Tonight on show time I watched the pure genius that is Reefer Madness! As musical theatre lover I appreciated the movie right at the beginning when the school play was "Green Grows The Lilacs" which is the play that the musical "Oklahoma" was based on. Not only though was this movie hysterical the whole way through, but the music was incredible and the lyrics and book were outstanding, but on top of it all IT WAS SMART! To take an old movie like Reefer Madness and turn it into a musical and a political satire was pure brilliant! All the performances were outstanding as <more>
well, but to me Ana Gyster stole the show! She is just incredible, her voice, her comedic timing, and every little nuance she adds to make that character hers! Christian Campell was also amazing! In fact there was no performance or part of this movie that was wrong...if you're smart and have a good sense of humor you'll LOVE IT! And if I could rate this movie higher than a 10 I would! P.S Rob Torti rocks my world!
People that didn't like this...just don't like musicals and that's fine. In this day in age where people are so ready to cast musicals off into the film industry abyss, it is great to see something like this come along. If you are turned off by the subject matter you just don't get it. See the original "instructional" short and you will, all too quickly, understand that this movie is right on the money. Big brother government + media fear America of today and back in the 30's. Just think back to last years terror threat scenarios and you will begin to <more>
understand how our government perfers to control by fear and manipulation. Not only is this movie a riot, to me this movie captured the essence of paranoia and "quirkyness" the first one really had. It is well written and combines the best aspects of movies like "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Little Shop of Horrors", both of which are classics as I'm sure this one is destined to become.
Tonight I saw Reefer Maddess at the Sundance Film Festival Opening Night. The movie was a hit! Christian Campbell is an amazing actor, his singing talents are very unique. The plot of the movie was absolutely gratifying. Alan Cumming is a very talented actor, and proved himself yet again with his role in the film.This film contained a lot of dark comedy and a lot of awesome singing and dancing. I would recommend this far more then any other film I have seen in my life.This is not your average Musical/Movie. This goes above and beyond the efforts of Chicago, Moulin Rouge and all of the others.
The next Rocky Horror (by mkiraly)
For those of you who get Showtime, watch this show! For those who do not, cozy up to someone who has the channel, promise to bring really yummy munchies, and wheedle an invitation to watch it. This movie - think of it as South Park guys Trey and Parker given free license to create a live musical - exceeded every expectation for an "originals" picture. The songs were lively, the dance numbers way over the top. There were a couple of slow moments early in the movie but they were only there to contrast with the madness to come. This should have been released to theaters, but I suspect <more>
that someday it will be. Destined to become a cult classic, this film seems to have been made to become the replacement for the moldy Rocky Horror Picture Show for serial Saturday midnight airings. Get out your fake blood, your garish evening dresses, your tacky lingerie, your devil's horns and your Jesus robes. This movie will be around for a long, long while.
Just saw Reefer Madness tonight on Showtime and it was fantastic. I thought the score is very relevant to the politics that are going on currently and were right on target. It was interesting to hear the lyrics commenting on the political "spin" that seems to be very relevant to both political parties. Also the targeting "fear" instead of actual problems is very representative of today's political climate.The cast was great too, especially Christian Campbell who is very talented and very good looking as well - he should be in more! I also enjoyed Steven Weber and Alan <more>
Not great, but pretty good for Showtime (by sbmpx1)
I got the chance to check out the Reefer Madness premiere in NYC last night April 10 and while most of the cast was there yum Kristen Bell! that couldn't stop most people from noticing that the movie felt very long and dragged in certain spots. But why dwell on the bad? Kristen Bell is terrific as sweet and wholesome Mary Lane get it, Mary Lane, rhymes with Jane who knew Kristen was such an adept singer/dancer! There is a song called "Five and Dime" where Kristen all but dances out of her Mary-Janes and for the fellas there is a scene where Kristen succumbs to the ravages <more>
of the deadly marijuana and goes all kinky crazy.... yeah, we're talking' patent leather bra and garters......but the real show stopper is Ana Gasteyer--this woman can sing, dance act and deliver a punch line like nobody's business! She has the best lines in the movie and gets the biggest laughs from the crowd. Alan Cumming is typically tongue in cheek and Christian Campbell is good but it continues to amaze me that he can still play 15 years old, pretty successfully too, even though he is actually 33! So all in all, a pretty good movie musical, but I wouldn't expect many Emmy nomsexcept for acting nods hopefully for Gasteyer and Bell.
