Stoner comedies may not get much love from cinephiles or the list-makers at the American Film Institute, but cottonmouth classics like Half Baked
show the lighter side of recreational drug use. Up in Smoke
, the 1978 buddy comedy starring Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong, is the granddaddy of all the cannabis classics. Featuring guest turns from Tom Skerritt and Stacy Keach, a deportation to Tijuana and a van made entirely of weed (talk about a green car, eh?), the film was the beginning of the Cheech & Chong film dynasty. Up in Smoke
screens at 8 p.m. this evening at the Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue, Maplewood; 314-968-7487 or www.webster.edu/filmseries
) as part of the Webster Film Series' Strange Brew programming. Admission is $4.
Wed., June 2, 2010