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Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical

Friday the 20th of June

Mary Jane, oh Mary Jane. You conquered me like Charlemagne.
--Jimmy Harper (Christian Campbell) or Original tagline

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USA: 2005 -- Directed by Andy Fickman
Written by Kevin Murphy &Dan Studney
Starring Christian Campbell, Kristen Bell, Alan Cumming, Ana Gasteyer, Amy Spanger & Steven Weber

Reefer Madness! Creeping like a communist, it's knocking at our doors, turning all our children into hooligans and whores!
--Alan Cumming as the Lecturer


If the idea of making a musical out of Roger Corman's Z-movie quickie The Little Shop of Horrors sounded weird, stick around for the all-singing, all-dancing Reefer Madness. Deliriously based on the notorious 1936 anti-pot social-guidance film, this is an ultra-campy enterprise that lands somewhere between Rocky Horror and a John Waters comedy. Christian Campbell and the spritzy Kristen Bell play the innocent teens lured into a soul-sapping cloud of marijuana dependence by pencil-mustached pusher Steven Weber and his long-suffering dame, Ana Gasteyer. The cast includes femme fatale Amy Spanger and a cameo by Neve Campbell, who dances her way through one sequence. The musical was written and composed by Kevin Murphy and Dan Studney, who re-create some of the kookiest scenes from the original movie ("Faster! Faster!"). Their funniest idea is to frame the sordid saga with a black-and-white story of a government agent showing a public-service film to horrified small-town citizens; he's played by the reliably sinister Alan Cumming, who also pops up in a variety of guises in the film-within-the-film. The only problem with this made-for-Showtime version of the stage show is that camp tends to wear thin, especially at 109 minutes, despite the expert song parodies. Even the original hour-long Reefer Madness got old quick. --Robert Horton

Hope to see you there. I'll save you an aisle seat and a hit from my bong.


Awards

Won Emmy Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics (San Studney and Kevin Murphy) for the song "Mary Jane/Mary Lane"

Nominated for Emmys for Outstanding Choreography and Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special

Won Satellite Award for Outstanding Motion Picture Made for Television and Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television (Kristen Bell)

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Memorable Quotes

Sally DeBains: So, how tall are you, Jimmy?
Jimmy: Five feet, nine inches.
Sally DeBains: Let's forget the five feet and concentrate on the nine inches.

Sally DeBains: Join the wonder dance. Lose the underpants!

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Trivia

Kristen Bell, Christian Campbell, and John Kassir all reprise their Off-Broadway roles. Robert Torti only reprises his role as Jesus, all of his other roles are played by Steven Weber.

This is one of the most complicated musicals filmed for television. The movie contains sixteen musical sequences, several complex large-scale dance numbers, and cast members that are proud to display their actual singing voices.

The high school is named after Harry J. Anslinger, the first Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Narcotics (1932), known as the Father of the Drug War.

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Goofs

While it is indeed true that FDR was wheelchair-bound by polio, he had perfected his ability to walk with the support of someone else's arm and could stand upright for a long period of time. He never appeared in public in a wheelchair, and in fact it was not even known outside his circle of associates that he was wheelchair-bound until after his death.

Unlike elsewhere, the flags flying on Roosevelt's car near the end are not 48 star flags but are 50-star flags.

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