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Cheech & Chong Still Smokin: I Love the 80’s DVD Review

Cheech & Chong Still Smokin: I Love the 80’s

February 3, 2009

Director: Thomas Chong,
Starring: Cheech Marin, Thomas Chong, Hansman In’t Veld, Carol Van Herwijnen, Shireen Strooker, Susan Hahn,

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DVD Review

By the time Cheech & Chong Still Smokin (1983) came out, the famous comedy duo had already several films under their belt. This time out, Cheech and Chong are in Amsterdam attending the city’s international film festival where they are mistaken for Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton. They assume that they’ve been invited over to party. The organizer (Veld) is understandably disappointed by the mix-up. Regardless, Cheech and Chong enjoy the perks, including being set-up in a luxury suite in a posh hotel.

They quickly acclimatize themselves to the city or, rather, the city’s inhabitants acclimatize to them as Cheech and Chong bring their American style of comedy to Europe. They visit a nightclub which gives them an opportunity to do some of their comedy routines – one involving Cheech parodying a redneck and another with Chong spoofing an old black blues musician. Along with two gay characters, they perpetuate all the worst stereotypes in politically incorrect fashion that would never fly today.

Still Smokin is basically a series of Cheech and Chong skits linked together by their misadventures in Amsterdam. A lot of the humor is quite dated and not as funny as their earlier films. Avoid this one and check out Up in Smoke (1978) instead.

Special Features:

If you have the previous edition, you might want to skip this one as the only new feature is a four-song CD sampler of ‘80s tunes. Hardly essential.

Also included is a theatrical trailer.

J.D. is a freelance writer who is currently doing research for a book on the films of Michael Mann. He likes reading anything written by Jack Kerouac, James Ellroy, J.D. Salinger, Harlan Ellison or Thomas Pynchon. J.D. is currently addicted to the T.V. series 24 and enjoys drinking a lot of Sprite. This is not a blatant plug for the beverage but if they ever decided to give him a lifetime supply he certainly wouldn’t turn them down.
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Rating: 50%

Website: http://www.cheechandchong.com/

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