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Reefer Madness - The Movie Musical (2005)
IMDb Rating 6.8
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
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
Plot
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
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Drama; Musical
Director Andy Fickman
Producer Rose Lam
Writer Kevin Murphy; Dan Studney
Studio Showtime Entertainment
Country USA
Language English
Audience Rating R
Running Time 108 mins
Movie Release Date 4/16/2005
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It Yes
Index 555
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 11/1/2005
Product Details
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 758445115628
Release Date 11/8/2005
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo [CC]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Cast Commentary
Grass Roots: Behind the Scenes
Cast Biographies
Original Black & White Film From 1936
And More!
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