April’s a good month for stoner humor

On 4/20 (heh heh), it was possible for you to watch two good comedies if you were tokin’ up. Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters is the big screen debut for the Adult Swim cult hit about an order of fries, shake and a meatball (named Frylock, Master Shake and Meatwad, respectively) who have to save the city from total destruction resulting from the accidental assembly of a super home gym. They’re chased by time-warping aliens who may be as dumb as our heroes are. Quite honestly, if you spend time trying to make sense of this movie, you’ve been watching too many movies. It’s just plain hilarious and proves you can make a very funny animated movie with very static characters. The dialogue’s the thing here, and much of it, especially with the aliens who claim to have invented the city-destroying home gym, is very cleverly handled. I also love the opening where movie patrons are asked to be quiet and pay attention in probably the least subtle way possible. That should be a snippet shown in every suburban theater before each movie.

The second movie, Grandma’s Boy, surprised even me. When I first looked at the cover art and read the premise, I did a lot of eye-rolling. But when I watched it with my roomies, I realized this was a damn funny movie with well written characters, including stoners who actually hold somewhat decent jobs and are productive (yes, filmmakers and screenwriters, such people do actually exist). A pot-smoking video game creator is forced to move in with his grandmother and her two two roommates and covers for this “embarrassing” situation with his work pals by claiming he lives with three hot babes. It’s rude, crude, offensive, off-the-wall and a real hoot with some great writing for what’s basically a sort of “throwaway” comedy. 

If that wasn’t enough, coming to theaters soon is another stoner comedy, Gregg Araki’s Smiley Face, about a tokin’ gal’s attempt to land an acting job in Los Angeles. I’ll be looking for that one soon.

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