Up in Smoke

1978, Comedy, 1h 26m

19 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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Oft-quoted but undeniably flawed, Up In Smoke is a seminal piece of stoner cinema thanks to the likability of its two counterculture icons. Read critic reviews

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An unemployed pot-smoking slacker and amateur drummer, Anthony Stoner (Tommy Chong) ditches his strict parents and hits the road, eventually meeting kindred spirit Pedro de Pacas (Cheech Marin). While the drug-ingesting duo is soon arrested for possession of marijuana, Anthony and Pedro get released on a technicality, allowing them to continue their many misadventures and ultimately compete in a rock band contest, where they perform the raucous tune "Earache My Eye."

Cast & Crew

Cheech Marin
Pedro De Pacas
Tommy Chong
Anthony 'Man' Stillman
Stacy Keach
Sgt. Stedenko
Edie Adams
Mrs. Tempest Stillman
Tom Skerritt
Strawberry
Zane Buzby
Jade East
Louisa Moritz
Officer Gloria Whitey
June Fairchild
The Ajax Lady
Lou Adler
Director
Lou Adler
Producer
Scott Conrad
Film Editor
Leon Ericksen
Art Direction
Mike Moder
First Assistant Director
William S. Beasley
Second Assistant Director
Tony De Cristo
Set Construction
Sidney H. Greenwood
Property Master
Wayne Hazelhurst
Set Construction
Pat Mitchell
Sound Mixer
Tommy Chong
Screenwriter
Cheech Marin
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Audience Reviews for Up in Smoke

  • Jan 13, 2012
    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-.
    Chris W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2011
    eh, i respect cheech marin and tommy chong for reasons unknown but still... eh.
    Nay Nay B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 27, 2011
    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. 
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 13, 2011
    it's one of cheech marin's funniest performance that will make you stoned with laughter! A
    Juan C Super Reviewer

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