Things Are Tough All Over (1982)

Things Are Tough All Over (1982, USA) C-90m. SCOPE **½ D: Thomas K. Avildsen. Starring Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Evelyn Guerrero, Ben Powers, John Steadman, George Wallace, Dave Coulier. Arguably the funniest of all the sequels to UP IN SMOKE, the pot-smoking duo Cheech & Chong’s first film. This time the focus is not on drugs (unless you take it for granted that they are permanently stoned anyway). The boys are featured in double roles, as two unemployed idiots and two Arab businessmen-brothers who have a conflict over a car that has to be transported to Las Vegas (money, not hash, is hidden inside). Mostly funny, with some boring stretches towards the end. This was actually Cheech and Chong’s last picture in the UP IN SMOKE series, but more projects followed, where their exploits could be followed in different settings.


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