Still Smokin (film)

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Still Smokin
Cheech & Chong Still Smokin'.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byTommy Chong
Produced byPeter MacGregor-Scott
Written byTommy Chong
Cheech Marin
Starring
  • Cheech Marin
  • Tommy Chong
Music byGeorge S. Clinton
CinematographyHarvey Harrison
Edited byJames Coblentz
Ian Crafford
David Ramirez
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • May 6, 1983 (1983-05-06)
Running time
91 min
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$15,543,710

Still Smokin is a 1983 American comedy film directed by Tommy Chong which consists of a live performance and sketch comedy by Cheech and Chong, and a wraparound story in which the comedians arrive in Amsterdam for a film festival and are confused for Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton.[1] While the film grossed $15 million, it received predominantly negative reviews.

Plot[edit]

Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong play versions of themselves being invited to Amsterdam for a film festival devoted to Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton. After initially assuming that Cheech was Reynolds, the promoter soon finds out that neither Reynolds nor Parton will appear, forcing the festival to be canceled. In need of a replacement act, he goes to Cheech and Chong for help, and the duo, which has not performed live on stage in several years, happily volunteers to give a live performance.

For much of the film, they do versions of many of their recorded characters (with the exception of Pedro and the Man, whom they had already portrayed on film in Up in Smoke) and several new skits. As most of the sketches featured did not directly fit into the narrative, they are instead presented as cutaways. The final act of the movie features their live performance (filmed at the Tuschinski Theater in September 1982[2]), climaxing with a version of the "Ralph And Herbie" routine.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Vincent Canby of The New York Times wrote, "With 'Still Smokin',' Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong are scraping the bottom of the barrel and finding only bits and pieces of the characters and comedy routines that were so successful in their earlier films."[1] Variety panned the film as an "amateurish, incompetent excuse for filmmaking."[3] Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune gave the film one star out of four, writing that it "barely qualifies as a movie," adding, "'Smokin'' indicates Cheech and Chong's disrespect for their own audience and makes some of their other miserable films look good by comparison."[4] Richard Harrington of The Washington Post wrote, "Richard 'Cheech' Marin and Thomas Chong are 'Still Smokin''—that's even the name of their latest film venture—but the daffy fires that often lit their four previous films are in danger of extinction. Or, to put it in terms they and their friends surely will understand, it's down to seeds and stems."[5] Linda Gross of the Los Angeles Times wrote, "This is the same old stuff. The humor, if you can call it such, is crass, crude, predictable, scatological, lascivious and lame."[2] Leonard Maltin's film guide gave it the lowest possible grade of BOMB called it "Rock-bottom. Not even the most forgiving C & C fans can justify this nonmovie that climaxes a scant plot involving an Amsterdam film festival with twenty minutes of laughless concert footage."[6]

The film has a score of 11% at Rotten Tomatoes based on 9 reviews, with an average rating of 3.19/10.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Canby, Vincent (May 7, 1983). "Film: More Cheech and Chong". The New York Times. 16.
  2. ^ a b Gross, Linda (May 11, 1983). "Same Old Stuff from Cheech, Chong". Los Angeles Times. Part VI, p. 6.
  3. ^ "Film Reviews: Still Smokin'". Variety. 20.
  4. ^ Siskel, Gene (May 9, 1983). "Sloppy 'Smokin'' may even burn Cheech & Chong fans". Chicago Tribune. Section 3, p. 8.
  5. ^ Harrington, Richard (May 13, 1983). "Smoke Without Fire". The Washington Post. B4.
  6. ^ Maltin, Leonard, ed. (1995). Leonard Maltin's 1996 Movie & Video Guide. Signet. p. 1247. ISBN 0-451-18505-6.
  7. ^ "Still Smokin'". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 19, 2019.

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