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The War on the War on Drugs

2 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

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Hilarious and irreverent, poignant and informative, THE WAR ON THE WAR ON DRUGS reveals that a propaganda-filled drug war is ultimately far more dangerous than the drugs it purports to fight. The winner of the award for "Best Experimental Feature Film" at the New York Independent Film and Video Festival, this feature length festival favorite channels the anarchic spirit of its' `70s ancestors The Groove Tube and Kentucky Fried Movie and offers up a rapid-fire succession of skits and sketches with a unifying anti-authoritarian, pro-drug theme.

Shot on video with a team of non-professional actors, making use of some grainy public domain footage and created with short attention spans in mind, director/writer/producer Cevin Soling weaves together over 60 independent short scenes in a wide variety of cinematic styles. Exhaustively researched, the film uses factual information to advocate the usage of mind-altering drugs with tongue firmly in cheek and director Cevin Soling's "throw everything against the wall" mentality is infectious.

The parade of bits includes the Mr.Wizard-inspired "Dr. Science," a children's program in which the titular educator shows how to make LSD before giving his young, uninitiated guest the first sample; a comparison between the elementary school drug-prevention program D.A.R.E. and the Hitler Youth; a serial entitled "Satan's Stepchildren," which consists of old black-and-white movie footage re-dubbed with non sequiturs, and "Frogman Versus Welder," a parody of European art films, as well as many more.

"Ultimately, `The War on the War on Drugs' is "a lively and well-executed satire that sweetens its occasional truths with rebellious humor " Don't miss this surreal parody, which has also mined festival gold at the Winslow International Film Festival, where it captured the Clear Creek Award and the High Times Stony Award for Best Documentary.

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"Hilarious...a lively and well-executed satire...destined for instant pairing with the classic REEFER MADNESS." -- The New York Times

"sly"..."rarely lag[s] in wildly over-the-top wit, wisdom and determined irreverence." -- The Long Island Press

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Product Details

  • Directors: Cevin Soling
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Disinformation
  • DVD Release Date: April 3, 2007
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MR9C6O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,890 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I appreciate what the filmmaker is trying to do but it just wasn't done very well with this film. It has a few noteable scenes but don't get your hopes up too high (pun intended).

Check out Kevin Booth's "The Last White Hope: America's Drug War". It's not a comedy but incredibly informative. Also, see "Plan Columbia: Cashing-in on the Drug War Failure" by Gerard Ungerman and Audrey Brohy.
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Low budget video production with a few "har hars" but pretty lame altogether. Poor sound recording.
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