Best Musical..uh, Comedy...um,Satire...ALL.! - I've Seen in Years! (by disbarro)
I'm SO used to being disappointed by underwritten roles, songs, plot & dialogue, phoned-in performances, etc., in most of what I see in films and T.V. lately... but THIS is SUBLIME! Though it's hilarious and campy, the lyrics are witty and demand intelligence, and the music's terrific, as is every single performance. But there just isn't any actor or aspect of the show to single out as brilliant; every moment of Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical is no less than perfect! My husband, my friends and I haven't been able to stop watching it it was on Showtime On Demand <more>
'til Saturday , nor can we get the songs out of our heads.... Surely Showtime is going to rerun this on DVD, and PLEASE! release it on DVD A.S.A.P. Do yourself a favor and catch it. And no, I'm in no way affiliated... just a film "buff"!
Tell your children...about this campy comedy (by steve-bailey-1)
"Reefer Madness" Showtime, 4/24/05, 8 p.m. is a heady, sweaty mix of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," "Little Shop of Horrors," and Monty Python that should be eagerly devoured by fans of outrageous black comedy and be energetically avoided by everyone else.For those unfamiliar with the original, "Reefer Madness" began life as a 1936 propaganda movie produced by '30s anti-drug czar Harry Anslinger who lovingly has a high school named after him in the new version . The movie told an eerie tale about the evils of marijuana that was entirely based <more>
on nonfactual theories--chief among them that marijuana would lead its users to immorality, insanity, and jazz piano.The new, musical ! version is an obvious take-off on the original's hysteria. A smug narrator played with perfect pitch by Alan Manning lectures a group of naive parents about the devil's weed. This segues into a movie-within-the-movie about Jimmy, a naive high schooler led down the primrose road by slick drug dealer Jack Steven Weber and his reluctant accomplice Mae "SNL" vet Ana Gasteyer , who have nothing better to do than drag cute high school kids down the road to ruin.Critics have already noted that the '36 movie is too easy a target for satire, but that doesn't stop writers Kevin Murphy and Dan Studney from gleaning huge laughs from cultural naivete. Novices will be surprised to find that much of the new movie's most eye-rolling dialogue comes from the '36 original.And the cast has a ball with the concept. Ana Gasteyer is far too tall and formidable to be playing a slapped-around dame, but she's still a riot with a surprisingly good singing voice . Cumming chews the scenery with the grand fervor of someone with the munchies. I could go on forever, but suffice to say, there's not a bum note in the whole cast.Be forewarned that this is comedy at its blackest. The gore gets laid on a little thick, there's a blasphemous musical number shades of Monty Python's "Christmas in Heaven" that won't do liberals any favors, and the finale tries for social commentary after one-and-three-fourth-hours of campy fun.But "Reefer Madness" gives a hilarious nose-thumbing to those who are all too willing to let jingoists do their thinking for them. It's an absolute hoot."Reefer Madness" is unrated but would probably earn a PG-13 or R for brief nudity, sexual situations, and stylized violence and gore.
It's just so damn funny and even if you're not the biggest musical fan I know that I'm not a big fan , you will enjoy those musical numbers/interludes or what you want to call them! It's just so crazy in a good way , that you can't imagine that something similar to this might have been made in the past ... but the movie connection shows here, that there is indeed a movie from the 30s. And this is a ... "remake" of sorts ? ! I've got to get my hands on the original movie ... it's got to be great fun ... although it was not intended to be!! The cast <more>
clearly had a blast making this movie and that elevates it even more. The humour is great, the timing is fantastic, only one or two musical numbers do feel out of place to me ... but other than that ... GREAT! A real reefer MADNESS! ;o If you like crazy/non-PC movies, than go out rent and watch this!