The Stoned Age
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|The Stöned Age|
movie poster for The Stoned Age
|Directed by||James Melkonian|
|Produced by||David Heyman
Neal H. Moritz
|Written by||James Melkonian
Clifton Collins Jr.
|Distributed by||Lions Gate Entertainment|
The Stöned Age (also known as Tack's Chicks) is a 1994 American comedy film directed by James Melkonian, set during the 1970s about two long haired stoners named Michael Hubbs and Joe Connolly and one night cruising Los Angeles' suburbs looking for alcohol, parties, and chicks.
The story takes place in Torrance, California sometime in the late 1970s.
A pugilistic ex-convict known as "Crump's Brother" is picked up by a local teen while hitchhiking on the freeway and informs him about two women he intends to party with in Torrance Beach. The teen then informs his friends about the situation, but no one wishes to anger Crump's Brother by tagging along.
Joe (Michael Kopelow) and Hubbs (Bradford Tatum), as they drive around town in their 1973 Volkswagen Type 3 Squareback, The "Blue Torpedo" looking for drugs and women. They come across Tack, who informs them of the girls. Their friend Crump, the gas station attendant, also tells them of the girls. They strand Tack at the gas station, and head for Torrance Beach.
They arrive at the house and find an extremely attractive girl named Lanie (Renee Griffin) who sends them off to a liquor store for alcohol. When they return, they find the homeowner's daughter Jill (China Kantner), a misanthropic hippie girl who is Lanie's friend. In the meantime, Tack conscripts his nerdy friend Norm "Snot-rag" Hankey to take him to the beach. They arrive at the house and after a brief scuffle, Tack entices cooperation with news of a party in Palos Verdes, much to Joe and Hubbs' chagrin.
At the house party, Muldoon (Jake Busey), the party host, lets the girls in but shuts everyone else out. Lanie leaves following an altercation with Muldoon and drafts Joe to take her swimming in a neighbor's pool. The police shut down the party, and Hubbs and Jill locate Joe and Lanie next door. Lanie is smitten with Hubbs' aggressive nature, much to Joe's chagrin, and the two walk upstairs for sex.
Having lost their beer to the police, Tack and the others raid a liquor warehouse for beer, and head for the house. Joe and Jill partially reconcile but return to find Tack and the Guzzlers converging on the home. A fight breaks out between Joe and Tack and Jill runs inside, eventually letting Joe back in and locking the door.
After getting stoned, Hubbs tells Joe he's arranged for Lanie to give him fellatio as a "birthday present". Joe finds that Lanie asleep, covers her up, and walks out; he finds Hubbs with Jill making out on the couch; Joe is upset but learns that Jill was the instigator. They are interrupted when Crump's Brother arrives outside and begins to break down the door. They flee to the kitchen but shortly afterwards, they hear the commotion dying out; Jill's father, Warren (David Groh) has returned from a college reunion and beaten the entire crowd of kids—including Crump's Brother—to unconsciousness with great ease. While Hubbs manages to escape by jumping through a window on the upper floor, Warren retains Joe and holds him hostage awaiting the arrival of the police. Eventually, a condescending lecture provokes a fight and Joe and Hubbs dramatically escape just ahead of the police. Enamored with Joe, Jill gives him her full name and geographical location ("north") so he can look her up later.
The police arrest the entire crew of drunken teenagers, and Joe and Hubbs escape in the "Blue Torpedo". Hubbs jocularly chides Joe for his apparent cowardice in moving on Lanie and Jill, and dismisses Jill as a viable partner. Joe, no longer tolerant of Hubb's attitude, wrestles a surprised Hubbs into submission while driving and forces him to capitulate that Jill is "cool". Joe then places the Blue Öyster Cult 8-track tape into the deck and plays "(Don't Fear) the Reaper". The song plays as the Blue Torpedo drives off through the night.
Following the credits, Joe and Hubbs are offered Blue Öyster Cult concert T-shirts outside a convenience store by two men, but Joe refuses because the shirts are bootlegs, and not official. The scalpers are played by actual Blue Öyster Cult band members Eric Bloom and Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser.
The film is based on a short directed by James Melkonian at AFI in 1991, co-written by Melkonian and Rich Wilkes. Michael Kopelow also starred as Joe in the short. The feature script was written by Melkonian and Wilkes in 1991 and was shot in February 1993. The producers initially titled it Tack's Chicks and then Teenage Wasteland, before settling on The Stoned Age. The Stöned Age was produced by David Heyman, who went on to produce the Harry Potter film series.
The film was originally conceived with Led Zeppelin being Joe's favorite band, including "Trampled Underfoot" as the main title song, "In the Light" as the song that would accompany Joe's concert flashback, "Heartbreaker" and "The Lemon Song" as the songs that would introduce Lanie and "Tangerine" as the "pussy" song. However, the rights to Led Zeppelin music was not available and several other bands were considered including Yes, Jethro Tull, The Who, The Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd before Blue Öyster Cult was decided on.
The director acknowledges that there are a number of continuity problems, which are probably due to the low budget. In the kitchen scene, the faces of some crew members can be seen reflected in the front of the microwave oven. Also, at many points during the movie when the scene takes place near a busy road, cars from the 1980s and 1990s are clearly visible. There is also a point in the movie where a sign for the crafts store Michaels, which didn't exist until 1984, is also clearly visible. There are also many other instances of things that didn't exist in the 1970s being clearly visible—or heard, since the Blue Oyster Cult song, "Burnin' for You" wasn't released until 1981.
- Michael Kopelow as Joe Connolly
- Bradford Tatum as Michael Hubbs
- China Kantner as Jill Wajakawakawitz
- Renee Griffin as Lanie (as Renee Ammann)
- Clifton Collins Jr. as Tack (as Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez)
- Kevin Kilner as Officer Dean
- David Groh as Dad
- Michael Wiseman as Crump's Brother
- Taylor Negron as Clerk
- Jake Busey as Jimmy Muldoon
- Richard Chaim as Norm Hankey
- Art Chudabala as Mike Dick
- Josh Berman as Perk
- David R. Parker as Mike New York
- Daniel Collins as Crump
- Frankie Avalon as Himself
- Stevie Rachelle as a party dude
- Blue Öyster Cult – "(Don't Fear) The Reaper"
- Montrose – "Rock Candy"
- Black Sabbath – "Paranoid"
- Foghat – "Slow Ride"
- Blue Öyster Cult – "Burnin' for You"
- Ivory Tower – "Flying Blind"
- Focus – "Hocus Pocus"
- Ted Nugent – "Cat Scratch Fever"
- Foghat – "Drivin' Wheel"
- Larry Owens – "Travel in Style"
- T. Rex – "Get It On"
- Deep Purple – "Highway Star"
- James Kalamasz & Alain Leroux – "Country Fever"
- Wild Cherry – "Play That Funky Music"
- KC and the Sunshine Band – "I Like to Do It"
- The Trammps – "Disco Inferno"
- B. T. Express – "Do It ('Til You're Satisfied)"
- Simon Holland – "Disco Dance Fever"
- Ole Georg – "Visit Bavaria"
- G. Benhamou – "Splendid"
- The Hungarian State Orchestra – "Also Sprach Zarathustra"