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Reefer Madness (Tell Your Children) (Doped Youth) Reviews

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August 26, 2016
The original so-bad-it's-good movie? Or the original stoner comedy? Either way, whatever the precautionary tale that this film's Christian Conservative financiers sought to tell was, it backfired. Spectacularly. As old as it is, the narm is harder to engage in for those accustomed to modern Asylum mockbusters, Troma Era VHS B-movies, or even Ed Wood disasterpieces, but it's a classic of bad cinema for a reason.
April 3, 2016
So bad it's good. It's hard to believe that this was made as a serious movie to show the dangers of marijuana usage. It's a movie that must confound most aspiring filmmakers, because it just refuses to go away.
December 26, 2015
The most misguided anti-marijuana film ever made, fairly funny due to its massive flaws.
½ December 15, 2015
Featuring the kind of absurdist propaganda that would have North Korea telling them to tone it down, Reefer Madness is a movie so grossly misguided and ill-informed that I'm not sure whether to laugh at its ridiculous proclamations, or be severally depressed that some people may have actually believed them. It intends to be a cautionary tale on the dangers of drugs, but what it demonstrates is that those who made it don't know a single thing about them. You know when one of your friends tells you a story you quickly realise is complete rubbish but you keep listening out of obligation? That's this movie in a nutshell. The crux of the film is 'Marijuana is the worst drug in the world, even worse than heroin.' And yes, they do actually say that at one point. Considering how the actors behave when they're supposed to be stoned, this film would have been much more believable, but no less ridiculous, if it was about something like cocaine, ecstasy speed etc. As is, it's an awfully plotted, written, acted and edited perversion of the truth which is so laughably bad that, ironically, the one thing you'll be craving while watching it is a big, fat joint.
November 30, 2015
One of the most famous exploitation films of the 1930s, Reefer Madness, a film that also goes by the names of ‚??Dope Addict‚?? and ‚??Tell Your Children‚??, is known for its hilariously hysterical attempt at crafting a morality tale that made sense. It is an overly exaggerated cautionary tale of the dangers of cannabis use, which to society was a cruelly imposed addiction on the youth of that time, but I‚??m finding it pretty hard to even imagine that people actually believed this folly. Rediscovered in the early 1970s to a drug-heavy society knowledgeable of which drugs were strongest, Reefer Madness became an unintentional satire for pretty much everyone that saw it. It is even regarded by some as one of the worst films to ever get made, but Reefer Madness doesn‚??t deserve that title because for 1) it was born out a different context, and 2) the characters‚?? performances and their actions are just downright bizarre. As soon as the students take their abominable first puff, they descend into insanity, committing every crime imaginable in the process. From hallucinations, to a hit and run accident, attempted rape, manslaughter, suicide and madness, Reefer Madness seriously couldn‚??t be further away from the truth, showing how propaganda can be misleading too in the process. To make matters worse, the drug dealer is a guy in a suit inviting the students over to his house to smoke, but when one character is thirsting for another joint like a dehydrated man in need of water, Reefer Madness has just got to be a cult classic. There has got be a special mention for Dave O‚??Brien, whose bat-shit crazy performance merely elevates the value of the film. You could actually look at Reefer Madness as the 1930s equivalent of Trainspotting and Requiem for a Dream, so it probably did make sense 80 years ago, but what we can all agree on is that they chose the wrong drug!

The Verdict:

An utterly ridiculous and misguided depiction of marijuana‚??s potential risks, Reefer Madness has become unintentionally hilarious thanks to its melodramatically amplified outlook.

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October 16, 2015
So bad, it's funny. especially that the people who've been smoking get so manic! You can tell that the people who wrote this did so for an audience that knew nothing about the subject. Today, even those who have no familiarity with marijuana would know that it has the opposite affect and leaves one very laid back, and so nobody could be taken in by it.
September 13, 2015
Funded by a church group to show the world the evils of "marihuana", this cult film grew in popularity because its so bad. I didn't enjoy it, as it was not unintentionally funny enough, but there was one or two crazy moments which made me smile (but not laugh). It truly earns the title of one of the worst movies of all time.
September 12, 2015
Yep, smoke some dope and you too can become an ax murderer! LOL!
August 17, 2015
Best enjoyed either with a joint in your hand or the prior expectation of seeing one of the most famous so-bad-it's-good B-movies of all time.
August 10, 2015
pure crazy propaganda
½ May 6, 2015
This is a movie financed by the U.S. Government with the intent to demonize Marijuana. They even misspelled it "Marihuana" just like in the U.S. Legal Code. The first part of the film is standard anti-drug footage made in the 1930's by the U.S. Narcotics Bureau. Most of this footage shows Heroin and pills confiscated by Government. They had one scene of an empty lot in New York that had Marijuana plants growing in it. The story was a fiction story about a drug pusher selling pot to teenagers. The "effects" of the pot in the movie was totally opposite of real pot. Real potheads are lethargic and slow moving. In this movie the people smoking pot were hyper and fast moving. One of the characters becomes psychotic and is committed to a mental hospital. Another character jumps out a window and commits suicide. This film was put out to build up political support for the first Anti-Marijuana laws. At the time Marijuana abuse was not a big problem. Alcohol prohibition had just ended and the government prohibition officers needed another substance to outlaw to justify their jobs. The effect of this film and others that followed was to glamorize Marijuana use. People who had never heard of Marijuana tried it and found out that the government was lying about its effects. Overtime a drug problem grew when there had been no problem before.
½ April 27, 2015
So bad, it's hilarious, this movie is the definition of total suckage.
½ February 22, 2015
And, yet, I'm being nice because this film, although sometimes interesting is a highly fictionalized tale, full of bullshit, sometimes even disturbing story about the use of cannabis. I watch the colorized version because you can't see anything in the original version. It's a classic trash film for sure and is the mother of propaganda drug movies. It's either overacted or underacted but one is in common: the acting is bad.
February 13, 2015
No stars. Absolutely hilarious for all of the wrong reasons. If you like riffing films, you'll have a high old time with this one!
December 28, 2014
This is a classic. It honest have a few good actors in it, but it try to hard to make it seem like weed make you mad that it's fall flat and silly. I lost focus to be honest in the beginning but as the movie picked up, I was having fun. I would watch this again for the hell of it.
½ September 20, 2014
With its poor acting, half-assed propaganda style and messianic principal come to rid the land of filth, this is a classic of bad cinema.

Also, that kid did not miss the hoop because of "marihuana addiction."
September 18, 2014
Horrible! X( This isn't even in the category of so bad its good because its so dull. They take this stuff waaaaay to seriously.
½ August 28, 2014
Awesomely horrible, everyone really should watch this at least once, for the terrible acting, terrible writing, and preposterous plot. You have to keep reminding yourself they are talking about pot, then you just start snickering. I don't want to judge the filmmakers as total idiots, but I sure hope they didn't believe any of this crap and were just concerned citizens exageratting everything to make a point, you know like all the PSA I was forced to watch as a kid.
½ August 21, 2014
So much WTF. If you're out for fleeting moments of camp and silliness (stand-out for me is the guy driving "high", speeding through town at all of 45 MPH, to which the guy next to him warns him to "Slow down, you're gonna kill someone") there are tidbits here and there to laugh at. However, it is a long slog through ridiculousness, earnest but dull dialogue, and uniformly terrible acting to laugh at the fact anyone at all thought this could be taken seriously.
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