No list of top stoner films could exist without the obligatory mentioning of Dazed and Confused, Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Reefer Madness so there it is. You won’t find them on the list itself but feel free to blast me in the comments or also mention your favorite stoner flicks that didn’t make it. Alright spark it up and lets do this.
Pretty much any Kevin Smith film could go on the list (even Jersey Girl because they only way to get any enjoyment from that is to be baked out of your gourd) this is just the pertinent. The film follows two weed dealers, and doers, travelling to Hollywood to stop a movie from getting made about their comic book alteregos, Bluntman and Chronic. There plenty of fatty-boom-batty blunts to be found and much hilarity ensues on their questionable journey, making it worthy of the great honor of being on this list.
A Method Man and Redman comedy. Of course it has copious amounts of weed in it. This movie is absurd, but HIGHly entertaining (see what I did there). Two pot heads make a batch of weed with fertilizer containing the ashes of their recently deceased cohort, that when smoked summons his ghost. His ghost gives them the answers to the THC (testing for higher credentials) so that they get perfect scores and eventually head off to Harvard. After their ghost stash gets stolen they dig up the bones of John Quincy Adams and smoke them. I won’t ruin the ending but it is just as absurd as the rest of the movie. It is everything you expect from a weed movie from Method Man and Redman.
Back before Ice Cube’s career become completely bastardised he made Friday. The first, and best, in a three part Friday saga, follows Craig (Ice Cube) and Smokey (Chris Tucker) through 16 hours on a stressful Friday. Craig, who is straight-edge at the start of the film, just got fired and his parents are threatening to kick him out of his house if he doesn’t get a job right away. To compound his problems Smokey has gotten him caught up in his problem. That problem being he owes a dealer $200 for weed he was supposed to sell but smoked instead. Working their way to a solution they run into a number of neighbors who lend to the laughs. John Witherspoon steals scenes left and right as Craig’s rolftastic father. Also Chris Tucker was actually funny in this movie, unlike some of his recent ventures.
Cheech and Chong’s first feature length film featuring the duo doing what they do best: make jokes involving dope smoking. The movie also has deportation, a van made entirely out of marijuana, and miraculous escapes from the law that happen without the duo knowing they are even being chased. Up In Smoke cemented Cheech and Chong forever in the hallowed halls of the dope smoking elite.
One could debate whether this is really a stoner movie, but given the stoner kids who pop up through out, the boatload of grass they recover, and the general style of the humour, it is worthy of a spot on the list. The highly quoted film follows a group of state troopers as they struggle with threats of getting shut down and a police force who is determined to make that happen. The group excels more at pranks and shenanigans, but in the end safe their own asses. This movie will have you quoting it, and pissing off everyone around you, for days to follow.
I thought hurricane season was over. From the Judd Apatow crew this stoner action flick stars Seth Rogen and James Franco and has a supporting cast of Rosie Perez, Gary Cole, Kevin Corrigan, Craig Rocinson, and Danny McBride. Rogen, who’s character is a process server, observes a murder by a drug lord and is forced to go on the run with his dealer, played by Franco. Franco turns in an absolutely phenomenal performance as the perma-fried dealer, who just wants for Rogen to be his best bud. The duo eventually gets help from McBride and goes to war with the drug lord and his cohorts. Far and away the best stoner action flick ever made. Possibly the only one, but still, quality stuff.
Before there was the Chappelle show there was Half Baked and by god it was glorious. Starring Dave Chappelle, Jim Breuer, Harland Williams, Guillermo Diaz and featuring cameos from Steven Wright, Tommy Chong, Janeane Garofalo, Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, Jon Stewart, Tracy Morgan, Stephen Baldwin, Max Dolcelli and Bob Saget, Half Baked is the ultimate stoner flick. The story follows three friends who go into drug dealing to raise the bail for their other friend so he can get out of jail with his anus intact. The three friends run up against local marijuana big wig Sampson, who threatens to kill them if they don’t shell out 20 large a week. A battle eventually takes place between the two groups and of course our heroes come out on top (with a little help from Jerry Garcia) and save their friend. Do yourself a favor and put this at the top of your movie watching to-do list for today. Happy 4/20.
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