Holy sheep shit! CHEECH AND CHONG’S NEXT MOVIE made its way to Blu-Ray yesterday thanks to the fine folks over at Shout! Factory. The release is part of their Shout! Select series, which seeks to shine a spotlight on the essentials in film. Featured on the disc is an interview with Cheech Marin himself, reminiscing about the making of the film. Shout! Factory has granted DAILY GRINDHOUSE an exclusive portion of the full interview; think of it as a small toke off of the one-hitter.
“What we discovered in the making of NEXT MOVIE is that that was a Cheech And Chong movie, it was a day in the life of,” Marin explains, “which was much more interesting and funny than plot.”
NEXT MOVIE was released in the summer of 1980 and acts as an odd snapshot of L.A. during the dawn of the decade. The film features early performances from DAILY GRINDHOUSE favorites Phil Hartman, Cassandra “Elvira” Peterson, & Michael Winslow as well as Paul Reubens. It’s worth nothing that the film marks the cinematic debut of Reubens’ Pee-wee Herman character, just about a year before The Pee-wee Herman Show aired on HBO. The film was a follow up to 1978’s UP IN SMOKE and features Marin and Chong as a pair as marijuana enthusiasts carrying a gigantic bag of primo grass (diamonds in the heavily edited TV version) around the City Of Angels and the shenanigans the guys (as well as Cheech’s cousin—Dwayne ‘Red’ Mendoza—also played by Marin) get themselves into. NEXT MOVIE is loose, episodic, and juvenile. It’s also very funny and includes plenty of memorable moments including Marin singing “My Scrotum” to the tune of The Knack’s power pop hit, “My Sharona” and a ridiculously silly slapstick bit involving a bottle of pee and a bag of soap.
The film marked Tommy Chong’s first time (officially) in the director’s chair. Chong would go on to direct NICE DREAMS, STILL SMOKIN’, and for better or worse, CHEECH & CHONG’S THE CORSICAN BROTHERS.
CHEECH AND CHONG’S NEXT MOVIE is now available through Shout! Factory.