Thursday, November 12, 2015

Still Smokin (1983)

Director: Tommy Chong

Writers: Tommy Chong, Cheech Marin

Composer: George S. Clinton

Starring: Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Hans Man in 't Veld, Carol van Herwignen, Shireen Strooker, Susan Hahn, Arjan Ederveen, Kees Prins, Mariette bout, Fabiola, Carla van Amstel, Linnea Quigley

More info: IMDb

Tagline: You can always smell the excitement in the air.

Plot: Cheech & Chong are invited to a celebrity party/festival in Amsterdam. When they get there, however, it turns out that the guy who invited them has taken off with all the money, and the rest of the hosts have a VERY limited budget. They are actually expecting Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton, so our heroes gets to be Mr. Burt and Mr. Dolly. We follow them around Amsterdam, at their hotel, (still) smokin' joints and doing shows.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

Well, I guess I can say it's a step up from CHEECH AND CHONG'S NEXT MOVIE (1980).  35 years ago (as a budding teenager) I thought these guys were hilarious but then all I knew of them was from their comedy records.  I'm watching their movies for the first time and they're not good.  I laughed a couple of times.  Chong autographing the bellboy's hands was funny when one of them raised his sleeve and asked if he'd sign his arm for the elevator operator.  The only other time I laughed out loud was when the hot Dutch maid had sex (off screen) with Cheech and then Chong and showed various animals (giant turtles, rhinos, etc) fucking.  Like NEXT MOVIE, there's barely a plot which only serves to string together bits that are supposed to be funny.  The last twenty or so minutes is the pair doing their stage show which is almost the best part of the picture.  Almost.  The movie within the movie has its moments.  The thing is, these two guys are really talented but their movie writing is awful. The Paramount DVD has a great, vintage looking anamorphic widescreen print and the sole extra is the theatrical trailer which is also anamorphic widescreen.

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