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Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical [Blu-ray] [2004]

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  • Release Date: 07/01/2016
  • Rating: R

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    Reefer Madness
    The made-for-cable musical satire Reefer Madness is based on the award-winning play of the same name, which in turn was inspired by the notorious -- and deliciously awful -- 1936 anti-marijuana film originally titled Tell Your Children. A smarmy lecturer (Alan Cumming in the first of his three roles in the film) arrives in a typical small town of the late '30s to warn the populace of the dangers of the "evil weed," bringing along a lurid propaganda film to dramatize his message. In broad, unsubtle, and hilarious strokes, the movie-within-a-movie shows how even a squeaky-clean pair of highschoolers named Mary Lane (Kristen Bell) and Jimmy Harper (Christian Campbell) can become hopeless dope addicts by succumbing to the lure of marijuana. Reefer Madness is not only a savage skewering of the original black-and-white movie (some of the musical's campiest lines are taken directly from the earlier script!), but also a devastating attack on what playwrights Kevin Murphy and Dan Studney consider to be the real reason that the 1936 movie was made: to frighten the public out of their wits in order to keep them under the thumb of an oppressive government. Thus, the musical manages to take a number of not-so-veiled swipes at xenophobia, racism, McCarthyism, the Bush Administration's Homeland Security policy, and even the recent FCC clampdown on "offensive" TV fare (one of the film's highlights is a garish nightclub number featuring Jesus Christ). The ebulliently staged songs include "The Stuff," "Down at the Ol' Five and Dime," "Lonely Pew," "Listen to Jesus Jimmy," "Mary Jane/Mary Lane," "The Brownie Song," "Tell 'Em the Truth," and the title number. Officially titled Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical, this film first aired April 16, 2005, on the Showtime cable service. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Kristen Bell
      Kristen Bell - Mary Lane
    • Christian Campbell
      Christian Campbell - Jimmy Harper
    • Neve Campbell
      Neve Campbell - Miss Poppy
    • Alan Cumming
      Alan Cumming - Lecturer, Goat-Man

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Mary Jane


      This movie was one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. This movie is meant to make fun of how we used to deal with drug use in the past. The media used flood our minds with the idea that using drugs will IMEDIATLEY turn you evil. This movie takes that idea and runs with it and they go WAY over the top. As far as the music is concerned, the writers did an excelent job in writing the lyrics. Any song that is able to rhyme Transsubstantiate is written by a GENIOUS. I watched this movie with a bunch of college aged kids and we could not stop laughing for days afterwards. I would recommed this movie to anyone looking for a good laugh.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Musical Comedy!


      This is a fun musical. They added a couple of new songs that were not in their stage production and they are great additions. Most of the songs are great. Even though it's suppose to be a campy movie, some of the acting is still over the top. But I think anyone who likes musicals will like this. Of course it revolves around drug use so some people may want to stay away from it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Love this movie


      This movie is ridiculously funny. Alan Cumming, not sure of spelling there, is brilliant in the several roles he plays. The songs were done well, and you'll probably find yourself singing them once you've watched the movie. The bad thing about this movie is that not a lot of people know about it, as well as not knowing about the original b&w film that it pokes fun at. Great movie, though!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Hilarious Film

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      Highly recommend this film if you like musical comedy.

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