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Reefer Madness - The Movie Musical (2005)

Kristen Bell , Christian Campbell , Andy Fickman  |  R |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kristen Bell, Christian Campbell, Neve Campbell, Alan Cumming, Ana Gasteyer
  • Directors: Andy Fickman
  • Writers: Dan Studney, Kevin Murphy
  • Producers: Andy Fickman, Dan Studney, James Veres, Jan Korbelin, Kevin Murphy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Showtime Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: November 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AYQOA6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,109 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Reefer Madness - The Movie Musical" on IMDb

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If the idea of making a musical out of Roger Corman's Z-movie quickie The Little Shop of Horrors sounded weird, stick around for the all-singing, all-dancing Reefer Madness. Deliriously based on the notorious 1936 anti-pot social-guidance film, this is an ultra-campy enterprise that lands somewhere between Rocky Horror and a John Waters comedy. Christian Campbell and the spritzy Kristen Bell play the innocent teens lured into a soul-sapping cloud of marijuana dependence by pencil-mustached pusher Steven Weber and his long-suffering dame, Ana Gasteyer. The cast includes femme fatale Amy Spanger and a cameo by Neve Campbell, who dances her way through one sequence. The musical was written and composed by Kevin Murphy and Dan Studney, who re-create some of the kookiest scenes from the original movie ("Faster! Faster!"). Their funniest idea is to frame the sordid saga with a black-and-white story of a government agent showing a public-service film to horrified small-town citizens; he's played by the reliably sinister Alan Cumming, who also pops up in a variety of guises in the film-within-the-film. The only problem with this made-for-Showtime version of the stage show is that camp tends to wear thin, especially at 109 minutes, despite the expert song parodies. Even the original hour-long Reefer Madness got old quick. --Robert Horton

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Based on the propaganda film from 1936 that has become a cult hit, Reefer Madness is the height of camp entertainment! Framed as a "documentary", a straight-laced high school principal (Alan Cumming) seeks to impart his wisdom about the demon weed by telling a frightful tale about the fate of two innocent teens who fall under the spell of the drugs. Filled with outrageously funny and musical performances by Neve Campbell, Christian Campbell, Kristen Bell and Steven Weber, Reefer Madness is the feel good event of the year!

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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will Jimmy Harper choose Mary Jane over Mary Lane? November 12, 2005
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"Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical" is a meta-musical, because unlike "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" it works best based upon your knowledge of the original cinematic text, anti-drug propaganda, and certain aspects of 20th century American history. In the 1936 film "Reefer Madness" a school principal tells a group of parents the cautionary tale of two high school kids, Bill Harper and Mary Lane, who attend a party at the apartment of shady adults Jack and Mae where joints are given away free to get the kids hooked. Mary's kid brother Jimmy runs somebody down high on weed and Jack ends up framing Bill for shooting Mary.

For "Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical" the story remains basically the same, although now the Bill and Jimmy are combined so the kid in trouble is now Jimmy "the Cannibis Killer" Harper (Christian Campbell), which is an economical change. But the more significant change is that instead of an academic figure the lecture is now given by a person (Alan Cumming) with obvious but unnamed connections to the forces of government who are overly concerned with the need for vigilance. Although much is made of William Randolph Heart's efforts to stomp our marijuana because hemp producers threatened his logging interests, the lecturer is decidedly a figure of the 1950s in terms of fear mongering, casting aspirations regarding patriotism, and emphasizing decency. One of the best elements in the film's satire has an audience member taking exception to some wild claim that the lecturer has made. But every time Mr. Kochinski (Stephen E. Miller) finds something far fetched, the lecturer hits back by quoting cold hard "facts" from Heart's newspaper.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Hooked on Reefer Madness December 29, 2005
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This is a movie that you want to share with friends. One great funny line follows another, the cast gets to show off their singing and dancing talents, which are considerable. The songs are memorable. The DVD case smells like a chocolate chip cookie. What more can you ask for?

The movie is structured as a film within a film. Parents of local high school students attend a special screening of an anti-marijuana propoganda movie (entitled "Tell Your Children") with a lecture from a representative of William Randolph Hearst, played by Alan Cumming. As "Tell Your Children" progresses and those who question the various holes in logic are threatened and humiliated by the lecturer, the parents slowly become xenophobic -- shooting accusing glances at an Asian woman attending the screening, for example.

