Smoking Causes Coughing (2022)

Introducing five superheroes who form Tobacco Force- an anti-cigarette crime-fighting group who skillfully use negative energy from tobacco as a weapon against their enemies. They are the coolest ‘avengers’ in the entire world and are known for defending and protecting the Earth from various villains and evil. More importantly, they are passionate about saving lives by telling others they should never smoke, claiming it sucks and causes you to cough.

After battling a monstrous Tortoise creature, the Tobacco Force receive a conference call from Chef Didier, who has unpleasant news. Chef Didier claims that the meta-data from their most recent missions shows that team cohesion has considerably weakened. Some of the members of the team are becoming increasingly independent. To maintain performance and harmony, the team is sent to a retreat for the next couple of days which Chef hopes will boost and reignite the team’s spirits. They may have just won a battle against a giant Tortoise, but the war is far from over, as their next opponent will be more ferocious. Rumour has it that their ultimate enemy, Lézardine, now has plans to destroy the Earth. Can Tobacco Force rekindle their spirits and become a stronger team before our world becomes dust?

Smoking Causes Coughing is a witty comedy with random gags and spoof-like humour. Director Quentin Dupieux (known for films such as Rubber, Deerskin, and Incredible But True) has once again delivered a movie filled with random and ridiculous moments and new concepts that have never been done before in cinema. Dupieux once again reminds viewers that anything can happen and that there are no limits to the level of brainless entertainment or ridiculousness. The question of what if superheroes became so disjointed they needed to take time out and attend a retreat to obtain unity again is a great concept that instantly seems silly and highly laughable.

Not only is this film a comedy with superhero themes, but there are also several aspects, themes and moments which are unexpected and will sometimes feel entirely out of the left field. One example is when our leading heroes share their scariest stories around a campfire. For viewers, we are taken out of the current film and invited to experience moments that are either horrifying, shocking, creepy or, again, extremely comedic. The opening, in which we see our superheroes fighting a giant Tortoise, sets viewers up for what’s in store, and everything starts with excitement and fun. The story proceeds in a different direction than you think it should.

When it comes to creativity, there is so much to admire. The costumes of the Tobacco Force, which are worn throughout the entire film, look fantastic. Visual effects relating to monsters, technology, blood, gore etc., are also excellent, and it seems evident that the likes of Marvel’s Avengers and Power Rangers have inspired this film. Gags relating to technology, I’ll admit, also surprised me, such as the concept of a supermarket fridge or the introduction of Norbert the Robot, who serves as a companion and helper to the Tobacco Force.

Overall, director Quentin Dupieux reminds the world of cinema that he is the king of all things ridiculous, laughable, and unpredictable. Once again, we have a new concept that has never been done before with the Tobacco Force superheroes who must go on retreat to rekindle their team spirits. With inspiration that seems to come from Marvel’s Avengers and Power Rangers combined, Smoking Causes Coughing delivers a great time, fun creativity, brainless entertainment, shocking moments of horror, great sci-fi and a high level of unpredictability from start to finish. Fans of the Director’s previous work (like myself!) will know exactly what they are getting themselves into, and once again, I wasn’t disappointed. Instead, I was left feeling freshly “lit’.

8.0/10

Rating: 4 out of 5.

11th March 2023
Written by Peter Walkden

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Set in Manhattan around the eighties, we follow Dog, who currently lives on his own. Dog is at a point where being alone has become boring. He spends his evenings playing video games or watching late-night television. Keen for a change, Dog soon discovers an...

Shortcomings (2023)

In a Californian cinema, a new film is introduced during a film festival, and among the audience are Ben (Justin H. Min) and his current partner, Miko (Ally Maki). As the film credits roll, Ben is utterly unimpressed, while his partner and the audience around him are...

Perfect Days (2023)

Hirayama (Kôji Yakusho) wakes up in his home, rolls up his sleeping bag, neatly folds everything away, brushes his teeth, gets dressed in his uniform, waters a few houseplants, and picks up some essential items, including his phone, keys, and some change for a vending...

