I want to point out that when I say this is a "seminal stoner movie" I'm not just being pretentious and using the word "seminal" to replace "first" like people do -- I mean it's actually seminal, as in "like semen," as in it created an archetype: We have two friends, who enjoy weed and go on a journey while interacting with a series of bit characters. There's a loose plot -- an end goal that the characters hurtle toward -- but most of the individual scenes don't seem immediately relevant, and if they do end up colliding in the climax, it will only be tangentially related.
Also, hahaha, that fucking cop, it cracks me up so much.
I think the way weed has changed over the years has also changed the way stoner movies are portrayed, right? See, Cheech and Chong keep screwing up -- the whole movie, in fact, they never really know what's going on -- but things work out for them anyway. When they outwit the border patrol, for example, it's purely by accident: Cheech accidentally throws his joint into a car full of nuns, and the ensuing smoke distracts the border agents as they drive away. Similarly, when that motorcycle cop pulls them over, they accidentally get him stoned.
My favorite part of this movie is that the Wikipedia page explains what Cheech's "MUF DVR" vanity plate means, and links to the page for cunnilingus.
Never change, Wikipedia.
I guess my point is, I had trouble paying attention to this movie the second time, but the parts I remember were pretty funny.
Sober Score: I only spaced out and checked Twitter three times!
Stoned Score: C'mon man, don't make me put a number on it.
WINNER: Stoned. By like a mile.