LOS ANGELES, CA — It started with Cheech and Chong’s “Nice Dreams.” From there we graduated to new heights with “Dazed and Confused,” then covertly political but still bud-laden “Harold & Kumar.” The indie hit “High Society: A Pot Boiler” is the latest pot-com to smoke out the circuit. It’s official folks: stoner comedies are in.
Just ask actor Seth Rogen. Or look at entertainment like “Weeds,” “Hangover” “Clerks,” and director Judd Apatow’s wildly hilarious “Knocked Up,” which made him a super-hero and took any cynics (or lingering D.A.R.E. members) down. Even TIME Magazine couldn’t refute modern audience’s warm reception of the sometimes legal plant and its social status.
The venerable publication said, “Marijuana is more prominent, accepted, and profitable in movies” than ever.
While Disney and some others work to remove tobacco cigarettes from its presence in pictures, filmmakers keep sneaking reefer into movies like they were at an old Grateful Dead concert. Even Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to legalize the dubage in California in order to tax it and help balance the budget.
“High Society” is no exception, with a coveted iTunes distribution deal, blazing reviews, and a smoking hot cast, it’s number one on Will Ferrell’s taste-making, tongue-in-cheek video website Funny or Die.
“High Society” will be showcased at the 4th Annual High Times World Marijuana Film Festival, Friday June 26th at 7pm at Marina Del Rey Hotel.
Screening alongside, “The Union,” “Cash Crop,” and “Strainhunters,” the film is vying for top prize - the coveted Golden Leaf Award. “High Society” stars Erik Davies. Stephanie Ann Davies will introduce the film.
The WMFF is hosted by Jack Herer. Doors open at 2pm. The Union @ 2:30 p.m., Cash Crop @ 4:15 p.m., High Society: A Pot Boiler @ 7:00 p.m., Strainhunters @ 8:45 p.m. Open to the public. Tickets available $25 all-day pass.