4/20 is almost here, and we've compiled a list of movies to help you sit back, chill out and expand
your mind following the massive late afternoon smoke-out.
Our list doesn't just include movies that involve marijuana. We also permitted films that are best enjoyed while "under the influence," not that we endorse that kind of thing.
We tried to omit sequels and sub-par movies that don't deserve a viewing in any state of mind, but we made some allowance for lousy flicks that have become stoner classics (i.e. "Half Baked").
(Disclaimer: Tastes vary, and we may have very well missed your favourites. Let us know what we're missing in the comments!)
Gallery | Best Stoner Movies
- 'Enter The Void'
Gaspar Noe's 2009 trip is a fluorescent, mind-bending journey through Tokyo that actually makes you feel like you're on drugs. The camera floats over the action from overhead, adopting the gaze of a man's spirit just as he gets set to enter the afterlife. Warning: Gravol is advised.
- 'Dazed and Confused'
On the last day of school in 1976, teenagers in Texas spend their day hazing incoming freshmen, smoking dope and chasing after women. All right, all right, all right! Watch the leather, man!
- 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas'
Sometimes viewed as the quintessential Vegas/stoner flick, 'Las Vegas' has everything you need: colourful, trippy visuals, fantastic, strange dialogue and hilarious cameos from actors like Chris Meloni, Tobey Maguire and Cameron Diaz.
- 'Pineapple Express'
James Franco has reportedly never smoked weed before, and he didn't have to to play an eccentric dope dealer whose favourite client is a slacker process server played by Seth Rogen. The two run afoul of some high level drug dealers after Rogen witnesses a murder and leaves a roach with some rare bud behind. What follows is non-stop hilarity.
- 'How High'
Method Man and Redman star in this comedy about two underachievers who smoke the ashes of a dead friend and end up acing the college entrance exam. They end up accepted to Harvard, and end up having to rely on each other when their magical substance runs out.
- '2001: A Space Odyssey'
Stanley Kubrick's 1969 classic set a new bar for science-fiction and for all trippy movies to come. It's enough to be taken through the dawn of man, but the film's epic conclusion takes you on a colourful, mind-mangling trip through deep space that will leave you with a confounding epiphany.
- 'Half Baked'
We'll say it: this movie sucks. It's cheap and lame and only intermittently funny. Yet somehow it has taken on the status of a stoner classic. People in Toronto will recognize numerous landmarks throughout, and Dave Chappelle is the master of facial expressions.
- 'Reefer Madness'
What was once a full-length public service announcement has become parody in an age when U.S. states are seeing the benefits of legal marijuana. The film tries to teach young children about the dangers of cannabis use, but all it does is satirize its own message, and becomes funnier with every decade that goes by.
- 'The Cell'
Tarsem Singh's full-length directorial debut is an underappreciated gem that takes viewers into the mind of a psychopathic killer, a place that is disturbing and beautiful all at the same time. The carefully-shot film has astonishing production design and visual effects that can only be appreciated further with a toke or two.
- 'Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle'
Kal Penn and John Cho shot to stardom as stoner roommates who just want to buy some sliders and end up being taken on an adventure with cheetahs, racist cops and Neil Patrick Harris, who is funnier here than anything he ever was on "How I Met Your Mother."
Ice Cube and Chris Tucker star in this buddy comedy about two friends who waste away a day smoking and drinking in the South Central neighbourhood of Los Angeles and get wrapped up in a scheme involving drug dealers.
- 'The Big Lebowski'
One of the Coen brothers' most confounding films is also one of its funniest. Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) becomes embroiled in a ransom scheme after being mistaken for a millionaire with the same name. Stoners will particularly appreciate the "Gutterballs" segment, which is set to Kenny Rogers's "Just Dropped In."
- 'Natural Born Killers'
A bit dark, for sure, but a commentary on mass media and violence in '90s society is perfect for the stoned mind.
- 'Cheech & Chong: Up In Smoke'
The stoner comedy that set the bar for all stoner comedies to come. Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong play a pair of stoners who try to smuggle a van made of marijuana from Mexico to Los Angeles.
- 'Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back'
Pot dealers Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith) head out on an adventure of their own after the comic "Bluntman and Chronic," which is based on them, is made into a movie and they don't get a cut of the profits. Along the way they run into a gaggle of actors from Smith's View Askewniverse including Ben Affleck, Jeff Anderson, Brian O'Halloran, and Jason Lee. The ending is one great, big, hilarious inside joke.
- 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High'
Sean Penn is so much more likable when he's mellow, like in this film in which he plays slacker student Jeff Spicoli, who runs afoul of grumpy, conservative teacher Mr. Hand (Ray Walston), who is convinced that everyone around him is on drugs.
- 'True Romance'
Question: what is Brad Pitt's greatest role? No, we regret to inform you that it's not Tyler Durden. In fact, one of his top performances came in Tony Scott's violent crime movie, wherein he played the stoned roommate of Dick Ritchie (Michael Rapaport), who assists lovers on the lam Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette to sell some drugs to a film producer.
Not necessarily a great movie to watch while you're stoned, but an informative one nonetheless. Ron Mann's documentary traces how weed came to be viewed as an illicit drug through a cycle of propaganda that is only now coming undone.
- 'Waking Life'
It's a cartoon for adults, with a ton of introspective dialogue. It may make your head hurt with all the thinking you're going to be doing.