Up in Smoke (1978)
May 18, 2018 10:16 PM - Subscribe

Two stoners unknowingly smuggle a van - made entirely of marijuana - from Mexico to L.A., with incompetent Sgt. Stedenko on their trail.

Variety: What’s lacking in Up in Smoke is a cohesiveness in both humor and characterization. Once the more obvious drug jokes are exhausted, director Lou Adler lets the film degenerate into a mixture of fitful slapstick and toilet humor.

Slant: Still, most of the movie’s charm resides with the two comedians, and Adler’s best directorial choices are the simple two-shots that allow Chong’s lighting of a taco-sized joint and Cheech’s “hija de la chingada!” double take to naturally bounce off each other. If Up in Smoke lacks the energy of 1978’s other influential, anti-establishment hit, Animal House, it makes up by rejecting the all-white fraternity superiority of John Landis’s comedy in favor of Cheech and Chong’s pluralizing search for far-out pleasure.


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posted by MoonOrb (4 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
So what, exactly, is a lid?
posted by Literaryhero at 4:12 PM on May 19, 2018

$20 SAIT.

Sorry, it's an 1/8 of an ounce. Some people on the internet seem to be saying it's an ounce, but that sounds like nonsense to me.
posted by ActingTheGoat at 5:08 PM on May 19, 2018 [2 favorites]

Nah, a lid's an ounce.
posted by Sphinx at 10:42 AM on May 22, 2018

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