Reefer Madness (2005) Tell your children: Reefer Madness is not for them. But those of legal age — and perhaps illegal interests — will get a kick out…
DVD Review

Reefer Madness (2005)

Reefer Madness (TV Movie - 2005) | 'REEFER' ALONE Campbell & Co. have the munchies
Image credit: Reefer Madness: James Dittiger
'REEFER' ALONE Campbell & Co. have the munchies

Details Release Date: Nov 08, 2005; DVD Release Date: Nov 08, 2005; Movie Rated: R; With: Christian Campbell and Alan Cumming; Distributor: Showtime Networks Inc.

Tell your children: Reefer Madness is not for them. But those of legal age — and perhaps illegal interests — will get a kick out of the charcoal-black comedy, a winking update of 1936's celluloid sermon and the reincarnation of a frill-free stage show. The supersize budget is put to good use in a swirl of gore-happy special effects and elaborate song-and-dance sequences. And the cast sure can carry a tune. Most noteworthy: sweet Mary Lane (Veronica Mars star Bell), lashing out in kitten-with-a-whip mode. S&M has never had such a catchy beat. EXTRAS ''It's like Fiddler on the Roof for the crack generation!'' jokes screenwriter-composer-executive producer Dan Studney in ''Grass Roots: Behind the Scenes.'' Studney and his cast and crew keep things quippy in a commentary track, whether they're discussing instrumentation (using electric guitar for racy drug ditties versus acoustic guitar for G-rated ballads) or influences (Busby Berkeley, revered by '60s and '70s potheads). But the biggest howler is the inept black-and-white original, included here, which hasn't gotten any better over time.

Originally posted Nov 04, 2005 Published in issue #849 Nov 11, 2005 Order article reprints