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Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical (2005)

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An outrageous tongue-in-cheek musical comedy adaptation of the classic anti-marijuana propaganda film Reefer Madness (1936).

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Andy Fickman

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Kevin Murphy (teleplay), Dan Studney (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristen Bell ... Mary Lane
Christian Campbell ... Jimmy Harper
Neve Campbell ... Miss Poppy
Alan Cumming ... Lecturer / Goat-Man / FDR
Ana Gasteyer ... Mae Coleman
John Kassir ... Ralph Wiley / Uncle Sam
Amy Spanger ... Sally DeBains / Statue of Liberty
Robert Torti ... Jesus
Steven Weber ... Jack Stone / George Washington
Kevin McNulty ... Mayor Harris MacDonald
Stephen E. Miller ... Mr. Paul Kochinski
Robert Clarke ... Principal Poindexter Short
Ruth Nichol Ruth Nichol ... Mrs. Roxanne MacDonald
Lynda Boyd ... Mrs. Deirdre Greevey
Harry S. Murphy ... Warden Harrah
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Storyline

This film tells the tale of the Harper Affair, in which young Jimmy Harper finds his life of promise turn into a life of debauchery and murder thanks to the new drug menace marijuana. Along the way he receives help from his girlfriend Mary and Jesus himself, but always finds himself in the arms of the Reefer Man and the rest of the denizens of the Reefer Den. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug material, sexual content and some violence | See all certifications »

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English

Release Date:

16 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,972
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Showtime Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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The credits list "Dead Old Man" as a production studio in conjunction with Apolloscreen. "Dead Old Man" is the name of a song in the original stage production. See more »

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In the movie FDR delivers a Presidential pardon to Jimmy. In reality, the President doesn't have the right to issue a pardon for a crime under state law, such as murder. See more »

Quotes

Sally DeBains: Yes, I'm waiting for your business in this carnal carnivale. Take a one-way ticket to the Bacchanal. So come on Jimmy, come on give me, *reefer love*!
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References The Meaning of Life (1983) See more »

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Mary's Death
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The funniest of Sundance
30 January 2005 | by kerecsenSee all my reviews

When it comes to musicals, movies like Chicago and Moulin Rouge come to mind. Most people loved one or the other (or both) of those, so Reefer Madness has to work hard to live up to expectations. While it is not as visually extravagant as Moulin Rouge, this movie is just as funny, and while the dances are smaller key than Chicago, they are perfectly choreographed and blend together well. All actors do their own singing and dancing, and they do quite well.

The film is about the negative effects of Marijuana on society, in the form of a fable. An all-out, way over the top, in no way politically correct fable. You start suspecting that the writers are not going to hold anything back as soon as Jesus appears in a single silk loincloth, surrounded by showgirls. Very few aspects of the christo-republican lifestyle are not subjected to some good old fashioned irony and black comedy, but democratic values take a bit of beating too.

Reefer Madness is based on the stage play of the same title, which was fine-tuned during its 8 year run. The effects of the long tweak-time are obvious, the movie is crammed full of jokes -- from small asides to full-on audience rollers -- and there are virtually no duds. The on-screen adaptation lives up to the material, at no point does this flick feel at all like a stage play.

The long practice shows on the performances as well, Kristen Bell and Christian Campbell -- both carrying on their roles from the stage play -- do a great job both as naive 1940's schoolchildren and as uninhabited addicts. A notable change from the play is the addition of Alan Cumming who is putting in a great and unrestrained performance as always.

I saw the movie at a Sundance screening at midnight. Not only was the theater totally sold out, but all of the audience members were wide awake and cheering, clapping, laughing and utterly enjoying themselves for the entire duration.

In case you get a chance to go to a theater-screening, do it, it deserves the big screen. Otherwise don't forget to program your DVR to record the Showtime premiere!

In case it is not obvious from the above, this movie is the definition of A+ fun and entertainment.


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