A previous review stated that this movie is making fun of those "innocent" time when people knew dance steps. In point of fact this movie is making fun of those who would divide society by creating a culture of fear, even when there isn't much danger.

The last lines of the movie illustrate this:

{SPOILER ALERT! BUT THIS MOVIE IS GREAT EVEN IF YOU KNOW THE ENDING!}

"And when the reefer has been destroyed/ We'll go after Darwin and Sigmund Freud/ And sex depicted on celluloid/ And Communists and freaks!"

"When danger's near/exploit their fear!"

"The ends will justify the means!"
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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I've seen the movie in a special screening at my cinema and i have to say, i loved it, like most of the people, who have seen it with me, did. Well, it's a musical, so you expect music and dancing, but this one has so much more...

At first, the idea of transferring the original "Reefer Madness" from 1936, especially a anti-drug-campaign-movie, into a musical was thrilling enough for me to take a look in it. And i wasn't disappointed.

Secondly, the cast is great, i didn't see the "real" musical, so I cannot say how they are on stage, but they did a very good job on screen. And Neve Campbell, whose role was originally a male role, did a very nice and good dancing and singing job.

Well, at last, the songs... they are quite catchy. I cannot say how often I saw myself humming the mary lane song (after you've seen it, you'll know what I mean ;) ).

Well, i hope the DVD will show up with some specials, like a behind-the-scenes or Making-of.

Well, to put it in a nutshell, if you like Musical-Movies, if you like movies, which take themselves not too serious, if you like having fun while watching a movie... buy it!

I'm sure, I will! :)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Musical since South Park, if not Ever! November 7, 2005
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Okay, the original "Reefer Madness" film has been a cult hit forever, so when there was a musical produced, it only made sense that sometime, somewhere, someone would make a movie version of Reefer Madness the Musical. And let me just say that Showtime completely knocked it out the park. Everything about this film is absolutely perfect. Well, not everything, to be honest, if you were stoned there is no way you could possibly sit through the entire thing. It's two hour running time begins to get old around an hour and 15 minutes, but that is more than remedied with the epic zombie filled ending. Yes, that's right, I said zombies.

Honestly, if you are reading this review, it means you are at least somewhat interested in this DVD and if you're somewhat interested you really need to buy it. Whether you watch it all at once or in specific segments, it is one of the funniest movies I've seen in years. It's definitely the best musical since South Park the Movie, and it's probably the best made for TV movie ever.

And I cannot say enough about how good Alan Cumming is in this movie. His performance is pure brilliance and must be seen to be believed. This movie is great!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Own.
This is like the 4th copy of this movie I've ordered. Friends keep borrowing it for months till I tell them they can have it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Patrick Calder
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun!
The original 1930's propaganda film is included. Watch it first if you haven't seen it. Then you'll really,really enjoy the musical--which is hilarious.
Published 3 months ago by Arthur Maglin
5.0 out of 5 stars Reefer Madness
Truly appreciating this movie does require you to be familiar with the original PSO "Reefer Madness" and it helps if you know a bit about the general paranoia of the early... Read more
Published 4 months ago by AP
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music - Incredible Dancing
This is a sppf set to music on the original 1938 scarre version put out by Hearst who really haqd an issue with hemp and not marijuana itself. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Joseph Bongiovanni
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like a musical to show the silly side of marijuana prohibition
Reefer Madness the Musicial does the only thing possible in today's political climate: It highlights the suburb idiocy of a culture that criminalizes a beneficial plant anyone can... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Always looking for a good read
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT comedic send-up of all those anti-marijuana movies from the...
This is a very much tounge-in-cheek tribute to the anti-pot movies we watched as kids. Steven Webber is hilarious as Jack, the hood who corrupts kids souls with the evil weed, but... Read more
Published 7 months ago by BA blacksheep
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy the madness!
This humorous take on the original "anti-drug" movie feels even more wacked out than the film it was based on, since it's taking pot shots (no pun intended) at all the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Vic George 2K6
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
The most underrated musical I've seen in ages. Funny, over the top (okay, WAY over the top), irreverent, and entertaining. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Miss Hell
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done
I didn't realize how closely the musical followed the extremely in-depth story line to stress a single point. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mike Chandler
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
I can't say enough about this fantastic movie! If you're a fan or a critic of the original 1950's propaganda film, you will love this modern musical take on the troubling effects... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Dramamama
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