Netflix may not have expanded its original offerings to the point of including "Stoner Movies" as a genre, but surely it's only a matter of time, given the way people watch Netflix, sewn into their couches.
Below are the movies you reach for when you've run out of Planet Earth episodes to binge on. Grab some munchies and enjoy.
If you’re looking for a very stupid, but oddly lovable buddy comedy, look no further than The Benchwarmers. In the sports flick, Rob Schneider, David Spade, and Jon Heder play a group of nerdy man-boys who always wanted to play sports growing up, but never got a shot because they were so scared of being bullied. So when they get a chance to rally an underdog little league team and show up some tweenage, athletic assholes, it’s their time to shine. There may be one too many fart jokes and dorky bits, but ultimately, you’re never too old to laugh at some of this boyish humor.
Billy Madison (1995)
A movie where Adam Sandler plays a lazy, grown man who has to go back to school to graduate from elementary school, middle school, and high school in order to inherit his father’s empire? Yes, it’s ridiculous and everything you would expect it to be, but it’s also peak Sandler hilarity. If you accept Billy Madison as what it is, and even embrace the giant penguin hallucination, the '90s comedy is a ton of stupid fun.
Colombia: Wild Magic (2015)
You don't need to read the subtitles to appreciate the raw, overwhelming beauty of nature in this documentary about the South American nation that earned an international reputation as home to one of the world's most notorious drug cartels. From mountains to rainforest to ocean, the same sweeping aerial shots that made the first Planet Earth a revolution reveal a country filled with seemingly endless natural resources and threatened by human destruction. But you'll probably just want to stare, mouth half-agape, at those mesmerizing rainforest waterfalls.
Between Are We There Yet? and Are We Done Yet? it's easy to forget that Ice Cube has made some damn good movies. His debut as a screenwriter, Friday, has become a cult classic, and deservedly so -- it helped launch Chris Tucker's career (hey, that's something), spawned the persistent "Bye, Felicia" meme, and entered into the "slackers-on-a-mission" comedy pantheon. How many other first-time screenwriters can boast of similar pop accolades?
Shaun of the Dead spoofers Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg set their sights on bumbling police officers trying to solve a murder in a small English town. The duo watched countless buddy-cop flicks to fully satirize the genre, and it paid off, with laughably bad chase sequences and uproarious slapstick gags. They prove how much fun action movies can be when they lighten up a little (OK, a lot). Remember: it's not murder, it's ketchup.
Mac & Devin Go to High School (2012)
This movie stars Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa. They're in high school. Get it? HIGH school. Snoop has to graduate, Wiz has to help him, and you have to suffer from THC-induced paralysis on your couch to watch this movie. So throw it on the next time you find yourself in that state, and ride it out for 75 minutes.
This long-delayed heist farce from director Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) finally came out... and critics didn't go for it. But Masterminds is must-see for fans of Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, and Zach Galifianakis, filled with no shortage of surreality and so-dumb-it's-fun humor to offset the unfortunate tale of David Ghantt, idiot bank supervisor. In other words: Come for the robbery antics, stay for the bizarre turns, like these insane engagement pics.
Role Models (2008)
Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott play two energy drink rep bros in this comedy that puts the characters’ destructive behavior to the test when committing a crime forces them to enroll in a Big Brother program. Rather than throwing back more of their jacked up drinks and smoking on the side, the two are forced to mentor a fantasy live-action-role-playing tween and an inappropriate, loud-mouthed little boy. The crude comedy leans on the wild behavior of the lead "role models" to make for a hilarious unlikely mentorship flick, and even between raunchy bits, there’s a handful of brotherly heart.
Marijuana legalization has slowly crept into a handful of states over the past several years, so it makes sense that other industries will adjust to keep up with the times. Including journalism -- The Denver Post became the first American newspaper to hire a pot critic, which is probably a lot more taxing than it sounds, as anyone who's tried to write high knows. This doc takes you through not just what it means to cover the weed beat, but also zooms out to look at journalism and marijuana as businesses heading in two opposite directions. Don't worry, it's light enough fare to digest through a smoky haze.
Super High Me (2007)
Some movies feel like they live on Netflix forever. If you've used the streaming service since its humble beginnings, Doug Benson's documentary about smoking weed for 30 days has probably stared at you from your queue like a pot-loving ghost that cries out, "Watch me, please!" Long after House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black are gone, Super High Me will be sitting in your queue. Waiting. Watching. Burrowing into your soul. Why not give it a chance?
The Waterboy (1998)
"Now that's what I call high-quality H2O." With those words, a thousand GIFs were born, but before the internet turned Bobby Boucher into a meme, he was just a goofy movie character partially based on "The Excited Southerner" from Sandler's early comedy album. Boucher is one of Sandler's most iconic creations -- part innocent simpleton, part raging psychopath -- and this was his first massive hit, grossing over $185 million worldwide. But the film surrounding him isn't quite as memorable as the catchphrases. Fortunately, for late-night viewing, catchphrases are all you really need.