The Dive (2023)

Two sisters, May (Louisa Krause) and Drew (Sophie Lowe) are spending the day together by driving and heading to a mysterious location. While driving, the pair engaged in basic catch-up conversation and got up to date with their present lives. Soon, May and Drew arrive...

Scarygirl (2023)

The Keeper (Anna Torv) is seeking a rare mythical octopus and is currently offering various bandits and bounty hunters a high-paying reward. While the reward is impressive, the only problem is that it's nearly impossible for anyone to find one! After a brief...

When Evil Lurks (2023)

In a small remote village, we follow a pair of brothers, Pedro (Ezequiel Rodríguez) and Jimi (Demián Salomón), who hear strange noises from afar. Working together, the pair investigate, discovering that a demon has heavily infected a man, and it is ready to give...

Hot Potato: The Story of the Wiggles (2023)

I would be utterly speechless if you told me you've never heard of the greatest band in Australia. This band, many would claim, is like The Beatles but made for toddlers. You may have heard of The Wiggles, Anthony (The Blue Wiggle), Murray (The Red Wiggle), Greg (The...

Night of the Hunted (2023)

Alice (Camille Rowe) is travelling a long distance home after attending a work conference. Spending the night at a hotel before another long day of travel, Alice receives a phone call from her partner at 2 a.m. in the morning, confirming that she will make it to her...

A Savage Christmas (2023)

It's Christmas Day, and following tradition, the Savage family is all coming together in a sweet home in Australia. It's no secret that the family has had challenges and past disagreements. Nevertheless, the Savages have decided to come together and celebrate the day...

Monolith (2022)

A mysterious man opens the film with a narrative, telling viewers how he wants to share a secretive story, revealing that there was something different about his family when he was a young child. In this story, he shares critical details of a stalker who claims to be...

The Crime is Mine (2023)

The film opens with an upset and frustrated woman named Madeleine (Nadia Tereszkiewicz), who is leaving a luxury house and walking home. Returning home to her roommate, Pauline (Rebecca Marder), Madeleine reveals that her audition for the upcoming performance was a...

Bring Him to Me (2023)

A skilled getaway driver (Barry Pepper) receives an unexpected phone call from a ruthless crime boss named Veronica (Rachel Griffiths). The getaway driver is told to drive to a bus stop outside a local hardware store and pick up a passenger (Jamie Costa). This...

Mercy Road (2023)

With a story all set on one night, we first meet Tom (Luke Bracey) when he is dashing to his truck and urgently driving off. Tom is panicking and frantically trying to run away as quickly as possible, hoping nobody nearby sees him. While driving, Tom attempts to call...

V/H/S/85 (2023)

Welcome back to the most remarkable period ever (well, in my opinion): the '80s. V/H/S/85 serves as the sixth instalment in the popular V/H/S series, where viewers are introduced to various segments (or short films), all played directly from a mysterious videotape....

Interview: Nathan Phillips / Wolf Creek (2005)

Walkden Entertainment (aka Peter Walkden) had the honour and pleasure of chatting with Nathan Phillips, lead actor of Wolf Creek (2005), which is Now Available on Blu-ray thanks to Via Vision Entertainment. Are you a lover of horror films in general? If so, what are...

Wolf Creek (2005)

After a creepy warning that the film is based on actual events, viewers are informed that thirty thousand people are reported missing in Australia annually. Thankfully, ninety per cent of them are found within a month, but some are never seen again. We are then...

Totally Killer (2023)

Thirty-five years ago, in 1987, three women were brutally murdered in a suburb known as North Vernon. Each victim was stabbed sixteen times. The newspaper named the killer "Sweet 16," and witnesses had spotted the ruthless murderer wearing all black and a mask. In the...

Oink (2022)

As Babs (Hiba Ghafry) tells her best friend while they’re shopping, she wants nothing more for her birthday than a cute puppy dog. After this revelation, Babs and her best friend shop for various ingredients to cook pancakes with the family. They must stop at the...

The Retaliators (2021)

Set in New Jersey, the film begins with the introduction of John Bishop (Michael Lombardi), a respectable pastor within his community. John is a single father of two daughters, Sarah (Katie Kelly) and Rebecca (Abbey Hafer). As pastor and father, John keeps his body in...

