In the fourth film outing for stoner duo Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong, the pair attends the Amsterdam Film Festival, a venue that affords them ample opportunities for obtaining all the sex and drugs they want. Though the boys have been invited as guests of the festival, organizers are actually expecting Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton. A wacky case of mistaken identity ensues, and the duo flexes its comedic muscles through sketches and impersonations.
Canadian born Tommy Chong could boast a curious mixed lineage: Chinese, French, Scotch and Irish. A musician by inclination, Chong dropped out of high school as a sophomore, frequently working as a band member to support himself. At one point, Chong was playing with The Vancouvers, for whom he helped write a hit song, “Does Your Mama Know About Me?” Chong was exposed to quite a few improvisational comedy groups during his musical career; he developed a knack for getting laughs on his own, forming an improv group called City Works, which performed at a Vancouver nitery run by Tommy’s brother. It is here that Chong met erstwhile humorist Richard “Cheech” Marin, who’d left his native Los Angeles for Canada in order to avoid the draft. Breaking away from City Works two years later, Cheech and Chong (as the act was now known) developed several routines built around the characters of two dim-witted dopers who aspired to nothing more than “good grass.” By 1972, the team had won a Grammy award… read more