Obligatory 420 Post *coughs*

Because it would just be too damn easy to order things sequentially, the USA uses the middle-endian date format. Normally, I would just write this off as just another vestige of whatever the hell it is that compels your country to remain one of the 3 that continue to adhere to the antiquated imperial system. Not today. Today is the day it all makes sense. For without this format, we wouldn’t have a day to make terrible weed-related jokes. 

Since there are practically no funny weed-related jokes left (prove me wrong in the comments section), I figured I’d do something else. As we have a few long-running series dedicated to film, I thought we could indulge our love of movies by talking about stoner films. Not strictly just the films individually but also what you think constitutes a ‘stoner movie’.

Growing up, one of my friends had a stoner Dad. We didn’t find out from him until we were about 17 and he knew his son was smoking anyway, I guess in that respect he was a responsible adult. Although, once the gates (garage door) were opened, we used to go there and smoke fairly often as it kept us off the streets. Dude was also a big film buff and had a tonne of 70’s and 80’s stuff on VHS, mostly mafia drama-type stuff, action and a bunch of classic boxing events. Turns out, his collection included Cheech & Chong’s first couple of films. Around this time in the mid-90’s a bunch of cult-classic weed-laced films were being released. For me, they were namely Half-Baked, The Big Lebowski and Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas (all released in 1998). Now while I don’t claim to be a walking database of movie knowledge, I have seen my fair share of stoner movies. Sure, there are some classics, but for the most part they’re just horrible attempts at appealing to mind-altered teens for their limited cash. Much to their detriment, most seem to simply be content to lampoon the perceived stereotypes of their target audience in the place of having any trace of plot or interesting characters. And uhhh… shit, kinda lost my train of thought here.

So, cutting to the chase, I’ve heard some conjecture about what actually constitutes a film that falls under the tag “Stoner movie.” Does the plot necessarily have to involve cannabis? Maybe you believe the movie fundamentally has to have a character who is a stoner? Some people even seem to classify any movie which may appeal to stoners as part of the genre. Where do you stand?

What say you?

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Published on: April 20, 2016

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  • Dubs

    Rolling Kansas. That is my answer.

    • Rolling Coal. That is my answer.

      • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

        *takes a hit from the exhaust pipe*

  • Lacertilian

    Need something to help you mull over the voting?
    Bluntosaurus.

    • DoYouThinkHeSaurus

      Reported.

  • RustyShackleford

    DAZED AND CONFUSED >>>>>>>>>>

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ls_8cFgBUj4

    Yup.

  • Pentagram Sam

    I guess a sub sub genrefication would be if it’s a stoner quest movie (Harold and Kumar) stoner lyfe (Cheech n Chong, How High) or got a stoner duuuuude that everyone remembers (Fast Times)

  • CyberneticOrganism
    • hieronymus bossk

      Of course she has teal hair.

      • I bet she calls herself an artist too.

        • Waynecro

          And all of her guy friends hang out with her because they think she’s super interesting, not because they want to bang her.

          • We love the way you vape boo.

          • Waynecro

            Share your weed with us, and we’ll totally pay attention while you read poetry inspired by entries in your dream journal.

          • hey i’ve got a leg up on all you fools, with my Guitar Hero compleat band kit

        • hieronymus bossk

          And is into the whole “depression chic” aesthetic.

        • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

          And an Instagram ‘model’.

  • RustyShackleford

    I definitely consider a stoner movie ANY movie that appeals to stoners, either cause it is just a visual orgasm or attempts to be all metaphysical (and usually isn’t lol) or something along those lines. Case in point, when I smoked mad weed in high school we got super stoned and watch The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus and were like HOLY BONG THIS IS AMAZING…

    The moral of the story is that weed makes me stupid and that movie fucking sucks.

    • Dubs

      RIP in piece Jake Gyllenhaal

      • RustyShackleford

        so sad cuz he was so good in backbroke mountain

    • Lacertilian

      I watched that at the dankest most foul cinema in the area after drinking a 7 gram mushroom tea. I haven’t seen it since.

    • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

      You’d have to be high to enjoy that movie. That whole movie was a green screen clusterfuck with no cohesion, and not just for the fact that Heath Ledger died halfway through it.

  • hieronymus bossk

    Fun (not really) anecdote: In around 10th grade, I became friends with a lot of the “stoner” crowd. Because of this, I never “blazed it”. I saw how boring they were; their lives circling around weed, making jokes about weed, blunts, etc, listening to the shittiest music (ICP/Kottonmouth Kings/Twizted). I learned useless Joe Rogan-esque factoids about weed. But more importantly: I learned people who fill their emptiness and meaninglessness with weird were the music boring, annoying people I have ever met.

