Kid Cannabis (2014) [Review]

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An eighteen year old high school drop out and his twenty-seven year old friend start trafficking marijuana across the border of Canada in order to make money and their lives are changed forever.

I’m usually skeptical of films that are ‘based on a true story’, and despite the poster resembling what Netflix likes to call a ‘late night comedy’ i.e. awful ones, I had heard good reviews about this and felt like it was worth a shot.

This film never intended to change the world, nor did it slip into that horrendous slapstick comedy style with profuse ramblings about tits, poo and weed. It remained realistic and true to the story from what I can establish from the extensive article featured in Rolling Stone (which is definitely worth a read after the movie). It rises above what you expect from it. There is plenty of nudity and it is funny in parts, but you don’t feel stupider for watching it. So often these types of movies just descend into screaming matches with cheap laughs, when in reality this movie is hardly a comedy at all.

This is actually well written, it does not feel like it has a B-Movie director, the main actors are all believable and there are even some notable cameos (Hellboy & Dr. Cox from Scrubs). This would be a prime candidate for not judging a movie by its poster – it is an interesting story and you can do far worse than this movie if you are looking for something easy to watch.

 

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