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The War on the War on Drugs

The War on the War on Drugs (2002)

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Average Rating: 3.3/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 4

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Shot with a team of nonprofessional actors, Cevin Soling's frenzied collection of comedic "bits" makes a joke out of the "War on Drugs." The politically incorrect lineup of off-the-wall skits includes "Dr. Science" (a children's television show that teaches kids how to make LSD), "Satan's Stepchildren" (a compilation of black-and-white movie clips with overdubbed dialogue) and "Frogman Versus Welder" (a parody of European art films).

Apr 3, 2007

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The War on the War on Drugs is a lively and well-executed satire that sweetens its occasional truths with rebellious humor.

January 28, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Generally witless ode to illegal substances.

June 24, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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The War on the War on Drugs strings together 60 amateurish short films to tell us drugs are cool, man.

June 24, 2005
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Like so much drug-related humor, it's best suited for viewers who happen to be really, really wasted.

June 23, 2005 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Ineptitude is so thorough here that War on . . . could only make sense as a sinister governmental smear campaign to justify the war on drugs and total sobriety.

June 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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This sly guerilla documentary takes pot shots, pun intended, at both the absurdities and victim injustices inherent in the US government's longstanding campaign against lighting up.

August 8, 2007 Full Review
Long Island Press

The film becomes repetitive and dull.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Drugs can be a catalyst to all kinds of creativity... and they can hamper it, too. Unfortunately, that seems to be the case here.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Like so much dope humor, Soling's logic is fuzzy, and you'd have to be pretty high to find any of it funny.

June 24, 2005 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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