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#141- Up in Smoke

Quick recap: Two stoners unknowingly drive a van made entirely of marijuana from Mexico to the US and hijinks ensue.

HI-jinks, get it??

I’m sorry. So very sorry for that one, but I can’t guarantee there won’t be more.


Fun (?) fact: The dog that stole the burrito was not actually part of the movie but was instead a stray that had just wandered onto the set.


My thoughts:  Much like breaking the first rule of Fight Club (which I suppose I am doing right now by even mentioning Fight Club) I broke cardinal rule while watching Up in Smoke: I was not high. I felt that it would really be lame to watch this movie completely sober so I instead decided to kick back a couple of beers while watching, hoping that I would feel some of the same effects.

The first thing that surprised me about this movie was that there was a plot, but just barely. Good on them for putting something cohesive together, although I think it would’ve been just as funny and probably more existential to have Cheech and Chong just driving around, getting high. It would be sort of like Two-Lane Blacktop but with more shenanigans and less James Taylor.

And as for the shenanigans, there were plenty: from a girl taking a hit (is that what the kids call it?) of the cleaner Ajax to smoking a blunt as big as a burrito. I laughed throughout several of these scenes but I didn’t find it all that creative or revolutionary. Which is not to say that it should’ve been. I think part of the issue is that the ‘stoner comedy’ has been done SO many times since then that watching the original is kind of underwhelming. Also, I wasn’t high while watching this so I felt like I wasn’t the intended demographic.

They call them fingers, but I've never seen them fing....

They call them fingers, but I’ve never seen them fing….

Final review: 2/5. Alcohol does not in fact replace marijuana.

Cheech and Strong Bad sound almost exactly alike. Remember Strong Bad? Good times.

Cheech and Strong Bad sound almost exactly alike. Remember Strong Bad? Good times.

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