In honor of the “Dumb and Dumber” sequel being released this weekend, I thought I would give a shout-out to the original “Dumb and Dumber” duo, Cheech & Chong. I saw this movie for the first time in January 1982 on HBO when I was 12 years old and sick with the flu. It was one of the worst flu’s I’ve ever had, but up until that moment in my life, no movie ever made me laugh harder this this one and I directly credit the endorphins that this film released with my recovery a day afterwards. Maybe I was on way to recovery anyway … who knows? Who cares! After nearly 35 years, this film still holds up as a demented and surreal comedy masterpiece and is the BEST of all the Cheech & Chong movies. “Up in Smoke” is really good, but “Next Movie” is much better in my opinion.
Included here are several scenes from the film. Most of them are juvenile and stupid and not safe for work. But even as a jaded mid-40s something, they still make me laugh.
My favorite scene is a weird scene where the fellas visit the local welfare office so Cheech can get a quickie with one of his girlfriends while Chong sits in the lobby with clinically insane people, including … what I believe is … the first appearance of Michael Winslow in a film. This looks like an outtake from a Robert Downey Sr. film.
Cheech sings “Mexican Americans”
The “soap” scene:
Chong’s “guitar solo”