Information for Parents
Common Sense Media says not for kids
Extremely vulgar, drug-filled comedy from 1970s material.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Cheech & Chong's Animated Movie is packed with drug humor, with exaggerated quantities of drugs consumed being the source of most of the jokes. Pot is the main drug, but cocaine, reds, acid, and wine are also mentioned. Sexual content is an issue, with various sexual images shown for shock and/or gross-out value. Language isn't constant, but contains several uses of "s--t." Violence is a minor issue, with some fighting and some fake ads that encourage suicide and gouging zits (some blood and other bodily fluids are shown). This is absolutely not for kids, though teens might be attracted to the outrageous humor and rebellious tone.
- Families can talk about why drug humor is funny. Are drugs really that funny? What would really happen if someone took as many drugs as these characters do?
- What was it about Cheech & Chong's prime, in the 1970s, that won them success? Was it just the drugs, or the shock humor that did it? What was going on at the time that made them relevant?
- Are Cheech and Chong cultural stereotypes, or not? Why?
The good stuff
Positive messages: The movie is made up of little segments that basically celebrate rebellious, counterculture, and lazy behavior, as well as consuming vast amounts of drugs. No lessons are learned, and there are no consequences (except for one segment, wherein Cheech is comically arrested for possession of drugs).
Positive role models: Though Cheech & Chong are a legendary comedy team, they are not particularly role models, at least in this movie. Their characters are both lazy, dumb stoners. Sometimes they get away with their harebrained schemes, and other times they don't, but either way, their actions are far from admirable.
What to watch for
Violence: There's a fake TV ad encouraging suicide. Another fake TV ad for zit cream that involves scraping up the face and filling holes with putty (blood is shown). Characters argue and get into a fight in a classroom. Sister Mary Elephant yells at her class to "SHADDUP!" In a doctor's office, a boy's nose explodes, and green stuff (snot?) goes all over the walls. There are lots of pee, poop, and fart jokes, with excrement shown. The characters watch a somewhat violent movie on TV, with a Nazi questioning a prisoner.
Sexy stuff: Strong innuendo and sexual content throughout. The very first shot shows crabs living in an extreme close-up of a woman's hair-covered private parts. A man is seen getting oral sex in a car at a drive-in. (The woman's head bobs below the screen, but the sound effects are enough to indicate what's going on.) A character walks away with an erection under his pants. A character's pubic hair is shown while he's urinating. We meet "Sore Throat" (a parody of "Deep Throat"), who is assumed to be a prostitute of some kind. She performs some sexual favors offscreen, leaving a happy customer. A man's naked bottom (covered with poop) is shown. A keyring has an image of naked breasts. A dancing girl is shown with bouncing cleavage. Dogs attempt to have sex.
Language: Language isn't as strong as you may guess, but it does include "s--t," "bitch," "balls," "ass," "Goddamn," and sexual language like "trim," and "muff."
Consumerism: Not an issue
Drinking, drugs and smoking: This is the ultimate in drug humor. The characters are almost constantly smoking pot and high. Most of the jokes center around the exaggerated quantity of drugs consumed. There are no consequences for their actions, other than Cheech being (comically) arrested in one sequence. Many other drugs are mentioned, and/or consumed, including reds, cocaine, acid, and wine. In one scene, Chong must consume a carload of drugs when flashing red lights show up in the rear view mirror.