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CHEECH & CHONG’S NEXT MOVIE – DVD Movie
It’s a shame that a film like this will be mostly dismissed by a society that will see this as nothing more than a “stoner” film. While admittedly the humor often contains drug references, there are several scenes that I think anybody could enjoy and have a good laugh at.
While I agree with many reviewers here as to what are some of the funnier scenes, the two that really do it for me is the one in the Welfare Office. This is just physical comedy at its very best. While Chong waits for Cheech to “visit” with his lady friend, he is seated next to an old man, and a very odd character played by Michael Winslow (and it is very apparent what a brilliant comic he is, and it’s too bad his talents went to waste in countless Police Academy sequels). I cannot even begin to describe this scene, but those who have seen the movie know what I am talking about. Those who haven’t need to do themselves a favor and watch the movie, if only for this scene alone. Even the look on Chong’s face is authentic–he’s not acting here–he is equally confused and entertained by what’s happening around him.
Shortly after this scene comes another great one, where Cheech performs his song, a warm and loving (and hilarious) tribute to Mexican Americans. It has been days since I watched this and I still have that song in my head.
I would highly (no pun intended) recommend this film to anybody that needs a great laugh and is not easily offended by drug and sex jokes.
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Nostalgia for my childhood recently caused me to buy and watch the Cheech and Chong movies (with the exception of The Coriscan Brothers). Aside from realizing I shouldn’t have been watching those movies in my pre-teen days, I realized how well done they are. Most amazing to me was that they held up one after the other, feeling not repetitive, though each of them is rather episodic. Most impressive was Chong’s direction; he makes a number of interesting choices that elevate him beyond the status of writer/star who has enough power to direct; clearly, he took this role quite seriously. The movies, of course, are not serious. I rarely laugh out loud in movies these days, but I did at least a half dozen times in each of these. The characters are not only given funny situations in which to work and funny lines to deliver, but each of them is presented with a kind of earnestness that makes them likeable, and the films all he more watchable.
Great movie…but…would be a better DVD if it had both versions. The version (not included) in questions is the heavy censor TV version. Instead of “weed” they are carrying “diamonds”. That version has a better soundtrack as well. Also, cartoons, and more UFO scenes. Usually censorship makes for a bad movie, but in this case it makes for a totally stupid, great, awesome movie. It just proves how far censors would go in the 1980′s. Universal should release a disc with both “classic” versions. Oh, and Edie McClurg is great in this one! Welcome cone to “The Next Movie” yall cmon in…rockin soundtrack!
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