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Up in Smoke (1978)


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Then professional potheads Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong teamed up for Cheech & Chong: Up In Smoke, which features the drug-addled duo on a road trip throughout California; that is to say, a road-trip they hope will culminate in finding some quality weed. Instead, a series of mishaps result in their respective deportations to Mexico. Desperate to get back to the states so they can perform in their band's gig later that night, Cheech and Chong unwittingly agree to drive a very unique car across


Action & Adventure, Comedy


Tommy Chong, Cheech Marin

Nov 21, 2000

Paramount Pictures

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (10) | DVD (13)

What's lacking in Up in Smoke is a cohesiveness in both humor and characterization.

May 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety | Comment (1)
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Director Lou Adler (the record producer) finds a few chuckles, but mostly it's amateur night.

May 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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As the most fun comes not from watching the movie but from recalling great lines later, it would seem that the audio success of C & C has not translated too well into visuals.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The funniest of all the Cheech and Chong movies, Up in Smoke provides a feast of gags for the sympathetically minded.

May 7, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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This Cheech and Chong weed comedy was dismissed by most critics (and parents) but it was embraced by young viewers and launched the subgenre of "stoner" comedies way before Linklater made Slacker.

April 12, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

As far as comedic ingredients go, weed is not so much a surefire laugh-getter as it is a free-floating lubricant capable of setting off wicked complications.

September 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Comment (1)
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Cheech & Chong had their act down pat by '78 and turned out to be a natural movie-comedy team.

April 9, 2007 Full Review Source:

Up in Smoke is the world's most revered -- and most idiotic -- drug movie.

September 6, 2005 Full Review Source:

one joke stretched too far

November 8, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

A cult drug movie that lacks decent acting, script or direction.

July 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comments (2)

The duo wrote the genial script about the never-ending search for great pot, and a good supporting cast co-stars.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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The boys first, and still their best, foray into cinematic stonededness.

July 25, 2002

Audience Reviews for Up in Smoke

Man Stoner: Mostly Maui Waui man, but it's got some Labrador in it. 

"You'll be rolling in the aisles."

Every stoner out there owes a little something to Cheech and Chong, and this movie, Up in Smoke. This was the first time we saw a true "stoner" film and it still holds up decades later. The genius in Cheech and Chong is that they are able to successfully take every myth, every dumb stereotype about marijuana and make them into hilarious jokes. The way they talk is the biggest joke of all. They are using what everyone really expects out of a so called "stoner", and use it for material. You gotta admit, it's pretty genius.

Up in Smoke follows the two characters of Pedro(Cheech) and Man(Chong). The two meet when Chong is hitchhiking and Cheech pulls over because he thinks it's a woman. The two hit it off right from the start, smoking the biggest, thickest joint you're ever likely to see. When they get stranded in Mexico after being deported, they agree to drive a van across the border. They think they're smuggling in upholstery, but unknowingly to them, the whole van is constructed from marijuana. A dumb detective and his even dumber henchmen are right behind them the whole way.

Up in Smoke has achieved a sort of cult following, but don't let that take away from how classic this film happens to be. I'm not ever going to argue that this is a masterpiece or an overly important film(exception is that it started the stoner comedy genre, but you would assume that would have came to being without this). What it is though is a fun and hilarious one. Obviously the jokes are mostly centered around marijuana, so it helps if marijuana humor is something you like.

Everyone has their own opinion on the film. A lot of people love it, but a lot of people hate it also. There's a lot of reasons to hate it, if you want to look. It doesn't have much of a plot, it's stupid, it's basically a one joke comedy, and some would even go as far as to say that Cheech and Chong were doing a disservice to America's youth by glamorizing marijuana. So if you want to hate it, hate it. I however, after probably the tenth time I've seen it, still love it. Up in Smoke is one of those go to movies when I just smoked up, it's midnight, and I'm bored. 
March 6, 2013
Melvin White

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This is the film that pretty much kicked off the stoner comedy genre as we know (and as some love) to this day .Cheech and Chong were already known, but this really sent their careers sky high.

Since this is regarded as a cult classic, and the type of film where how you view it will affect your opinion of it, I do need to probably go ahead and admit that this film is overrated. I did have a few drinks in my system beforehand, and I kinda dig stoner humor even when I'm not altered, but even then, this film really pushes your buttons and tests your patience.

It's all so random. I mean, the plot is basically two guys randomly meet (and instantly become best friends) then spend the rest of the film trying to get weed. Seriously. I mean, yeah, there's slightly more to it, such as trying to get a band's career to take off, but there's really not much to it.

It is funny, but even when you're slightly altered, this is just overly silly and dumb, and I really wondered why this film is so highly regarded. Sure, I laughed a number of times, and was amused, but that's mostly because, as dumb as it sounds, I have a thing for ridiculous situations and silly faces. Cheech makes the best, by the way.

I am tickled by the fact that Tom Skerritt is in this, but even then, I am all over the map with how I feel about this, I sorta recommend it, but even then, I'll admit that it really is kinda junky. C+ to B-.
April 16, 2012
Chris Weber

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First twenty minutes are fun, it quickly goes down hill from there.
December 28, 2011

Super Reviewer

The last time I saw this movie I was 10 and didn't get it. Today it still holds up as a funny movie that makes me miss my family in California.
September 23, 2010

Super Reviewer

    1. Man Stoner: [after spitting out the judge's drink] Fuckin' vodka, man!
    – Submitted by David E (20 months ago)
    1. Man Stoner: [Cheech starts toking on the giant joint] Toke, toke it up, man! [Cheech starts coughing] Kinda grabs ya' by the boo-boo, don't it?
    – Submitted by David E (20 months ago)
    1. Man Stoner: [talking to Strawberry's bird] Wanna get high? Wanna get high? [the bird repeats his words]
    – Submitted by David E (20 months ago)
    1. Sgt. Stedenko: [referring to Man Stoner] Some asshole pissed on my leg!
    – Submitted by David E (21 months ago)
    1. Sgt. Stedenko: [to his assistant after the man shot out their own car tire] You are a stupid, stupid man.
    – Submitted by Don B (3 years ago)
    1. Man Stoner: Hey, hey don't take those, man.
    2. Pedro: ...Wha?
    3. Man Stoner: I almost gave you the wrong shit, man.
    4. Pedro: Hey, man, I already took 'em, man.
    5. Man Stoner: [laughing in astonishment] Hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo...
    6. Pedro: Hey, whaddaya mean 'ho ho ho ho ho?'
    7. Man Stoner: Oh... HU-WOW, MAN!
    8. Pedro: Hey, what was in that shit, man?
    9. Man Stoner: You just did the most acid I've ever seen anybody eat in my life!
    – Submitted by Sam B (3 years ago)
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