Review: Waldo On Weed (2019)

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Waldo On Weed

Release Date: May 3, 2019

Run Time: 1 hour & 27 minutes

Reviewed By: Adam

When their son Waldo is just six months old, Brian and Danielle Dwyer notice that he’s experiencing difficulties with his vision. Receiving the devastating diagnosis of eye cancer, the parents follow doctors’ orders and begin chemotherapy on their infant. But when the chemo causes Waldo to become violently ill, they begin a desperate search for alternative therapies, and what they come across is an all-natural, chemical-free option: weed. Alienating their friends, colleagues, and family-and without telling their pediatrician-Brian and Danielle make the controversial decision to treat Waldo with CBD oil. The triumphant results are captured in the film which includes joyous footage of the family as they uplift their lives from Philadelphia and build a new home on a cannabis farm. This documentary is a love letter from father to son.”

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I’m not crying… you’re crying.

Tommy Avallone does it again! He brought us The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man, which if you haven’t seen, you MUST go watch immediately. Now, he brings us another fantastic documentary to add to his repertoire. Waldo On Weed is an awe inspiring movie that shows us how one family is willing to uproot their lives and risk everything to save their son.

What might’ve been taboo five to six years ago is inching closer and closer to becoming the norm in today’s world, which makes this story very current. Medical marijuana is slowly becoming legal across the United States and stories like this will help people understand why it should be.

A lot of my friends have kids now and they are all around the age Waldo was when his cancer was discovered. I couldn’t help, but to think of my friend’s children being in this situation and what I would do to help, so this movie hits way too close to home. Actually, its literally too close. I grew up just outside of Philly so most of Waldo’s story took place just over the bridge.

I found myself fighting off chills throughout the entire movie. That to me, is the sign of a great documentary. To be able to create that feeling in people is a work of art. It helps when you have an incredible story, like Waldo’s, but even than, it’s still a true talent. Hat tip to Tommy for that.

Waldo On Weed will not only leave you with chills, but it’ll also leave you with a bigger heart. Don’t miss this one! Where’s Waldo? Right here 💚

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Reel ROB Rating: 7.75 out of 10 stars

Post Credits Scene: No


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