The Origin of Evil (2022)

Stéphane (Laure Calamy) is a forty-five-year-old woman living without a husband and never having children. Every day, she works at a fish cannery in Fos-sur-Mer. Given her current age, lifestyle and the challenges she's facing in the present day, including someone...

The Mean One (2022)

It was a beautiful evening on Christmas Eve until a young child named Cindy heard a noise downstairs. Cindy discovered a stranger wearing a Christmas suit, and she wasn't frightened, not one bit, even though the person in the costume was, in fact, some green monster....

Spooky Halloween (2022)

The film opens on October 31st, during a year that occurred a long time ago. We see a man named Alec Windsor (Christopher Lloyd) visiting Sacred Hearts, a home for Wayward Children, delivering a final notice and claiming their land now belongs to him. The previous...

Tom Cruise: The Last Movie Star (2023)

I'd be astonished if you'd never heard of the legendary actor Tom Cruise. In the present day, the name Tom Cruise means everything. For some, he was a heartthrob discovered in the 80s with his boyish charms, or perhaps you consider him one of the most incredible...

Saw X (2023)

John Kramer (Tobin Bell), aka Jigsaw, has been informed that he only has a few months to live due to cancer. Desperate for a miracle and a cure, John hears about a medical treatment that may change his life, healing his body completely. After researching, John decides...

The Creator (2023)

Introducing a future where humans are the highest form of artificial intelligence is at war. Here, we follow Joshua (John David Washington), an ex-special forces soldier with a tragic past. Joshua continues to grieve over the disappearance of his wife, whom he...

The Cost (2022)

It was supposed to be an easy journey coming home after a long day at work for Stephanie (Nicole Pastor); instead, her body was found dead near a city river. From this opening credit scene, we are introduced to three different men. First, we see Dave (Jordan...

Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)

"Bobby Fischer was a man unlike any other. He is known for his quick smarts and fast-paced skills surrounding all things related to chess. It's unknown why, but one day, Bobby Fischer vanished, and no one knew where he went. Did he die, or perhaps he went into hiding?...

Dirty Dancing (1987)

Set during the bright summer of 1963, we follow a seventeen-year-old named Baby (Jennifer Grey). Baby and her family are travelling to a popular resort in the Catskills. We learn instantly that Baby's world is filled with promise and greatness. Family life is also...

Creed III (2023)

After a smashing career in the boxing world, Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) has hung up his gloves and is currently living a retired life. He resides with his wife, Bianca (Tessa Thompson), and his young daughter, Amara (Mila Davis-Kent). Each day, Adonis mentors...

Three Chords and the Truth (2022)

Inspired by Real Events. Angie (Jackie Marshall) once had the opportunity to be an all-time famous musician, but instead, she made hasty choices that interfered with her goals. Angie currently has bone cancer, which she has been fighting for much of her life. To get...

Interview: Jee-woon Kim / Cobweb (2023)

Walkden Entertainment (aka Peter Walkden) had the honour and pleasure of attending the global press conference for Cobweb! We were also delighted to ask the director and writer Jee-woon Kim some questions about his new film, which is available in Australian Cinemas...

Interview: Song Kang-ho / Cobweb (2023)

Walkden Entertainment (aka Peter Walkden) had the honour and pleasure of attending the global press conference for Cobweb! We were also delighted to ask the lead actor Song Kang-ho some questions about his new film, which is available in Australian Cinemas from...

Cobweb (2023)

Set in the 1970s, we follow a well-known film Director named Kim (Song Kang-ho), who is currently working on his new movie Cobweb. After having recurring dreams that are impossible to forget, Kim decides that a reshoot of Cobweb's ending is a must in order to make the...

PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie (2023)

The PAW Patrol are back, but this time, you'll see them like you've never seen them before! The film opens at a junkyard where two workers encounter a mysterious person stealing a highly powerful magnet customarily used to lift and move various scraps. We soon learn...

It Lives Inside (2023)

Teenager Sam (Megan Suri) has a challenging life. At school, she constantly struggles to fit in and make new friends. There are some frustrations in her home life, too. After getting ready for school one day, Sam's mother reminds her that they are to prepare a meal...