A brand new Cheech and Chong movie is coming and the man directing it seems to be the perfect fit, as the comedy duo has tapped Jay Chandrasekhar to helm the new movie. The news came from Tommy Chong himself, who said that they are in preliminary meetings right now but it looks like it will be a lot of fun. Here is everything you need to know about the new Cheech and Chong movie.
Cheech and Chong
Honestly, while Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong are almost an American landmark for an entire generation of stoners, they will return to a society who may have no idea who the duo are. The last time the pair teamed up for a real Cheech and Chong movie was 1983 with “Still Smokin.” This means that anyone under 30 was not born when the comedians last teamed up in a movie.
Cheech and Chong began teaming up in 1971 and did stand up routines across America, specializing in the hippie movement and used a lot of drug and counterculture humor in their acts. In 1978, the two teamed up for their first movie “Up in Smoke,” which was a major success making over $44 million at the box office. They continued on with their successful stand up act and had more movie hits in “Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie,” “Nice Dreams” and “Still Smokin.”
The duo broke up in 1985 and Cheech went on to have a successful movie career. Many movie fans will recognize him from films such as “Machete,” and “Desperado” while he also lent his voice to many animated movies, including “The Lion King” and “Cars.”
Tommy Chong was not as lucky. He had some success thanks to his being a counterculture icon, gaining roles in TV shows like “That ’70s Show” and “”Dharma and Greg,” but he spent time in jail as well. In 2003, the U.S. Attorney’s office went after Chong for selling bongs and water pipes online and the courts sentenced him to nine months in prison.
The idea of a new movie with Cheech and Chong should make their fans happy, and the fact that they sought out Chandrasekhar to direct it is great news as well. While his work outside of Broken Lizard has been inffy, with “The Dukes of Hazzard” remake and the little seen “The Babymakers” as the only other efforts, his work with Broken Lizard has been fantastic. For those unaware, Broken Lizard is the comedy troupe that created “Super Troopers,” “Beerfest” and “Club Dread.” They also make “The Slammin Salmon,” but Chandrasekhar did not direct that one.
What these movies have in common is a counterculture theme that shows a great influence to movies such as those made my Cheech and Chong. There has been a rumored sequel to “Beerfest” called “Potfest,” with Willie Nelson, Cheech Marin and Snoop Dog all agreeing to take part in, so it looks like the new Cheech and Chong movie might fit right up that alley.