie trailer: “Are you unemployed or stuck in a dead-end job? Are you homeless or living in a bad neighborhood? If the American Dream broke its promise to you, don’t worry. We have an answer. Welcome to the game. This is your guidebook. Our experts are going to give you everything you need. You can make $1,000 an hour, you can have a six-figure starting salary, you can make $1 million in a week. In this program, masters of the trade are going to reveal their secrets in how to get paid.”

As the “experts” relay their stories — both bad and good — on what it was like making $50,000 in two hours, or carrying around a rock of coke the size of a softball, or getting busted by undercover agents, or getting stabbed through the chest, it’s easy to relate to their desire to fulfill the American Dream, even if that means bending the law or risking your life.

The film ends with a frank examination of the “war on drugs” that escalated with Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” campaign in the ’80s. Most agree the system is corrupt, yet the government funding continues to increase, making it lucrative for police forces around the country to make drug busts.

“‘Just Say No’ is sort of a fraud,” explains David Simon, creator of HBO’s “The Wire.” “It was one America talking to the other and not even knowing how the other half has to live. … We had not given even the slightest bit of thought as to what people in these worlds were supposed to say yes to.”

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By clockdon
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By cindrella
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I am wondering if these

By iuliancezar
I am wondering if these people still get a health care insurance once they were in the drug world, consumers or not. I think that a person who does something against health and helps something that is making people ill shouldn't be able to get free treatment whenever they want.

This kind of movies

By vicd84
This kind of movies shouldn't be allowed out on the cinema screens. It's not something that should be encouraged in any way. Instead, maybe movies should show people the reality about drugs: we should all avoid them, with the exception of the ones used in medical treatments. Morphine and medical marijuana have enormous benefits and should be presented such...of course, used in the recommended dosage. As this is accepted by even the most reticent authorities, we also should accept it. Serious web-sides handle distribution of such products, like and many others and that should tell us that it's serious and not something from he imagination of a junkie!

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By AdellaFey
Nice effort made by the blogger in this post. Even so, I am curious to know, how it benefits the blog author?

I think that this is just a

By iuliancezar
I think that this is just a metaphor for something more serious. I mean yes, you can read about non-invasive liposuction and then get one but when it comes to making money from something illegal in most countries from this planet, you must know that you need more than marketing skills.

Drugs are a tricky problem,

By iuliancezar
Drugs are a tricky problem, you know that you can get rid of jowls today but if you get caught selling drugs you will receive something that will never get erased from your record. I think that people who got away with it, even if they did it in a peaceful way, have a great talent.

This seems a great movie, i

By iuliancezar
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