- Format: NTSC
- Language: English, French
- Dubbed: English, French
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Paramount
- Release Date: Sept. 4 2007
- Average Customer Review: 95 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000RHMQFS
Up in Smoke (Special Collector's Edition) (Bilingual)
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
The movie itself, well, what can I say ? The crazy Seventies, when the world was simpler ( really??). Worthwhile looking at to reminisce about a world gone by. Good for a chuckle or two anyway!
The comic portrayls of C&C and various other characters are symbolic of the world's injustices. Take for example the Mexican Van built entirely of weed. Our Heros are looking for weed, but are ironicly surrounded by thousands of pounds of so-called 'cyber-weed'. Case in point, see the trees in the forest and you may just find what you're looking for.
Cheech's last minute writing of their contest winning song? They were not punk rockers, but they won. How you ask? They took punk and gave it a new approach (a brass section of all things). It worked not because they gave in and surrendered their true artistic goals, but rather accepted, turned the tables, and left everyone floored. That is the message. Conform, but in your own way.
Chong hitch-hiking on the side of the road posing as a woman has deep Freudian issues that he was trying to bring to the audience. Remember his parents in the beginning scene before the credits? Bend and Stoop, Bend and Stoop boy. I have a friend with United Fruit. Chong's open rebellion didn't come from his father wanting him to be like the Finkelstein kid, it came from his mother. Chong loved his mother as he showed when he flipped her off on his way out the door.
Judge Dykes (the raving, vodka swigging, authority figure) is inded THE MAN. But as a woman, THE MAN takes on a whole and frightening new side. This film was made years before Hillary Clinton's rise to power, but this movie prophisizes her coming.
Sgt. 'don't know who dis is' Stadinko is the representation of commercialism taken to the extreme. Like the BackStreet Boys, and N'Sync, Sgt. Stadinko's time is short lived, but accepted by the mass public. Ten years from now who'll never know any of them ever existed at all. The bumbling, misguided record companies who force feed us 'fast food' music is expressed in the heart rendering line...."I got the munchies and you tell me to go with it?...I'LL GO WITH IT!!" Sad such a state society has become.
The 'frisking of the nuns' is Cheech's way of snubbing the Catholic Church. I interpret it in this way as the student viewer. Cheech believes the Catholic Church with 2000 years of oppresion, terror, and brain-washing, Cheech believes even it, the institution itself, can be brought down by the common man,. When enough people call for a change, the change will come. Watch this scene closely. Chong's symbollic 'tossing of the joint' into the nun-wagon is the 'lighting of the fuse' so to speak. The fuse of course burns to the 'Times to Come' as reflected upon by St. John in the Book of Revelation. Cheech and Chong's religious fury burns alive after the viewer understands the symbolism.
The 'lude girl' who proclaims Chong's name as 'Alex' from that point on is the Earth, Mother Earth. Dressed as a hippie and having a supply of amphetimeans, she roams the world looking for unspoiled environments in which to take root. Nature is her theme, and her blonde friend, we'll call her 'Sunshine', represents the light that Earth so desperately needs for survival.
Curtis, Oh Curtis, Oh simple, elegant Curtis. His time is coming. The uniforms must all be different and he'll make it so. Those are for real diamonds, and he makes the choice cut. Watch his actions and mannerisms. It is easy who he is symbollic of. To the layman I will tell you the answer. Curtis is non other than Winston Churchill. Behold the windshield cutting scene. He draws the line, much like Churchill did against the Russian occupation of a defeated Germany.
Either that or it's just a great movie to remind you of the good old days when a 'joint' and a 'hit' had nothing to do with anatomy or physical violence.