Cheech & Chong: Up In Smoke / Cheech & Chong: Still Smokin (2DVD)
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Cheech & Chong's first cannabis comedy is also their best, a souvenir from the more carefree days before "Just Say No," when people did not feel so defensive about inhaling. In 1978, the prevailing spirit was more like "Just Say Blow." Even New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael liked it (the movie, that is), adding that it was "an exploitation slapstick comedy, rather than a family picture, such as Blazing Saddles or High Anxiety--which means that it's dirtier, wilder, and sillier." The story has to do with bumbling potheads Cheech & Chong searching for primo bud, while being tailed by a team of inept law-enforcement officers, led by Sgt. Stedenko (Stacy Keach). Sample dialogue: When a cop pulls them over to ask if they are any illegal substances in his vehicle, Cheech replies: "Not any more, man." Up in Smoke is an irresistibly silly and charming movie that--despite, or perhaps because of, the national furor over drug use--plays today like a relic from a bygone era, a sweeter, more open, more innocent period in our history. --Jim Emerson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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To me it is as free wheeling and zany as the best of Chaplin. It is difficult to know where to begin in praising this film. It is a great commentary on the times. Sometimes the jokes were exaggerated parodies of real situations, and sometimes they were all too accurate. For example the hilarious sequence when the matronly socialite was turned on for the first time and everything was funny. She noted that the stoplight had such pretty colors.
This film can't be taken in in only one viewing. The stacatto of fast moving jokes and surrounding unrelated actions are too numerous and sometimes too subtile to be caught on the first go-around. It took the 4th viewing for me to recognize the entrance to the comedy club that Cheech, Chong, their friends, and Pee Wee Herman performed in in the film as the old Whiskey-a-Go-Go in Hollywood that I've been in so many times. It is now called simply "The Whiskey," I believe. In real life Cheech started out as a singer in Chong's band in Canada, and they incorporated these roles in the film in hilarious ways. Cheech made up some of the funniest lyrics you will ever hear, and Chong was constantly blowing out high powered amplifiers.
When I'm stressed out and want a relaxing escape into pure humorous whimsey I stick this film in the mchine and watch it again. It always gets me in a better mood.
You don't have to be a pot head to enjoy this movie. It seems fresh every time I watch it.
This great Cheech & Chong movie is most likly the best of the C&C movies! These guys had been doing this kind of act for many years on stage, and so when it came to putting this into a film, it was very easy , because they had been doing these gags for years anyway, and it was just a walk in the park to make for them!
The hillarious events of the movie even cross over into the bonus features! There are a few deleted scenes that didnt make it into the movie, and its a shame they didnt, because some are funny as hell! It would be great of they made a Specihel edition directers cut and put that stuff back into the film, in Cheech Marions commentery he said that the scenes where not cut because they wernt good, they where cut just to shorten the film! and one great scene is one youd recignise from "Still Smokin" where Cheech is beeing a smartarse to an oldman (another charactor of chong) and doing the "I could be your daddy cause i used to F*** buffalo" gag!
This DVD is well worth the money, and id recomend you get it with "still smokin'"
Some comments on the DVD: One reviewer stated that the DVD doesn't have any features, but that's just not true. I just bought the 2000 Paramount DVD release and it has the following:
*Widescreen Version for 16:9 TVs
*Feature Length Commentary with Cheech Marin & Director Lou Adler
*8 Deleted Scenes (including Harry Dean Stanton as a security guard) with optional commentary by Cheech & Lou Adler
*Original Theatrical Trailer
*Dolby Digital: English 5.Read more ›
As for the second half, with alla' the cannabis-van shenanigans, the inept cops, and a silly battle of the bands competition-- I didn't really find it all that funny. Maybe I gotta be stoned to truly appreciate it or somethin', I don't know. What I do know is, it didn't quite grab the laughs from me like the first half of the flick did. Though I gotta admit I do get a chuckle over the irony of former nose-candy-smuggler Stacey Keach playin' the vehemently anti-cannabis, straight-arrow leader of a quartet of L.A.'s less-than-finest. Now, THAT'S a hoot!
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This movie is one off the funniest films I've ever watched. I love Cheech and Chong movies.Published 6 days ago by Bernie Morrissey
Very dated and classic Cheech & Chong content. Completely concerned with pot, and the pointless war on pot. *sigh*Published 9 months ago by Hale & Hardy
On of the funniest movies ever made ... for Boomers, not so much for the current gaggle of uptight millennials.Published 11 months ago by Ofay Cat