Up in Smoke (1978)

Dir. Lou Adler
Starring: Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, etc.

Mitchell said he liked this when he was 12, but I don’t think I could recommend this to anyone else, except for maybe Kevin. I’d be taking a guess with everyone else. I was skeptical when I saw this in the 1001 book and the film didn’t change that.

The film is about two drug-addled losers who unwittingly smuggle a truck made up of marijuana from Mexico. Along the way, they pick up some hitchhikers and enter and punk rock contest. A group of police lead by Stacey Keach is in pursuit throughout the film.

What can I say? This is just not my humor. I must admit that the humor is in some instances clever or at least not completely stupid. If there is one thing noteworthy about the film, it is the fact that the film is a variation on the road film. Instead of Hope and Crosby, you now how these two post-hippie dunces as the protagonists. The Cheech and Chong characters are an original and somewhat interesting update on Hope/Crosby, the Three Stooges and other slapstick personae from the past. That’s about the best thing I can say about the film.

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