In our article “5 Crazy Things to Do on 4/20,” we give you some new ideas for those of us who are tired of doing the same old thing every year on 4/20. But for those of us who take comfort in tradition, or for the end of your crazy day when you just feel like relaxing, we also wanted to present to you a list of great stoner movies to watch.
CHEECH & CHONGS UP IN SMOKE
Let’s just get the classic out of the way. When you think of stoner comedies, Cheech and Chong should be the first names to come to your mind. They did essentially start the genre after all, and if you’re going for a good stoner comedy you can’t go wrong with anything by the duo. Up in Smoke was their first film together after about 10 years of working together as a comedy team. Other options include Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie, Still Smokin, and Get Out of My Room.
From the old to the new, Seth Rogan and James Franco have taken on the mantle recently, becoming the new household names in stoner comedy. Pineapple Express is a personal favorite of mine which never fails to crack me up, no matter how many times I watch it. Franco’s paranoia of being traced by the cops through his cell phone hits a little close to home for me, but it’s so relatable that it always leaves me in tears. And then the movie wraps up with the most stoner ending imaginable. I’ve enjoyed most of their other works (although we don’t need to talk about The Interview), but I don’t see them ever topping this one in my mind.
I’m not even going to pretend that I understand this one. It’s an anime from 2006 based off a book by the same name where therapists are able to enter into people’s dreams as a way to help treat them. It all sounds good until the wall between dreams and reality breaks down and the two worlds blend into one. You’ll probably need to watch this one a few times before it starts to make sense to you, especially if you watch it high, but the visuals are impressive to say the least. Get ready for a trippy experience which will keep you wondering long after the credits roll.
THE RAID: REDEMPTION
Ok, I know that subtitles can be a little challenging when you’re high, but stick with it. This Indonesian martial arts film can convert those who don’t even like the genre and the dialogue dies down part way through the film anyway as one of the biggest fight scenes of all time breaks out. The film features co-star Yayan Ruhian, one of the most badass martial artists you’ve probably never heard of, who plays one of the main baddies and helped choreograph all of the fight scenes. Even if you’ve never heard the name, you’ll recognize him as Tasu Leech from the new Star Wars movie.
I know, I know, I’m giving you a lot of foreign movies. I promise this is the last one. If you like scary movies, then you need to check out this Spanish horror. This is the film that Quarantine was based off, but believe me, it’s so much better than the American remake. Don’t just take my word for it though, Rotten Tomatoes gives it 90%, a score on par with most of the classic horror movies which few new ones reach. It’s creepy, it’s scary, and I’ve been on a quest to find the sequel ever since I first saw it.
With the new one coming out, now’s a good time to go back and rewatch the original. It’s my all-time favorite Bill Murray movie, largely due to the subtlety and sarcasm embedded so deeply in the humor, and let’s be real, who doesn’t love Bill Murray? Just remember, this isn’t a slapstick, laugh-a-minute type of movie like the remake seems to be, but it’s the intricacies of the acting and writing that make this one stand out as a classic.
In the mood to learn something new? This documentary explores the cannabis industry in British Columbia and the illegal trade between Canada and the United States. The film won the Best Documentary award at the Winnipeg International Film Festival in 2007 and has received unending praise ever since. For something a little more recent, you can also check out The Culture High, another documentary by the same director which takes on a more political tone.
Is it still too soon? Alan Rickman gives a great performance alongside Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Tony Shalhoub, and others for this Star Trek spoof. You’ll even catch Justin Long and, if you look closely, Rainn Wilson in their first film appearances. I’ve yet to watch it sober, but Galaxy Quest is one of my absolute favorite movies to watch when I get a little too high and it’s absurdly quotable. By Grabthar’s hammer, by the suns of Worvan, you shall be avenged, Alan Rickman.
Truly, the worst movie of all time. Directed by and starring Tommy Wiseau, nobody really understands what the movie is or how it came to be. There’s so much confusion about it that there’s a movie coming out called The Disaster Artist about a book which was written about The Room. Just let that sink in a little bit. Admittedly, this movie is best watched in the theater (it’s a similar experience to The Rocky Horror Picture Show), but I imagine watching it high is just as entertaining.