CHRONIC (Guythehood) Rating: N
Is anybody out there interested in following a bunch of stoners as they compete to score and sell?
The people in this shoestring – and therefore short – Canadian indie aren’t even fun stoners. They just keep sabotaging each other’s deals and keeping their eyes on the prize. At one point Ernie (Kurt Pabst) wants to go to the hospital to score from a guy who’s just had a heart attack. Nice.
There is a cool soundtrack, though, and a germ of an idea – namely that drug use can lead to ethical corruption. But what’s the point when everyone’s either toking away or yelling (Lea Lawrynowicz as the wife of a dealer who tries to steal his business is particularly shrill) and there’s nobody to relate to.
Good thing Chronic’s only 45 minutes. Go stoned. It’ll seem longer, and then maybe you’ll feel like you got your money’s worth.
Screens Saturday (April 19) at the Cameron and Sunday (April 20) at Roach O Rama.