Reefer Madness (Tell Your Children) (Doped Youth)
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Reefer Madness (Tell Your Children) (Doped Youth)
This unabashed propaganda film (also known by the title Tell Your Children, a dead giveaway) has become a cult classic of comically bad cinema due to its dated, alarmist views on the dangers of "marijuana addiction" and the exaggerated symptoms thereof. After the onscreen prologue that declares "Something must be done to wipe out this ghastly menace," Reefer Madness launches into a case study of clean-cut WASP couple Bill (Kenneth Craig) and Mary (Dorothy Short), high schoolers who play tennis and drink tea on the back porch. Their friend Jimmy (Warren McCollum) introduces… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 46%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The original antimarijuana film (1936), offering the true inside story of the devil weed that drives men to savage lusts and women to unspeakable depravities, along with a little bit of dumb fun."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
""Reefer Madness" is so outrageously over the top that it's tough to imagine it was taken seriously even in the 1930s."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"The most famous of all the vintage "message" movies from the 30s and 40s only gets, uh, better with age."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"A laughable and ignorant indictment of marijuana culture. Even the camp appeal isn't worthwhile."
‑ Brian Mckay,
"The film is more interesting as a video time capsule reflecting what some saw as a threat to America's moral fiber."
‑ Christopher Varney, Film Threat
"One of the most absurdly earnest exercises in paranoia you'll ever have the good fortune to see."
‑ , Time Out
"The film is so idiotic that it almost demands being seen to confirm how bad it is."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"...probably the granddaddy of all so-bad-it's-good cult films. I'm not sure it started a welcome trend."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Not as funny as it sounds."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"a campy classic, full of awful acting and blatant misinformation"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"All the performers either overact laughably or underact to the point of just standing in place and speaking lines in a monotone."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"As the evidence mounts before us, it becomes clear that the general purpose of Reefer Madness was not pedantry, but vicarious lasciviousness."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"A true guilty pleasure; laughable today. More fun than educational."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"This is neither the best nor the worst of this sort of thing -- nor even the most salacious. It may, however, be the silliest."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Campy and just plain awful"
‑ Christopher Null,
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