Cheech & Chong's Next Movie

Cheech & Chong's Next Movie
Cheech & Chong's Next Movie

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tommy Chong
Produced by Howard Brown
Written by Tommy Chong
Cheech Marin
Starring Cheech Marin
Tommy Chong
Evelyn Guerrero
Edie McClurg
Paul Reubens
Music by Mark Davis
Cinematography King Baggot
Nick McLean
Distributed by Universal Studios
Release date(s) July 18, 1980
Running time 99 min.
Country United States
Language English

Cheech & Chong's Next Movie is the second feature-length film by Cheech and Chong, released in 1980. It was directed by Tommy Chong.



Cheech & Chong's Next Movie opens with both men on a mission to siphon gasoline for their neighbor's car, which they apparently "borrowed," and continue with their day; Cheech to work and Chong searching for something to smoke. Cheech gets fired from his job and they go to see Donna, a welfare officer and Cheech's girlfriend. Cheech successfully seduces Donna, under her objections, and gets her in trouble with her boss. The doped-up duo are expelled from the building and, in an attempt to find alternative means of income start writing songs like, "Mexican Americans" and the more derogatory "Beaners."

Cheech answers the phone to find Donna on the other end, sets up a date, and goes to tell Chong to get lost so he can clean the house and get ready for Donna. The phone rings again with Cheech thinking it'a Donna and turns out to be Red, Cheech's "kinda" cousin, with money problems and a plea for help. Cheech asks Chong to pick up his cousin and hang out with him as Cheech informs him they have similar interests like "go to clubs," "get plenty of chicks," and "likes to get high." Chong heads off to the hotel where Red is staying and arrives to find him in a dispute with the receptionist (played by Paul Reubens) over how much the room is costing ("$37.50 a week, not a goddamned day!"). The receptionist is holding his luggage, consisting of a boom-box, a suitcase, and a 20-pound canvas bag full of high-grade marijuana, hostage and Red can't afford the bill. They break into the room around the back and Red retrieves his luggage.

Later, on the corner, a roller-skater invites them to a "party," which is in fact a brothel. They are kicked out of the place for causing too much commotion, sharing weed with the girls, and peeing in the jacuzzi. With one of the girls from the brothel accompanying them, they all go onto Sunset Boulevard in search of adventure and more highness. Later that night, they check out Red's weed fields out in the countryside and are abducted by aliens, along with several of the cannabis plants. Cheech meanwhile gets so pumped and excited about the date that he wears himself out and ends up sleeping through it, while dreaming about what might have happened. He wakes up in the morning to find Chong bursting in, dressed in what appears to be a cross between Genghis Khan and a Viking, holding a jar of "Space Coke", which Chong says, "It'll blow your head off." The film ends with the two bursting through their next door neighbor's roof into outer space, achieving the ultimate high and Chong dropping the "Space Coke" back to Earth for others to try.


Considered by some critics at the time to be a superior film to the previous Up In Smoke, the film however performed somewhat less than expected at the box office. According to some sources, including Tommy Chong, the film actually made more money during its second-run release in double-bill with the Blues Brothers film.


There are two versions of this film in release. One is the theatrical version shown during its initial release, the other is a heavily edited version aired on several cable networks. The edited version adds in some cut scenes - such as the neighbor being revealed to be a transvestite, and extended footage on the alien spacecraft - but also has some of the more drug-related scenes cut or altered. Most notably altered is the contents of Red's duffel bag, which in the TV version contains not hundreds of thai sticks, but diamonds.

The original theatrical release & early home video editions have Cheech singing the song "Ya-Ya" in the scene where he is ironing his clothes for his date. Newer releases have this audio removed and different audio in its place.

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