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.
Final review: 2/5. Alcohol does not in fact replace marijuana.
Up next: Close-Up