Monday, September 15, 2008

Stop the [Reefer] Madness!

Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical. Dir. Andy Fickman. Perf. Kristen Bell, Christian Campbell, and Alan Cumming. 2005. DVD. Showtime, 2005.

The 1936 film Reefer Madness (a.k.a. Tell Your Children, directed by Louis J. Gasnier, Mill Creek Entertainment, 2007) became a cult classic in the 1970s. I suppose the term "cautionary tale" fits this film exactly. Smoking Marijuana and reading Romeo and Juliet prove dangerous—nay, fatal—in this documentary-style exposé on drug and Shakespeare use. [Note: I approve of the latter (viz. Shakespeare use) while despising the former (viz. drug use).]

The world had to wait until 2005 for the movie version of the musical version of Reefer Madness. The film is uneven, but this song, sung by the naïve 1930s-style teenagers is brilliant.

Links: Reefer Madness at IMDB. Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical at IMDB.
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