    TL;DR: 420 BLAZE IT.

    • Pentagram Sam

      This story is a sad 🙁

      First group of stoners I met were pretty chill and some of the first people irl other than two others that LIKED metal.

      Fuckin suuuuucks you had to get a douche crew to rep the 4/20

      • hieronymus bossk

        They seemed like good people, and the weren’t assholes, just by the end of the year I was thoroughly annoyed that everything was blunts, 420, or Faygo, I moved on.

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          Faygo isn’t actually that bad of a drink. The Juggalos ruined it though.

    • BALLS ROLL

      damn the Crunchies at my high school all listened to Wu-Tang motha fuckaks

      • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

        Upvote for WU-TANG!

      • hieronymus bossk

        They also listened to Wu-Tang, but the bad outnumbered the good.

    • These guys were doing it wrong. I started after high school thankfully and my friends jammed Brutal Truth, Suffocation and Cannibal Corpse while being Tupac spelled backwards. Good times all around for me, but I understand it’s not for everybody.

      • RJA

        I was thinking the same thing “these guys were doing it wrong”. Thankfully the stoner crowd I hung out with in high school was NOTHING like this.

        • For me it was an almost nightly affair throughout college – drinking, smoking, music and video games. I’m starting to become a stereotype now.

    • Stockhausen

      I feel you. I had a few friends get really, really into weed in high school and they stopped being themselves entirely and took advantage of anyone around them in the quest for getting high. I really don’t have anything against it in general, but when it’s a detriment to being a friend/person and you’re stuck as an annoying idiot on loop, then forget that junk.

      • hieronymus bossk

        I wouldn’t say they stopped being themselves. More it became a part of their lifestyle like us with music.

    • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

      It’s kinda odd that people like that can’t figure out shit from apple butter, but bring up weed and they suddenly become history, medical and engineering experts (but only if it involves weed).

    • Dave Vincent’s Perm

      Is that not just what we do with metal?

  • Voted weed.

  • How High with Red Man and Method Man is one of the best stoner movies.

    • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

      And Method And Red the TV show, which oddly enough didn’t last long at all.

  • Salmon of Knowledge

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3U-tVspAAFI
    Angry R2D2 gave me almost a heart attack.

  • It took several dozen attempts before I realized that being stoned is an entirely unpleasant experience for me. THAT BEING SAID, Holy Mountain and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me were pretty enjoyable whilst zooted.

    • I watched Holy Mountain alone at night, with no weed.

      I just loved that movie.

      • I do too. The first time I saw it I was pretty blazed though.

    • curious: were you drunk or well buzzed when you tried it? i think that being high can be analogous to multiplying one’s state of mind by 1.5. perhaps if a person has impaired equilibrium, that too is compounded by the drug, causing many an individual to wretch.

      • The first time I got high while boozed I got sensory overload and vomited on the lawn for about 5 hours.

        • The first time I did both I didn’t remember pretty much the entire night. My best friend/college roommate at the time said I tried to play Gears of War when we got back to the room. I spun my character around in one spot over and over then set down the controller and gave up.

          • Waynecro

            That’s pretty much my first experience with Gears of War as well, but I was sober. I eventually got the hang of it.

          • you’re supposed to invert the y-axis, scrub

          • Oh man, you’re one of those people. And I let you into my house, too.

          • I cannot play FPS without the inverted look.

          • it’s a generational thing. our generation is correct.

          • Sure. Click up to look down. Makes perfect sense, gramps.

          • damn that was a solid burn… i bet that’s what non-inverted Dark Souls characters feel all the time
            *drops mic*
            *trips over cord on the way out*

          • Dubs

            It’s how Gaben intended, and it’s how I still play.

          • ME GORAK KING OV CAVEMEN!!!

            WE NOT SAME PERSON!!!!!!!

          • Pro tip – drink you’re beverages first (4-6 beers) then have a few hits. It’s called being even.

          • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

            Pro top – drink your beverages first (4-6 applejuices) then jump in the pit. It’s called being straight edge.

          • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

            Sorry, i couldn’t resist.

          • Maik Beninton™

            Thanks for the tip.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I prefer soda. I hate apple juice.

          • *slow clap*

          • Moderation doesn’t exist in a college freshman’s vocabulary.

          • I have worked out this formula over time. Took hard liquor out of the equation.

      • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

        I have to be in a certain mood to even smoke, but either which way it oddly enough throws my ADD in overdrive. Which can be good or bad depending on my mood.

  • BALLS ROLL

    I got some gorilla glue from my dude the other day and it’s wacky

    • SheWölf

      Love that stuff… 🙂

  • Waynecro

    I seem to recall liking a few so-called stoner films. I’ve never smoked weed, but I did watch all those movies while pretty drunk. Now that I’m sober, I don’t really care for movies. In short, The Big Lebowski is awesome.

    • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

      The Big Lebowski is in the top 5 greatest films of all time.

      • Waynecro

        It’s one of the few movies I remember all the way to the end.

      • it is the funniest comedy that i have seen. however, i believe “best comedy” goes to Ghostbusters. (i need a C-Mole for validation here tho)

        • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

          Best comedy, hands down, is Blazing Saddles.

          • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

            But I respect your opinion.

          • None of these movies are Not Another Teen Movie

          • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

            😛

          • this is an acceptable answer.

          • I said, the sheriff is a…

          • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

            ni-DONG!!!

          • Also I have a big crush on Madeline Kahn.

            http://i.imgur.com/ikpn4Uh.gif

          • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

            As do I. As does everyone that has ever seen her.

          • Damnit!!!

          • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

            We should start a club.

          • I’m in. Our tagline…

            http://i.imgur.com/uRGrg5W.gif

          • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

            I can not stop laughing.

          • Haha, So Classic.

          • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

            Brooks is a genius.

          • Dubs

            I like to ask this question at parties.

          • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

            HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • I’ve said this quietly to myself at just about every party I went to in college.

          • I’ve been to parties with people that have spoken this aloud.

          • Ol Dirty Blastbeard

            lives in a 50% mexican state

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            For a split second, I thought that was Alison Goldfrapp.

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            Best part was when he took himself hostage.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            History Of The World Part 1 is the best ever in my opinion.

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            In other news, Chyna kicked the bucket.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I heard. It happened last night.

        • You mean. Ghostbusters 2

        • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

          You spelled ‘Deuce Bigelow European Gigolo’ wrong. ‘Ghostbusters’ is pretty damn good though.

        • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

          Any movie with the line “darker than a black steer’s tuckus on a moonless prairie night” is OK in my book.

  • Guess I’m going to have to spin my Dopethrone record tonight.

    Dopethrone, three wizards crowned with weed, YEAH!

    • Riff hewn altar wreathed in smoke and weed, YEAH!

      • Rise Rise Rise… Smoke!!! DOPETHRONE!!!

        • PostBlackenedWhaleGaze

          Two of my friends have already announced to me they were listening to Dopesmoker today.

          Edit* Don’t comment, you’re at 420!!!

    • Ol Dirty Blastbeard

      which?

  • Ol Dirty Blastbeard

    thanks for not giving me an option to vote for in the quiz. something like “are we watching a movie? lets watch episodes of Doug”

    so, basically, as in Dark Souls as in life. you are all scrubs. every day is 420blaze it

  • Salmon of Knowledge

    I maybe watched about two stoner films in my life.
    I was not very based during my weed-time, we were always a little over the top with ultra dank homegrown stuff and later some research chemical drugs.
    But still less fucked up than the lazy stoners, almost all of them dropped scool or later education.

  • IronLawnmower

    The toiler ov bong. Stoner weed warfare.

    ^666

    ^666

    Break the bass

  • Dank Movie Review: Pineapple Express
    it’s rill gud

    • Lacertilian

      It’s ok.

  • SheWölf

    My weed joke:
    Q: How many stoners does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
    A: Fuck it, we’ve got lighters.

    • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

      Reminds me of that old Kat Williams joke:
      “Oh man, the wife left me, I lost my job, and they’re gonna cut my electricity! *takes a hit*…………….. oh fuck it, I got candles!”

  • How to be robbed in Venezuela:

    1. Be a crazy middle-class teenager wanting to be hip like your crazy middle-class teenager friends.

    2. Ask Mommy for middle-class money.

    3. Go to a random dealer to buy María Juana.

    4. Watch your family get kidnapped.

    5. Profit?

  • Count_Breznak

    What’s it with stoners and their facination with hitlers birthday…

    • Ol Dirty Blastbeard

      also Columbine

      • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

        4/20 is also Mr. Ed’s birthday. Come to think of it, getting blazed and watching Mr. Ed might actually be fun…………

  • Simon PhoenixKing Rising

    Friday is the only stoner film I need.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      Cheech and Chong’s Up In Smoke begs to differ.

    • somehow i missed it. i did catch Next Friday as a teenager, and thought it sucked. therefore i never investigated the first, which everyone tells me is a giant mistake.

    • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

      Next Friday was even better, although it was a terrible mistake not bringing Smokey back.

  • Super Nintendo Chalmers

    I remember watching Apocalypse Now while completely annihilated off gravity bong hits. I didn’t leave my house for two days afterwards.

