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The Brian Hogan - Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke

SCORE: I'm Buzzed, but this movie will probably leave me with a hangover.

I decided this week, rather than go see another mediocre movie in the theatre, and in honor of 4/20, I’d review an old stoner classic. Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke was first released in 1978, the year I was born, long before I ever took my first bong rip. The movie begins with Chong making a smoothie while his father, in one of the most poorly acted scenes of the film, screams at him to get his life together. Chong strikes out on his own, and pretends to be a woman to get cars to stop for him while he's hitchhiking. Enter Cheech. So the pair embark on a wacky journey through the world of drugs and the Plam Tree dotted streets of southern California.

The poor visual quality of this 1970’s classic was distracting until I toked away on my award-winning Shatter Tank. Then, in the same chilled out zone as the characters, the bad acting and terrible directing didn’t effect me so much, I was able to look past the 37 years of technological advances that my eyes are used to and just have a good time. One scene in particular sticks out, when Chong pukes into Cheech’s lap while in the midst of a routine traffic stop from a police officer. Cheech turns to the officer and says “his name is Rallllllph”. Hmm, I always wondered where the term “Ralph” came from, in reference to puking. Now I know. Well, I didn’t always wonder, but it was interesting to see how deeply this amateur stoner comedy had seated itself into our culture. It was ground-breaking at the time. And if you get yourself high enough, it might just be worth taking another look. This is, in part, where our stoner culture came from, and it’s nice to take a trip back home.

Maybe I’m just stoned, but this turned out to be a pretty nostalgic afternoon at the movies. Tell me what you think in the comments below.

MY SCORE: 3 out of 5 buds. It pushed the envelope back then, so that’s worth a few buds. But the supporting cast is terrible and the special effects just aren’t that special anymore. So right down the middle for this reviewer. You’ll have a good time watching this, but you probably won’t have a great time.


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