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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
"Do I got water in my ear, or are you givin' me guff?"
I first rented this movie several years ago when I was perusing my local Hollywood Video store. This was back in the days when you could actually go to a brick and mortar store and rent movies (Hollywood Video has since gone out of business, I believe). Anyway, I saw this sitting on the shelf, and it piqued my interest. I had never heard of it, but something about the box's artwork, and the ludicrous concept of turning "Reefer Madness" into a musical seemed really interesting to me.
Boy, was I ever glad I took a chance on this movie. I've probably seen it about a dozen times now, and it's just plain hilarious! There are incredibly catchy, well performed tunes here, like "Mary Sunshine", "Listen to Jesus, Jimmy", and "Eat the Brownie". Perhaps my favorite song in the movie is "The Truth", as it is performed at the end of the story, and it perfectly encapsulates the rather clever take that the writers utilized in criticizing the government's previous efforts to ban marijuana for shady motives. The line by Alan Cummings during this number perfectly summarizes the criticism that the producers have of the government's efforts: "When danger's near, use their fear- the end will justify the means." Even more than the "marijuana scare", I found that this message applied even more aptly to George W. Bush's personal war in the middle east.
Paired with the great songs are hilarious visuals, including people throwing piles of books onto a bonfire (for fear of knowledge), kitschy wardrobes, and Satan hanging out with Jesus in heaven's nightclub. Truly weird and wonderful, this movie is a hidden gem.
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By Patrick Peterson
LOTS of thrills! Will make you go "oh my gosh" and hopefully in a good way. Outstanding cast, they all get to shine and I definitely applaud the script work for that. The movie is 90% joy. Does its best work when it's portraying the idyllic, pristine early 40's and the "terrifying" baked miasma/fiesta of those wicked reefer bingers. The lead Christian Campbell is ideal at both, making strides from G-rated to impish scene by scene. This really works as a musical, but you have to get used to it. One number was too campy for me, another was too preachy. But most song pieces were spot-on: like the shake shack tango (absolutely startling!), and the come-to-Jesus moment where Jimmy is invited to choose between a destiny of love or torture.
The pitches are not as perfect when they go and tie the themes into real life, which is one of the film's ambitions, you can tell. It feels like less effort was spent on realizing this. But that's only at a few spots in the movie, spots that I wish were as funny and easy to swallow as the rest of the running time. But I mean, you can't beat some of this stuff.
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Worthy of a Rocky Horror-esque cult following
By Micah Russell
This movie was far better than its direct-to-Showtime status would have you believe. It's a musical adaptation of the original black-and-white cult classic that also serves as a social commentary on the way our government exploits the helpless masses... read more This movie was far better than its direct-to-Showtime status would have you believe. It's a musical adaptation of the original black-and-white cult classic that also serves as a social commentary on the way our government exploits the helpless masses. Did I mention it's hilarious and the tunes are infectious? I think Reefer Madness is worthy of a Rocky Horror-esque cult following.