SIFF Cinema Egyptian Capitol Hill
Fri April 20, 9:30 pm
Recommended by Sean Nelson
Weed culture and low comedy can be nauseating bedfellows, but after 40 years, Cheech & Chong’s debut film, Up in Smoke, remains an indelible document of counterculture insinuating itself into the mainstream, one van made entirely out of “fiberweed” at a time. The film is gross, inappropriate, and in poor taste at every turn, but, as Harry says to Sergeant Stedenko at the crucial moment, sometimes you just need to “go with it.” PS: Yes, that is Tom Skerritt as Strawberry, and yes that is Strother Martin as Chong’s father, and yes those are proper LA punks/new wavers at the battle of the bands. Far out, man.