Cheech and Chong probably don't get the credit they deserve for founding the stoner buddy comedy, which is now so prevalent. You do wish their films were actually funny or, at least, not so terrible. You can't do much with a film that thinks naming an Asian character Toyota Kawasaki is funny, even if you're stoned. "Up in Smoke," from 1978, is the first of their many films together and features a van made of weed. It is a semi-important culture artifact, but it is pretty awful. Stacy Keach, Tom Skeritt, and Strother Martin co-star. Lou Adler, who produced the Mamas & the Papas, directs, sorta.
Hey, man!... (uh)... You know, man, like, Up In Smoke, man, is, like, actually so bad, man, that it's, like, you know, man, almost good, man... Yeah, man!_____ I'd say that Up In Smoke is probably the one and only one-note-joke movie out there that actually doesn't even try to pretend to be anything else, but just that - A One-Note-Joke._____ And, as a one-note-joke, Cheech & Chong sure got plenty of mileage out of being 2 of the biggest and most bungling dope-heads you're ever going to encounter in any blinding cloud of marijuana smoke._____ And, hey, man, you don't have to be stoned, man (but it might help), to enjoy this nearly plot-less movie. But, hey, try to be at least in a fairly good frame of mind and don't expect anything Oscar-worthy from Up In Smoke and that way its disappointment-factor won't amount to too much._____ This is actually a kinda tough movie to rate - The best way that I can describe Cheech & Chong is to say that they were the Beavis & Butthead of the late 1970s and Up In Smoke is a prime example of their bad-ass brand of stoner-comedy that certainly boasts no rivals.
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