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Up In Smoke (CE)
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09.04.2007 By: Mathew Plale
Up In Smoke (CE) order
Director:
Lou Adler

Actors:
Cheech Marin
Tommy Chong
Stacy Keach

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Marijuana. That's it.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Maybe it’s because I’m not an excessive pot smoker, man, or that my brain works on a (pardon the expression) higher level than a 2nd-grader, but Cheech & Chong’s Up In Smoke is not a movie I “get,” man. Virtually plotless and habitually moronic, this tokin’ cult flick is a bullshit Easy Rider for the high school drug generation.

Packed tightly inside of a bug titled ‘Love Machine’ (fastened with MUF DVR license plate) and puffing a burrito-sized spliff, Pedro (Marin) and Anthony Stoner (Chong) set off to find the finest dope they can, man. Their outing for ganja in a dry community leads them out of the States when they hitch a ride, man, to Tijuana on an INS bus.

And that, in essence, man, is Up In Smoke, the first (of six) highbrow outings from Sir Cheech Marin and Duke Tommy Chong, who reworked the script from their comedy routine. The movie, man, is a one-joke show, barely reaching its 85-minute runtime.

Somewhere in Mexico, the duo inadvertently (that means “on accident”) take comfort in a van made of, you guessed it, ganja (I’m running low on synonyms here, man)--funny how the two biggest stoners in California don’t realize this through odor or contact high, let alone experience excessive (that means “a whole bunch of”) paranoia as they’re being pursued by an LA narcotics unit headed by Stacy Keach, man.

Up In Smoke, as it stands, man, is the quintessential stoner movie, but I’m not so sure that’s a compliment. Do potheads really find dead dogs, felt-up nuns, and a bimbo mistaking Ajax for cocaine funny? That’s rhetorical (which means you don’t have to answer). So, 295 “mans”, one dog feces-filled blunt, and no humor later, Up In Smoke climaxes in a live rendition of the doped up duo’s most famous {ahem} hit, ‘Earache My Eye,’ a juvenile attack on the punk scene. The first wave of punk rock may have only had “three chords,” but that’s better than zero jokes.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary by Cheech Marin & Director Lou Adler: Marin and Adler are more interested in either watching or laughing with the movie than providing insight. Fun facts include: Cheech & Chong’s car was owned by Jack Nicholson, and Stacy Keach was busted while portraying the narcotics officer.

Roach Clips (Deleted Scenes) w/ Optional Commentary (11:26): These eight “cleverly” labeled scenes are mostly wastes that don’t enhance what little plot there may have been. Keep an eye out for Harry Dean Stanton as a prison guard.

Lighting Up: A Look Back at Up In Smoke (11:08): Director Lou Adler, Tommy Chong, and Cheech Marin reminisce on the development of the cult classic, from their comedy routine to toking on the set. Insightful stuff here, folks.

We also get 2 Music Videos, Radio Spots, a Theatrical Trailer, and a Preview.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I understand the cult impact of Cheech & Chong's Up In Smoke and that it will attract the stoner/idiot scene, but it just doesn't fly while watching sober. There, I've said my peace.
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