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    My personal favourite stoned viewing is vintage horror or exploitation or classic/art/world cinema. I mostly like to get my teeth into something I find cinematically or thematically interesting, but failing that I like things with plentiful violence and nudity. When getting stoned in company I go for kung fu movies or general Asian action. Not really too hot on blatantly pot related fare or straightforward comedy.

    As an example of a successful stoned viewing for me, recently I watched Noroi at about 2AM, sweetly toasted, and afterward I was so spooked out I couldn’t get to sleep until some way into dawn, several hours after I first got into bed. Or the time I saw Citizen X and then A Nightmare on Elm Street and became convinced that a cross between Andrei Chikatilo and Freddy Krueger was hiding in the corner of my room waiting to eat me, and had to hold him off by listening to Massive Attack until a really happy song came around and I fell asleep.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    The best stoner movies are the Cheech and Chong movies. Their comedy albums from the 70’s are also good listening for getting stoned because they’re funny when you’re not high but when you’re high they’re the greatest comedy albums. Also this cover of Ring Of Fire is good listening if you’re high.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS_CQkPavyc

    • more beer

      But you don’t get stoned. So how do you know they are the greatest comedy albums ever when you are high?

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I enjoy the comedy albums. It’s just an educated guess.

  • Óðinn
  • Óðinn
  • Óðinn
  • Óðinn
  • Óðinn

    On this holiest of days, let’s all give our thanks to Martha Washington, a hip hip lady.

    https://youtu.be/RH__GUg1EwY

    • Guppusmaximus

      I was surprised that there was no mention of Dazed and Confused. I’m pretty certain that is a “cult-classic weed-laced film”…

      • Óðinn

        Oh yeah, definitely.

  • Óðinn
  • BobLoblaw

    I wish a “4/20” post wasnt here, its certainly not obligatory. Oddly enough “stoner movies” are synonymous with the crowd that celebrates today as some sort of rebellion. Its another day with any of the usual music or programming that you enjoy. Anything more is lolbuttz.

    • BobLoblaw

      “Weedeater, Cannabis Corpse and Richard Linklater!”
      *vapes for a half hour then takes ONE disgusting GB.

      • Ol Dirty Blastbeard

        bob, some of us aint like this

        • BobLoblaw

          Assuredly, but that “us” youre referring to hopefully doesnt include people that celebrate on a ridiculous day. That whole culture needs to be done away with. Its what perpetuated lazy stoner stereotypes and similar bullshit. Its the same thing as bro culture (which is largely centered around alcohol), the least common denominator enshrouding themselves with an assumed identity that is self deprecating and is still somehow looked upon as being serious.

          • Ol Dirty Blastbeard

            makes the rest of us look bad

          • well said Bob. one might say it’s been taken into Juggalo territory with it’s broad stereotypes shown on TV, in movies, in advertisements, etc.

        • BobLoblaw

          Aside from everything else, Waking Life is wonderful…….on weed!!!

  • Stockhausen

    LOL “TONNE.”

  • I have never smoked weed before. But, once it is legalized in Ohio I will be pretty pumped to try it out.

    Yup.

    GL

    • Ol Dirty Blastbeard

      BLAZE IT GL

    • BobLoblaw

      Take it easy. No edibles first go, puff or two off a small cheap glass bowl and do something that is usually pretty stimulating to you. Or whatever feels comfortable. Thats my advice anyway.

      • we don’t want to loose him to improper blazing.

        • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls
        • more beer

          There is no such thing.

          • hahaha, i’m simply implying that some people stop because their first few times make them sick. my buddy threw up one night after his first time, he now swears it off. even though i told him that people do get over those “sea legs”, as i have done.

          • more beer

            I always find people blaming herb for them puking odd. As it is used as a cure for nausea.

          • whoa, good point. now i’m stumped. that’s why i ask people if they have mixed booze & mint, because i feel like that combination can be jarring for a new user

          • more beer

            Peppermint Schnapps is the best example there. I wasn’t trying to stump you just saying. That is one of the medicinal uses for cannabis.

          • oh i totally forgot that cannabis is good for nausea. i guess it’s safe to say that different people just react differently to substances. i spoke to a guy whom Psilocybin made nauseous. that would suck.

          • more beer

            I think Psilocybin is a little different though. No matter what you do it does not taste good. It helps to have a caste iron stomach when taking that. The taste of it is why I have always prefered LSD over mushrooms.

          • Count_Breznak

            As a non-smoker, the tobacco you normally mix in (+nicotine) is very capable causing you to eat in reverse.

          • more beer

            We don’t mix tobacco in with weed here. Unless you are smoking a blunt. Myself and most of the people I smoke with don’t typically smoke blunts. So that isn’t really an issue.

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    How do you know if someone smokes weed?

    Because they tell you.