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Cheech and Chong's Up In Smoke Film Review

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Up in Smoke is a comedy movie launched in 1978. The celebrities embrace Cheech Marin as Pedro De Pacas, Tommy Chong as Anthony 'Man' Stoner, Tom Skerritt as Strawberry, and Stacy Keach as Sgt. Stedenko. It’s produced by Lou Adler (The Rocky Horror Image Present) and Lou Lombardo (The Black Fowl). The director is Lou Adler.

The story follows two aimless hippies who meet when one among them, Pedro, picks up the opposite, Man. Man and Pedro begin to smoke an enormous joint of marijuana and find yourself parked on the median. The cops discover and arrest them, however the two hippies are launched on a technicality. The following day they go on the hunt for some extra pot and arrive at Pedro's cousin Strawberry's home. Strawberry leaves Man there whereas he and Pedro go to "some folks" to get some. Alongside the best way, Pedro spots some cops exterior the home as Strawberry goes into one among his Vietnam episodes and leaps off the cycle, leaving Pedro alone within the passenger automotive to steer. He crashes right into a telephone sales space the place he calls Man to warn him in regards to the cops, however Man can't hear him so he goes exterior. Lastly, Pedro returns with the remainder of his band all dressed as movers and get Man out of there. After shopping for some low cost marijuana, Man and Pedro are arrested and deported to Mexico. Pedro arranges a experience again to the US along with his upholstery-smuggling uncle, however they arrive on the unsuitable handle and, unknowingly, take a van made totally of hardened marijuana again to the border. In the meantime, Sergeant Stedenko and his workforce are scorching on the paths of the hippies to cease the pot from getting into the states. The workforce locates the hippies simply after they cross the border but it surely loses them on account of its personal stupidity. Pedro and Man decide up two girls who persuade them to enter a Battle of the Bands the place the winner will get a document contract. Stedenko tracks the hippies to the "Rock Combat" as Pedro and his band get able to play.

One characteristic of the movie that’s exceptional is Stacy Keach's portrayal of the inept Sgt. Stedenko. He’s the chief of a four-man workforce set to make one of many largest drug busts in US historical past, $ 9 billion value of marijuana which Man and Pedro are smuggling within the type of a van. Stedenko is an egotistical cop seeking to turn into well-known for making the bust, however is regularly operating into obstacles on account of his incompetent workforce. He runs into each Man and Pedro individually within the restroom, not conscious that they’re the 2 hippies he's in search of. Every time, they by accident urinate on his leg. Additionally, we see the stupidity of his workforce when Stedenko orders one of many members, Harry, to shoot out the tires however doesn't inform him whose to shoot. Harry shoots out the tires on Stedenko's automotive, inflicting the workforce to lose the marijuana van. The sergeant meant to shoot out those on the van, not on his automotive. He goes on a rant about Harry being a "silly, silly man!"

Up in Smoke might have been meant to revive a way of life that was on the decline, the lifetime of a hippie. All through the film, we see the aspect of a hippie that seems solely by the eyes of different hippies, the seemingly carefree way of life of regularly being stoned. There are a lot of examples of pot being portrayed as one thing good. One specific scene that involves thoughts is when Pedro's band is taking part in within the "Rock Combat". At first, the group is hostile in direction of them and Man is sick to his abdomen. However when the marijuana smoke enters the sector from the boys' van exterior, the group loosens up and the sick hippie is revived. The folks love Pedro's band on account of the smoke.

To wrap, Up in Smoke isn’t a lot when it comes to a plotline however when you like watching unintelligent cops attempt to catch two equally unintelligent hippies, then you’ll have the time of your life.

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