Sebastian (Beau Nelson) and Vinny (Wolfgang Weber) are two slackers who
have never really escaped the mindset of high school, so all they think
about is partying, drugs and booze - which pretty much ruins all their
chances on the job market ... oh, unless - they go into the drug trade
themselves. For this of course they need capital, and as fate has it,
Melissa (Natalie Irby), the best friend of Sebastian's girlfriend Kara
(Susan Graham), has just been orphaned by her rich parents, and since
she's looking for a business to invest in (and is very much into all sorts
of drugs), she's on board. And even though she's high most of the time,
she's got an "I take no shit from nobody"-attitude about her that's
simply great for this sort of business. Also, she seems to know a thing or two about
economy despite looking like a hopeless goth.
... and despite of all of
that, Sebastian, Vinny, Melissa and Kara are screwed when they buy their
first stash from the wrong supplier - bad thing especially since ALL their
money went into this deal, particularly Melissa's, whose inheritance
wasn't that big after all since her parents preferred to pretend to be
rich (which costs) to actually having money, so they left her with
mortgage upon mortgage mainly.
Sebastian though is not one to give up,
and his concept is to create the ultimate drug to totally dominate the
market (makes sense, too) - too bad then that the ultimate drug turns
people into zombies, starting with his girlfriend Kara ... and before you
know it, of the four friends, only Vinny is left alive, but he has issues
of his own, since his brother (Alex Ballar), who died from a heroin
overdose, keeps appearing to him trying to keep him off drugs.
everything in this film is drug-induced, so nothing might be as it seems
All American Zombie Drugs starts out like pretty
much your typical stoner comedy: Fun - especially for people who at one
point in their lives have done weed themselves - but without substance.
But when other stoner comedies pretty run out of steam and resort to fart
jokes mainly, this movie, behind quite a few stupid jokes of its own, does
show hindsight - hindsight regarding genre as well as regarding its
subject (big business vs/compared to drug business) as such. And the
longer the movie goes, the more interesting it actually gets (totally
atypical for a stoner-flick), to a point where the zombie interlude late
in the film comes across as totally unembarrassing (again, totally
atypical). This all is thanks to thoughtful writing, a subtle directorial
effort, but also thanks to a cast who play it low key for a change, to
tell a story rather than a cheap joke.
Pretty good, actually.