4 Best Stoner Movies To Watch In 2021
Stoner movies are funny, whether you watch them baked or not. Well, they’re funnier when you watch it baked, of course. But that’s the nature of stoner movies–funny, goofy, idiotic, ridiculous. They’re not supposed to win Oscars, although they did have an award-giving body of their own–the Stony Awards. Unfortunately, the Stony Awards have been discontinued, more’s the pity.
But you know what? Any movies you watch while high is technically a stoner movie. A documentary about pink dolphins? Of course! A movie about hobbits and wizards and elves? You bet! Although it’s a pity nobody has yet made a stoner movie about the adventures of Merry and Pippin, which would’ve been the bee’s knees.
A stoner movie is usually about a couple of guys getting stoned and going on spontaneous adventures. But not all stoner movies fit that description. Some stoner movies have women protagonists, and some don’t even deal with excessive weed use– ‘excessive’ being the operative word. Moreover, different ways of taking weed, like joints, bongs, and implements, like those at Daily High Club, are featured.
The streaming age and the stay-at-home mandates made stoner movies popular again. Below is a list of classic stoner movies that you can watch this year or any year for that matter. So, get that nachos and favorite bong ready.
- Pineapple Express
Seth Rogen and James Franco star in this one. It’s about a weed dealer, Saul Silver (James Franco), and his buddy slash customer, Dale Denton (Seth Rogen) who accidentally witnessed a crime at a drug dealer’s house. Dale accidentally drops a joint when he fled the scene, which contains a unique weed strain that can be traced back to Saul.
The two go on the run, pursued by the drug dealer, Ted Jones (Gary Cole), and a crooked cop (Rosie Perez). Oh, and yes, the weed strain is called Pineapple Express. It’s supposed to be unique and, according to Saul, smells like ‘God’s vagina.’
This is one stoner movie that perfectly fits the criteria of the genre. Judging by the number of times viewers are hit by ‘the giggles,’ its cult status is assured.
- Dazed and Confused
An indie film, the movie features some of the most famous actors today, like Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Parker Posey, and others. It’s one of those movies you can watch and not get bored, especially if you watch it with a ‘bud.’ Well, at least that’s what the trailer for the movie says.
Set in 1970s Texas, the movie is about a group of high schoolers who decide to celebrate their school’s last day by throwing a party, experimenting with drugs, hazing freshmen, and other teenage shenanigans.
What’s great about this film is that the usual trope of high school ‘cliques,’ like nerds, jocks, as well as popular and unpopular kids, isn’t emphasized here. They’re just a bunch of kids having fun while experimenting with various substances.
- Jeff, Who Lives at Home
Jason Segel, who you probably remember as Marshall in that TV series, plays the titular Jeff. The movie is classified as comedy-drama, and features, besides Jason Segel, popular actors like Ed Helms (from The Office), Judy Greer, and Susan Sarandon.
The film’s story revolves around Jeff, who at thirty still lives at home (ooh, spoiler alert), unemployed, adrift, and desperately waiting for ‘signs’ on how to get his life together. He finally gets a ‘sign’ when he receives a phone call that turns out to be the wrong number. Anything and everything can be a sign to a person who’s looking for one, so he tries to make something out of this phone call.
This resulted in a few ridiculous situations that took him from being mugged to being involved with his brother’s marital problems. Not much of a plot, but it hits the criteria for being a stoner movie. It’s funny, there’s weed use, and it’s also memorable. Besides, the cast made everything so much better, thin plot and all.
- Dude, Where’s My Car?
Of course, the list wouldn’t be complete without this movie. This 2000 film rivals Pineapple Express’s popularity in the genre, and stars Ashton Kucher and Seann William Scott (who played Stifler in American Pie). The movie is about two friends, Jesse Montgomery III (Ashton Kucher) and Chester Greenburg (Seann William Scott), who wakes up one day and remembering nothing of the events of the previous day.
Also, they seem to have lost something that belongs to Jesse (you’ll never guess what). Weed may have been involved, and also aliens, probably. And there’s also a Uranus joke! Anyway, the two friends’ adventure starts when they try to piece together what happened to them the previous day, as they try to find out what happened to Jesse’s missing something. If you enjoy watching two idiots doing idiot things, this movie is, like, perfect, dude.
Stoner movies mainly feature friendship, and the action takes place on a day that something outrageous happens; a snapshot of the life or lives of people who went on an adventure usually involving weed use. These are comedy films that stoners swear are funnier when seen baked.