For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Comedies that feature characters who are either Stoners or Drunk here’s a review of Cheech and Chong Films by Jason Soto of The Rabbit Hole Podcasts.
In case you missed any of the reviews, here’s a recap:
- The King of Staten Island (2020) – Paul
- Drunk Master (1978) – David
- Harvey (1950) – Sally
- Merrily We Go To Hell (1932) – David
- The Big Lebowski (1998) – Rob
- Strange Brew (1983) – J-Dub
- The Hangover (2009) – Darren
- The Hangover (2009) – Rob
- Under the Silver Lake (2018) – Paul
- Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982) – David
- Nightmare Alley (1947) – Emily
- Cheech and Chong Movies – Jason
In addition, I watched 3 movies in my companion series Genre Guesstimation. Unfortunately, none of those films will now be considered among my favorites in the genre.
Thanks again to Jason Soto of The Rabbit Hole Podcasts for choosing this month’s genre.
Next month’s genre has been chosen by Jason Stershic of Agent Palmer and we will be reviewing our favorite College Themed Films.
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Feb by sending them to email@example.com
Try to think out of the box! Great choice Jason!
Let’s see what Jason thought of these movies:
You are going to have a hard time believing this, but my introduction to Cheech and Chong was through my dad. My dad isn’t the most conservative person in the world. Hell, he swears more than I do. But he was very protective with what I watched when I was a kid. Nudity? Hell no! Smoking joints the size of burritos? Go for it, 9-year-old Jason!!
The two movies I remember fondly from when I was a child was Up in Smoke and Nice Dreams. And honestly, both movies are interchangeable. Both feature weed smoking galore, both feature women naked or near naked, and both feature humor that you need to be stoned to enjoy. Let’s start with Up in Smoke, shall we?
Up in Smoke is the first film Cheech and Chong made. It came out in 1978, had a budget of 2 million dollars and made 104 million dollars, making it pretty popular for a stoner movie. Tommy Chong plays Anthony “Man” Stoner, a, well, stoner who is kicked out by his parents for not holding down a job. He starts hitchhiking and is picked up by Pedro (Cheech Marin). Stoner presents Pedro with the biggest joint he’s ever seen and they start smoking it in Pedro’s car, leading to them stopping in the middle of a highway and getting arrested. At trial, they notice the judge drinking vodka and get off on a technicality.
This leads them Pedro’s cousin played by Tom Skerritt, and yes THAT Tom Skerritt, who is a Vietnam Vet. When the police raid the cousin’s house, he thinks it’s Viet Cong and freaks out, leading to Pedro and Stoner deported to Tijuana. Trying to get back to America they hatch a plan to smuggle themselves across the border in a upholstery truck but they go to the wrong truck; the truck THEY find themselves in is made out of “fiberweed”. If you remember the film Meet The Millers (which could’ve been a contender for this month as well) it’s kinda like: the walls of the van are made of weed.
The pair luckily get the van across the board thanks to a joint being thrown into a car full of nuns and pick up two hot women on the side of the road. The women tell Pedro and Stoner about a Battle of the Bands contest and they should join, since they are also struggling musicians. At the venue, they get chased by the cops once they realized the nuns were innocent, but thanks to the van catching on fire, everyone gets high, including the cops. Pedro and Stoner win the contest, thanks to weed, man!
Nice Dreams is similar in that it features the two main characters, Cheech and Chong playing themselves this time, trying to score weed. But this time they’re also selling it! They have a truck disguised as an ice cream truck, and they sell weed in front of cops and the cops don’t do anything. Well, there’s one cop who starts chasing after them, but once he smokes their product, he become addicted. And the strain he ends up smoking makes him start turning into a lizard. You have to be high to get it, man.
There’s some shenanigans, like Cheech and Chong hook up with a woman and they’re about to have a threesome when the woman’s husband, who broke out of prison and is VERY racist towards Mexicans, shows up, causing Cheech to run out of the hotel naked and Chong hiding under the bed and having to listen to the couple have rough sex.
Eventually, they realize they accidently signed their part of the ice cream/drug selling business to a insane asylum patient and they sneak in to get him to sign it back when Cheech ends up in a straight jacket and ends up tripping on LSD. The next day a very patient nurse discovered the pair shouldn’t be there, gets their money back and lets them leave the hospital. The movie ends with Cheech and Chong realizing their other business partner got busted by the police and the business ended up getting shut down, so to make ends meet, they have to become mail strippers, named Maui and Wowie.
Do you have to be a stoner to enjoy Cheech and Chong movies? No. Does it help? For sure. There are some random things that pop up that I’m sure make more sense while high as a kite. But they are still funny movie and if you just like watching movies that are fun, you can’t go wrong with Up in Smoke and Nice Dreams.