When it's "Aphrodisiac! The Sexual Secret of Marijuana." This 1971 obscurity purports to be a look into the weird, wild world of weed and its link to whacked-out wubmaking (forgive me, but I was striving for alliteration). Instead, it's ... er, well, it's quite something else.
New to DVD from Synapse Films, the faux doc shows some hard-partying swingers who light one up and find that they not only do they get high, but horny! The films sober-sounding narrator fronts a medical link from smoke to sexual activity. Says one woman "interviewed" by the filmmakers, "He was all over me like a wet sponge."
And says another, "I'm sold! Marijuana is the greatest sexual stimulant since the 12-inch penis. And a helluva lot easier to find."
With that candid revelation, feeding right into the opening credits, the jig is up: This can't be serious! It's not, and you knew that, but at least "Aphrodisiac" lets you know that it knows that, too.
But here's what you may not have known I sure as hell didn't: The movie is pornographic, and I mean that in the most literal sense. Yes, Virginia, this is one NSFW DVD.
Once that became evident, I had to hit the eject button. It ain't for me. Those connoisseurs of vintage kink especially ones who like to indulge in (for now) illegal substances while watching certainly will think otherwise. Rod Lott