Reefer Madness (Tell Your Children) (Doped Youth) (1936)
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This unabashed propaganda film (also known by the title Tell Your Children, a dead giveaway) has become a cult classic of comically bad cinema due to its dated, alarmist views on the dangers of "marijuana addiction" and the exaggerated symptoms thereof. After the onscreen prologue that declares "Something must be done to wipe out this ghastly menace," Reefer Madness launches into a case study of clean-cut WASP couple Bill (Kenneth Craig) and Mary (Dorothy Short), high schoolers who play tennis
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One of the most absurdly earnest exercises in paranoia you'll ever have the good fortune to see.
All the performers either overact laughably or underact to the point of just standing in place and speaking lines in a monotone.
"Reefer Madness" is so outrageously over the top that it's tough to imagine it was taken seriously even in the 1930s.
The film is so idiotic that it almost demands being seen to confirm how bad it is.
As the evidence mounts before us, it becomes clear that the general purpose of Reefer Madness was not pedantry, but vicarious lasciviousness.
The most famous of all the vintage "message" movies from the 30s and 40s only gets, uh, better with age.
...probably the granddaddy of all so-bad-it's-good cult films. I'm not sure it started a welcome trend.
A true guilty pleasure; laughable today. More fun than educational.
A laughable and ignorant indictment of marijuana culture. Even the camp appeal isn't worthwhile.
Not as funny as it sounds.
This is neither the best nor the worst of this sort of thing -- nor even the most salacious. It may, however, be the silliest.
The film is more interesting as a video time capsule reflecting what some saw as a threat to America's moral fiber.
a campy classic, full of awful acting and blatant misinformation
Those of you who enjoy gathering with a bunch of friends and making fun of movies will get a huge kick out of this one, as will viewers who are stoned out of their flowery little minds.
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