If you were a fan of a certain herb or counter-culture comedy back in the 70s (my formative years), tonight’s Cult Classic Series selection at Enzian at 9:30 (only $5) is the one for you–Cheech & Chong’s UP IN SMOKE (1978). Booked to coincide with the dope-centric duo’s first live shows in decades and reunion tour swing through the Sunshine State this past month, their first (and best) film finds them searching high and low in LA and Tijuana for some great pot so they can perform at their optimum level at a battle of the bands at LA’s Roxy. Stacy Keach is the cop on their tail, and Tom Skeritt, Strother Martin, Edie Adams and Zane Buzby join in on the ridiculous fun that was actually directed by the pair’s record producer, Lou Adler.
The trials (not a pun) and tribulations of these two comedians since their heyday have been well documented: Cheech’s roles as a character actor (including TV’s NASH BRIDGES and Hurley’s dad on LOST) and some bad toupees along the way, as well as Chong’s unfortunate persecution by the US government (see A/K/A TOMMY CHONG for a real eye opener) that resulted in jailtime, and perfect casting as Leo on TV’s THAT 70s SHOW. So it’ll be great to see them again in their moronic, lazy, genial prime in a work that’s guaranteed to still provide a kilo of laughs. Harold and Kumar owe a huge debt to this testament to the halycon days of unbridled substance abuse, and the scatalogical and drug-related humor remains innocent, cartoon-like, and surprisingly funny.
But remember kids–there’s no smoking in the theater, so you’ll need to prep before you arrive.