Guilty Pleasure No. 16: Keep Off The Grass


It’s been a while since I shared any of those wonderfully dramatic Sid Davis educational films that were designed to encourage our parents to stay in school, stay healthy, and stay American.

With that in mind, here’s Keep Off The Grass.  Initially filmed in 1969, Keep Off The Grass tells the story of what happens when Tom’s parents find out that Tom thinks that marijuana is no big deal.  At both the insistence of his father and the local cops, Tom takes a serious look at his stoner friends and discovers that they’re all a bunch of losers.  As is typical of a Sid Davis educational film, there’s a disapproving narrator who is quick to make sure we all know that all of Tom’s friends kinda sorta suck.

Enjoy Keep Off The Grass!

Previous Guilty Pleasures:

  1. Half-Baked
  2. Save The Last Dance
  3. Every Rose Has Its Thorns
  4. The Jeremy Kyle Show
  5. Invasion USA
  6. The Golden Child
  7. Final Destination 2
  8. Paparazzi
  9. The Principal
  10. The Substitute
  11. Terror In The Family
  12. Pandorum
  13. Lambada
  14. Fear
  15. Cocktail
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17 responses to “Guilty Pleasure No. 16: Keep Off The Grass

  1. “It’s not the same” says the father. Honestly, the father’s whole attitude sucks. Here he is giving the kid the third degree, and he even ADMITS that alcohol and nicotine can lead to serious problems, but he still takes the moral high ground in the debate with his son.

    “Inability to co-ordinate movement…uncontrollable hilarity quite without reason…irresponsibility and poor judgement…loss of ambition and self-respect…”

    In other the words, the same maladies experienced by regular patrons at Bee-yon-say concerts.

    The artist’s is named “Waco”! That’s too funny!

    “They only THINK they create better things”

    Sounds like far too many people on the local arts scene.

    All that stuff about how alcohol is far less harmful than grass is a load of crap. Honestly, you think alcohol isn’t capable of eroding personal responsibility just as badly as grass? Yeah, the virtuous working man who toils all day, returns home, hits the booze and beats his wife and kids. THAT is the reality for far too many families.

    Hahahaha, the goon who asks the kid to “give” looks just like Lee Van Cleef!

    The film’s closing message seems to be “why add another problem to our existing ones?” by being so permissive in regards to grass, and I agree, BUT, it also seems to convey the message that grass is a no-no because we don’t know the full dangers of it, whereas it seems OK to indulge in alcohol and nicotine, substances whose ill-effects are well-documented. The fact is no amount of legislation will turn the tide against dope, and the same goes for booze. Speaking for myself, I want no part in any of it. At the risk of sounding holier than thou, I’ve always avoided booze, grass and cigarettes. I don’t need any of it.

    Just another fun evening in Sydney…

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