Kid Cannabis (2014) – By Duane L. Martin

What do you get when you take a pothead teenage dropout from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and partner him up with a pothead best friend from Boston?  About three IQ points apparently between the both of them.  Actually, you get a couple of losers named Nate and Topher who come up with a scheme to traffic pot across the border from Canada by driving across the border, making the buy and then having one of them act as a runner that the other picks up back on the American side.

When things start getting bigger and more intense however, friendships are strained and a rival drug dealer doesn’t like the competition, so he comes up with a plan to eliminate them once and for all.  Now they have to try to stay alive while keeping the business going, but can they do it, or will one bad apple spoil the bunch?

This film is based on a true story I’m sorry to say.  I’m sorry, because it happened here in my state, and also because the whole thing was ridiculously pathetic.  Everything from Nate’s mom seeming to have no problem whatsoever with his marijuana obsession, even when his little brother is exposed to it, to the glorification of pot smoking like it’s some awesome thing that’s absolutely harmless all add up to a movie that’s really quite irritating.  That’s a topic for another discussion though.  Now don’t get me wrong.  Just because I don’t smoke pot doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy films that have pot in them.  I’ve always been a great fan of Cheech & Chong for example, and then there’s the Harold and Kumar movies.  There’s a fine line between harmless fun like that and a film that glorifies it like this one does.  Just from the parties they had, you’d think everyone in northern Idaho is a pothead and that pot growing and smoking in Canada is like a national pastime.

What baffles me the most is that this movie somehow managed to score some big name actors, like Ron Perlman, Amanda Tapping and John C. McGinley.  Why does it baffle me?  Well, their characters were actually the best part of the film.  Everything else was more or less a throwaway.  This is one of those films where you couldn’t honestly care less if everyone in it is dead within the first ten minutes, and the longer it goes on, the less you care, which made it rather tedious to watch.

However, plot and characters aside, the film itself was well made and flowed well, except for one thing.  There were scenes out in the woods where they strapped a Go Pro type of a  camera onto people running so they could get that shaky style of an action shot.  Unfortunately, these types of shots are not only incredibly obnoxious, but they’re likely to give anyone with motion sickness a bad stomach.  Aside from that however, the film was produced well and looked quite good.

The performances were all quite good as well, especially from the big name stars.  Other than the Go Pro thing, I really have no problem at all with the production of the film from a technical or performance standpoint.  As I said, my only real problem with the film is that sitting through a film full of characters you care nothing about is rather tedious.  The only character you can have any sympathy at all for is Nate’s mother, and even that’s limited by the fact that she’s just ignoring everything he’s doing, even though she knows it’s all going on.  I guess I felt something for her though because I’ve got a soft spot for Amanda Tapping.

Kid Cannabis is a new release from Well Go USA, and I wish I could recommend it, but I just can’t.  I guess all the marijuana fans out there might enjoy it, but since I’m not one, I really didn’t get anything out of it.  That, plus that fact that it’s really hard to care about anyone in this film make it a miss for me.

If you’d like to find out more about this film, you can check out its page on the Well Go USA website here.