The list of best drug movies is headed by the film that describes the real life story of Nate Norman, a chubby high-school dropout that successfully created a multimillion-dollar business by transporting weed from Canada to his residence in Idaho before he was finally captured and sentenced to jail for a long time. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome “Kid Cannabis,” a film by John Stockwell that tells us a shocking but educational story with the amazing performances of such supporting actors as Ron Perlman and John C. McGingley. Unsurpassed Jonathan Daniel Brown plays the role of the venturesome Norman, who, despite being a failure all his life, turns out to fit the role of a kingpin surprisingly well.
Having his closest friend, Topher (Kenny Wormald), as a partner, and engaging the support of other pothead “businessmen,” Norman ends up getting a million dollars per week! Showering her astounded mother with his new wealth, Norman lies to her that the money came from a profitable investment. Let us not forget about the shady characters that continuously add a little taste of trouble to the film: a weed grower (McGinley) that proudly introduces the young boy to the high-class pot he has created himself after numerous attempts and failures; Barry Lerner (Perlman), a ruthless businessman whose phone stores serve as places of pot distribution; and finally the arrogant youngster Brendan Butler (Aaron Yoo), Norman’s competitor in the criminal world.
Though the movie starts off on a quite positive and amusing note, Kid Cannabis is not a comedy. It is a rather mundane story about a couple of kids who join the criminal scene too soon and rise very high before the inevitable fall. On top of that, John Stockwell, the screenwriter and the director, decided to fill the film with similar scenes that repeat over and over. Also, the ever-present voiceover of the main character is more annoying than creative. Like in many true-life stories, Kid Cannabis finishes with a sequence of title cards that describe the further fate of the characters. Too bad that by that time, the viewers have most likely stopped caring whatsoever.