Reviewed byTheMarquisDeSuaveVote: 5/10/10
Believe the hype. This is one of the most hilariously over-the-toppieces of propaganda ever committed to celluloid. It's constantlyunintentionally hilarious, especially Dave O'Brein's performance asRalph.
So, what happens when a bunch of clean-cut teenagers (who strangelylook like they're in their thirties) take one of puff of the evil viledevil's weed? They become homicidal perverted rapist dope-head fiends!There is so much useful information to be obtained from this film. Forinstance, did you know that marijuana is worse than cocaine? Or did youknow how to hide your joints in your high heel shoes? Or that marijuanacauses lifetime insanity? It's all here in this underground cultclassic. (5/10)
Reviewed bysaugoofVote: 3/10/10
I doubt that anyone still takes this movie seriously these days but it'sfunny seeing how people went paranoid about pot in the 30's. There are lotsof wildly exaggerated or plain wrong comments and accusations in it. Bestamong them are that pot is more dangerous than Heroin, it will make youviolent and eventually incurably insane.
The film details how smoking pot changes the lives of a couple ofall-american teenagers. In fact, they're so clean cut, nice to their parentsand just plain perfect that you're actually happy when their lives turn bad.On the way there we see some really funny overacting and the way that middleAmerica thought people behaved after smoking pot. A single puff immediatelyhas you in hysterics, after a couple of minutes it's down to pre-marital sex(hey, that's enough to get me hooked!), followed by a violent paranoia andfinally of course, insanity.
The film is fairly standard propaganda stuff and follows the three importantpropaganda ingredients to a T. It's badly acted, exaggerated in hammeringhome a couple of points and frightening the uninformed about the fact thatno one is safe from this great danger. It is however fairly lengthy for apropaganda movie and it's not as ridiculous as I expected. Although thereare some really funny scenes that rightly make this a classic.
Reviewed byLee Eisenberg (firstname.lastname@example.org)Vote: 10/10/10
My 10/10 rating is of course because "Reefer Madness" is so bad thatit's good. And boy is it! Meant as an anti-marijuana propaganda film,the whole thing basically makes marijuana look fun. The plot has somewholesome teenagers getting duped into smoking marijuana and turninginto lunatics (thereby idiotically implying "One puff and you'rehooked!"). The first mistake that the movie makes is calling marijuanaa narcotic; anyone should know that marijuana is a weed. Obviously, thelaw-and-order types have always used this type of propaganda to arrestanyone whom they don't like. But anyway, "Reefer Madness" isunintentionally hilarious. "That '70s Show" once did a spoof of it,portraying Red imagining Eric getting addicted. For the record, there'sno such thing as marijuana addiction; people just like smoking it. Andwho wouldn't want to try some after watching this movie?!
Propaganda film that relates the story, as told by high school principal Dr. Carroll to parents at a PTA meeting, of the scourge of marijuana. The tale revolves around Mae and Jack, accomplices in the distribution of marijuana, who manage to entice the local high school kids to stop by Mae's apartment to smoke reefer. The lives of all who are involved with this menace are inevitably shattered. One man becomes so addicted to the killer weed that the guilt over framing a teen for murder causes a judge to order him to be committed for life to a mental hospital! Dr. Carroll closes by advising us to not incur the same tragedy.