The Gingerweed Man is a spin-off of Full Moon’s Evil Bong franchise. Specifically, the reefer-loving, pint-sized marijuana man comes from the sixth entry, Evil Bong 666, released in 2017. For those not caught up to speed, and because this spin-off does not really bother to do so, Gingerweed Man was created as a means of defeating the main antagonist of that other series. He also appeared in the shockingly dull and quite lame Evil Bong 777.
Now, what is this movie of his own all about? A scientist created a sentient nug named Buddy (Alexandra Quinn), and the evil Smokahontas (Elizabeth Speier) is hired by the corporation he worked for to track it down. Buddy can be used to harness the powers of Weed Heaven and Weed Hell, making it very valuable. But, the scientist spilled it to Gingerweed’s backpack as he was delivering his goods all across town.
“A scientist created a sentient nug named Buddy…”
Tracking down where Gingerweed lives, the assassin (demonic presence?) finds his roommate/business partner Barbara (Naiia Lajoie), so she kidnaps her as collateral to get the magical nug back. Can the Gingerweed Man remain sober long enough to remember to even formulate a plan of rescue, much less enact it?
Full Moon clearly knows how to tap into what the audience of marijuana-loving movie buffs want in these silly comedies, as The Gingerweed Man marks the ninth entry in the Evil Bong universe, including the crossover Gingerdead Man Vs. Evil Bong. Plus, they’ve created several titles independent of the franchise dealing in similar humor, notably, the Award This winning Weedjies! Halloweed Night, which I gave an 8.5 to on this very site. But, whatever magic they once were able to capture is entirely lost here. Make no mistake, this is one of the worst, if not the very worst, film Charles Band has ever produced.
Nothing goes right here, not even by accident. Writer/director Brooks Davis makes his debut with this movie, and his inexperience is evident throughout. Most scenes in this less than an hour-long production are static, medium coverage shots, with the actors walking into the frame to start the action. It’s dull visually. The terrible puppetry work of both Gingerweed and Buddy does not help matters, as Buddy’s stick moving him about is evident and the moments he is a CGI ball bouncing around is appalling to view.
"…marks the ninth entry in the Evil Bong universe..."