The Misadventures of Hedi and Cokeman

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Crass comedy full of violence, language, sex, drug use.
  • NR
  • 2021
  • 99 minutes

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Positive Messages

No positive messages in over-the-top "stoner comedy."

Positive Role Models

Characters deal drugs, smoke weed, snort cocaine, bully, and fight each other.

Violence

Exaggerated pratfall violence throughout. Character uses a rocket launcher to kill a drug dealer and decapitates him; his headless corpse becomes a running joke throughout the rest of the movie. Character tossed into a pizza oven and killed. Fighting with police, with the expected punches, kicks, and gunplay, but also a nightstick to the anus, a character hitting an officer in the face with his penis (not shown), and an officer getting shot in the face as his eyeball pops out of his head. Stabbings. Teens beat up a drug dealer. Character kicks a soccer ball at another character’s nose, drawing blood. Character slammed into a pole.

Sex

Exposed male buttocks in one scene. Constant talk of sex and sexual references. A drug dealer turns to two underlings that he bullies who are seated on a couch, thrusts his crotch in front of them and asks, "Who's going to blow me?" Talk of giving someone a "s--t mustache" during sex. Implied sex between two characters in bed. Character talks of masturbating his dog until it ejaculates. A man goes into graphic detail with his brother-in-law about the sexual acts and positions he performed with his wife while on their honeymoon. Character holds a penis lollipop.

Language

Constant profanity throughout. Pretty much every curse word in the book is used, including constant use of "f--k" and "motherf--er." Homophobic slurs also used.

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Constant drug references and drug use. Cocaine often used, and characters often act high and make rash and violent decisions. Marijuana use throughout. Two characters eat sushi rolls containing molly and act extremely affectionate with each other. Vodka binge-drinking while driving. Cigarette smoking. Whiskey and champagne drinking. Characters snort what appears to be cocaine but seems to be plaster instead, and get extremely high and almost to the point of death, with bloody noses.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Misadventures of Hedi and Cokeman is a 2021 crass "stoner comedy" in which two bumbling drug dealers resort to increasingly insane schemes to bolster their business. "Stoner comedy" is applied here as a frame of reference; it's actually more of a "cocaine comedy," as the lead characters often appear high and frenzied beyond all logic. There isn't enough time nor space to catalog every single instance of crass behavior and violent act (pratfall or not) -- let's just say that this over-the-top comedy finds humor in things like characters talking about masturbating a dog until it ejaculates, giving someone a "s--t mustache" in bed, and beating up a police officer with one's penis. There's constant profanity, including "f--k" and "motherf--ker," as well as homophobic slurs thrown out from time to time. There’s drug use -- cocaine and marijuana, primarily -- but also a scene concerning molly-infused sushi rolls. One of the characters binge-drinks vodka while driving. Among the many violent acts, a man is shot and decapitated by a rocket launcher, and his headless corpse becomes a running joke for the rest of the movie. In French, with English subtitles.

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What's the story?

In THE MISADVNTURES OF HEDI AND COKEMAN, Hedi and Cokeman are two small-time drug dealers in Paris. While Hedi tries selling hashish that is actually dog excrement to rich teens, Cokeman gets his gullible customers high on plaster dust. Their fortunes seem like they might improve for the better after Hedi's sister Zlatana marries a wealthy man named Arsene, who conducts shady business of his own behind his successful mogul facade. Zlatana forces Arsene to take on Hedi and Cokeman as his newest marijuana dealers, who will sell ten kilos of "Mojo Mango." Things initially go very, very bad, as Hedi and Cokeman nearly get busted at a border crossing and they must destroy Arsene's SUV, and then a man armed with a rocket launcher looking to get even with Cokeman decapitates one of Cokeman's drug dealers with said rocket launcher. But with the help of Hedi's new girlfriend, a hippie named Yvonne, they begin to assemble a crew of dealers who can appeal to the various demographics of Paris. Soon, the "Mojo Mango" becomes extremely popular, giving Hedi and Cokeman a taste of the success that had eluded them up to this point. As the success goes to their heads, Hedi and Cokeman end up as enemies with their dealers, Arsene, and his henchmen, and must also find a way to elude the police and a seemingly inevitable stint in prison.

Is it any good?

Fans of over-the-top and insane crass comedy will love this movie. That said, it's hard to think of anyone else who might enjoy The Misadventures of Hedi and Cokeman. Not so much a "stoner comedy" as it is a "cocaine comedy," the movie is a nonstop manic frenzy of exaggerated violence, comedic pratfalls, drug use, profanity, sexual jokes and references, and excess piled on top of excess. It's based on a web series, and to its credit, unlike so many movie adaptations from the short-attention span fare that’s popular on the internet, the movie never seems to run out of energy or ideas, even if that energy is drug-fueled and chaotic, and even if the ideas grow increasingly tiresome.

It's crass and it's dark, but there are also some silly moments. The third act gets into some meta-awareness, almost like something from (gulp!) Jean-Luc Godard or Monty Python. It could be completely self indulgent, but it's no less or more self indulgent than any other moment in the movie. These meta moments, including getting into a talk to one of the better-known actors as to why he's even in this movie, are a welcome break from the unrelenting shock humor, but it just hints that there could have been much more to this besides physical humor involving a decapitated body and punching a cop with one's penis. The shock value, of course, gets increasingly less shocking over time, and becomes increasingly more tiresome.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about crass movies. Why are movies with gross-out humor so popular?

  • How does the movie find comedy in exaggeration? What are some examples of this?

  • Does this movie glamorize drug use, or does it make it look ridiculous? Why?

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