For those spending 4/20 indoors, a stoner flick may be the perfect thing to pair with your weed. So if you’re still looking for the best 4/20 movies, get your snacks ready and celebrate 4/20 with our top 7 classic stoner movies across the decades.
Guided by the legendary exploits of Cheech and Chong, pothead cinema is all about comedic misadventures and absurd conversations with a joint in hand. After all, what’s a high without choking on laughter then forgetting what the joke was about in the first place?
1. Up in Smoke (1978)
Join Cheech and Chong on an intoxicated drive as they embark on a series of adventures ranging from a police chase to a rock band contest. Just the size of their mega-joint will prove to you how this film became a quintessential icon of weed counterculture.
2. Dazed and Confused (1993)
A mellow ode to the 70’s, Dazed and Confused is a refreshingly authentic coming-of-age movie that’ll wash you with nostalgia for those summer nights back in high school. There may not be much of a plot, but sometimes, all we need is a vibe.
3. Friday (1995)
Friday showcases a cast of hilarious characters in a South Central neighbourhood as we follow Ice Cube and Chris Tucker’s search for $200 to pay back an ice cream truck dealer, because, who doesn’t smoke Big Worm’s weed?
Chris Tucker said it best, “I know you don’t smoke weed, I know this, but I’m gonna get you high today, ’cause it’s Friday, you ain’t got no job, and you ain’t got shit to do.”
4. Big Lebowski (1998)
A movie about everything, yet nothing at all. Follow “the Dude” on his mission to recover his favourite rug as he navigates through nefarious plots including (but not limited to) mistaken identities, a trio of German Nihilists, and clashes in the local bowling alley.
5. Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
Harold and Kumar deliver a classic slapstick comedy on their blazing high odyssey to find the mythical White Castle burger, alongside a surprisingly nuanced commentary on racial stereotypes in America. For those who have a chronic case of munchies, this movie’s the way to go.
6. Smiley Face (2007)
While there aren’t many stoner flicks for the girls, Smiley Face is a light-hearted movie that places the viewer in the mind of Jane F, a disorientated pothead stumbling her way through a mess of a day. As incoherent as it is funny, Anna Faris gives a fascinating performance of what it’s really like to be stoned out of your mind.
7. This is the End (2013)
Hilariously self-aware and spontaneously violent, Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg created an exhilarating satire in the form of an apocalypse that threw Rihanna into the abyss and robbed Jonah Hill out of his Milky Way.
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