Friday, May 27, 2016

Cheech and Chong's Next Movie (1980)

Director: Tommy Chong

Writers: Tommy Chong, Cheech Marin

Composer: Mark Davis

Starring: Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Evelyn Guerrero, Betty Kennedy, Sy Kramer, Rikki Marin, Peter Bromilow, Paul 'Mousie' Garner, Shelby Chong, Michael Winslow, Rita Wilson, Paul Reubens, Edie McClurg

More info: IMDb

Tagline:  Just what we all need! A really good hit!

Plot: The two stoners and their friends go through another series of crazy, drug-influenced misadventures.

My rating: 3/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

I didn't laugh once but the funniest part of the film isn't in the film but on the movie poster that I just noticed.  "Read the JOVE Book".  There was a book?  HA!  I wanted to like this movie.  Hell, I like C&C.  Some of the shit on their comedy records is fucking hilarious.  Granted, I wasn't even a teenager when I first heard them but having heard some of it 30+ years later, it still holds up.  Fortunately this was one of those flicks I threw in the player to watch while I worked.  I still gave it my attention but I was astonished at how unfunny it was.  It's very disjointed as if it's a day in the wacky life of these guys. Let's face it, these two characters don't need a traditionally structured picture.  Stream of conscious style storytelling would work with these two but their attempt with this film falls heavy and flat.  I loved seeing Paul Reubens (looking very much like Pee Wee Herman) and Edie McClurg.  Hell, it was kind of cool seeing Michael Winslow do his thing but his scene seemed like it belonged inside of a talent show movie because that long scene was only there to show him off.  I couldn't believe how long this film went without getting so much as a smirk out of me.  If it was made with the intention of only being funny if you're stoned, then you could get the same result by bustin' out the reefers and watching Burger King training videos. The Paramount DVD comes with an anamorphic widescreen print (looking like a great 70s drive-in print) and devoid of any extras.


  1. Your mission, should you choose to accept it: review Burger King training videos :)

  2. Ugh. Please, no. Wait, are Cheech & Chong in any of them? That's a game changer right there.