Cheech and Chong's Up In Smoke (High-Larious Edition) (1978)
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.
There's nothing straight about this movie. But here's the dope anyway: Cheech and Chong make their film debut in this riotous rock'n'roll comedy, bringing with them the same madness, lifestyles and sketches that sold over 10 million records in the early '70s. Cheech and Chong's marijuana-laced humor keeps their spirits high and leads them to an outrageous finale in L.A.'s Roxy Theatre, where Cheech performs in a pink tutu and Chong dresses as a large red quaalude. It will make you feel very funny.
Actors: Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Strother Martin, Edie Adams, Harold Fong
Directors: Lou Adler
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: R (Restricted)
DVD Release Date: September 4, 2007
Run Time: 86 minutesCheech and Chong's Up In Smoke (High-Larious Edition) (1978)
Warning! The viewing of this film may cause uncontrollable laughter, blurry vision, and a strang sense of euphoria. Experience the best legal high you can get as legendary comedians Cheech Marin & Tommy Chong make their high-larious film debut in this smokin' 30th Anniversary Special Collector's Edition DVD. Sit Back, relax, and grab some munchies as the two buds light up the screen in a cultivatingly crazy adventure that not only crosses borders, but puts the buzz back in comedy. It's a party you'll never forget... If you can only remember!