Sunday, September 23, 2012

Cheech and Chong's Next Movie (1980)

Please click the link to read my review of Up in Smoke. (By the way: these are the only Cheech and Chong films that I can watch...Nice Dreams, Still Smoking, The Corsican Brothers and the others are all pretty awful).  

Synopsis: Loveable potheads terrorize Pee Wee Herman.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “For more than ten years, Cheech and Chonge have been producing a unique style of humor for an army of loyal fans. Now Cheech and Chong are back in an all new riotous comedy that brings out the zaniness in this dynamic pair and takes them through a movie studio, a welfare office, a massage parlor, a police raid, the living room of a very rich family, a near-riot at the ‘Comedy House’, and finally into space!”

What Did I Learn?: 1) Responsibility is a heavy responsibility. 2) Cheech Marin is a terrible driver.

Really?: I could bring up the UFO and the “space coke”, but Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie isn’t meant to be taken all that seriously. That said, I’ll simply say: 1) it’s awfully convenient that Donna shows up during Cheech’s dream as he’s yelling: “get out of here!” 2) Where did Cheech and Chong get all of that lowrider crap to transform the van? 3) Not that many comedians challenge members of the audience to come on stage and then walk away.

Rating: I can’t say that Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie is a good film - it doesn't even have a plot! - but it is very funny in places (I still love the opening scene). That said, it loses a bit of steam after the aging stoners visit their local welfare office. While it very likely deserves a lower grade, C&C’s Next Movie was a favourite of mine growing up, and I still find it strangely charming. 8/10 stars.

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