How to Smoke a Joint – Movie Scene From 1971
How to smoke a joint is a movie scene from 1971 from the very controversial film “Taking Off” by Miloš Forman who managed to create quite a buzz back in the day with these iconic cinematic moments.
“Unable to deal with her parents, Jeannie Tyne runs away from home. Larry and Lyne Tyne search for her, and in the process meet other people whose children ran away. With their children gone, the parents are now free to rediscover/enjoy life.” (IMDB movie description)
This particular movie scene start with a group of middle-aged, presumed to be society’s elite intellectuals (bankers, professors, lawyers, artists, business men etc) who are gathered in a room not knowing exactly what to expect.
A lawyer stands up and announces that what he is about to do “is illegal” and that this is also his first time doing this. He pulls out a plastic bag filled with joints (marijuana cigarettes) and starts passing them around to all the people present in the room. After the joints have been shared with everyone, he introduces “his assistant” who will help out in this matter.
This is where the movie scene really gets interesting. The assistant is obviously ‘a professional pot smoker‘ who start explaining how to smoke a joint. Starting from how the joint should be held, all the way up to how people should puff and pass the cigarette around, the intellectual marijuana enthusiast will guide these aristocrats through their entire trip.
While exaggerated in some situations, the movie scene wants to show how marijuana consumption was perceived in the 70’s, after and during the flower power hippy decade. It’s meant to make parents better understand what their children our doing, in order to reassure them that marijuana smoking is not a dangerous and violent crime.
The rest is up to you to judge. Enjoy the movie!