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. When they do, the movies below are what you should fire up when you're out of Planet Earth episodes. Grab some munchies and enjoy.
Timothy DeLaGhetto & David So Consume Copious Amounts of Spam at Honolulu's Annual Waikiki Spam Jam
The Hangover is peak bro comedy, but it’s so ridiculous and the bits play out so well that this raunchy party film is absolutely hysterical. When three groomsmen (Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms) get so wasted that they lose their best friend in Las Vegas during a bachelor party gone wrong, they’re forced to uncover their foggy memories to find out where he could be in order to get to the wedding on time. Of course, it’s a shit show -- with insanity ranging from tigers, random babies, an appearance by Mike Tyson, and lots of drugs -- but there’s never a dull moment. Just lean into the “what happens in Vegas” vibe and enjoy the trip.
Hot Fuzz (2007)
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.
Franco, Rogen, an entire action/comedy flick about a strain of weed called Pineapple Express -- need we say more? This movie from David Gordon Green (Eastbound & Down) is the ultimate stoner movie, seeing longtime buddies Seth Rogen and James Franco as an average dude named Dale (Rogen) and his extremely lazy weed dealer Saul (Franco) on the run after witnessing a crime; and their rare strain of tropical, hypnotic Pineapple Express is the sole piece of evidence leading violent criminals back to them. You will laugh constantly, even if these legitimate action sequences are no joke, making it one of this comedy duo's best. Just don’t watch it if you’re feeling too paranoid, because this is a jacked up, over-the-top action adventure in the best way possible.
Rolling Papers (2015)
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.
Spring Breakers (2012)
Harmony Korine's (The Beach Bum) South Florida co-ed partying binge is a bad trip. In the neon-tinged, hazy flick, four best friends rob a fast food joint because they’re that desperate to live out their vacay fantasy -- which they do for a moment -- until they get arrested for drug possession. That’s only the film’s first act, though; the real insanity starts when James Franco's absurd performance as wannabe rapper (AKA drug dealer) Alien enters the picture and bails the girls out of jail, enlisting them in his… business ventures. Basking in the false glow of materialism and instant gratification, Spring Breakers is like a dystopian version of MTV Spring Break. Spranggggggg breakkkkkkk, y'all. Spranggg break forever.
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.
Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
With the arrival of the recent, hilarious Netflix miniseries, First Day of Camp, it's easy to forget that Wet Hot American Summer wasn't always a beloved comedy classic. The movie initially flopped, making less than $1 million in theaters, and earned some brutally dismissive reviews. You know who saved this movie? Stoned nerds, mostly. How else can you explain the iconic status of a movie that features a scene where the dude from Law & Order: SVU talks to a can of vegetables voiced by H. Jon Benjamin? There's no other explanation.
Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)
It's possible you've never seen this Seth Rogen movie, his sole collaboration with director Kevin Smith. In Zack and Miri, a pair of down-on-their-luck roommates (Rogen and Elizabeth Banks) aim to squash their pile of utility bills by making a Star Wars porn parody. While the movie didn't find much of an audience in 2008, Smith told us that he and Rogen were suuuuuper high while editing the finished product, which should indicate if this silly comedy is for you.
Like most zombie movies, Zombieland is a survival story. But instead of taking the genre too seriously, it takes the irreverent comedy approach, imagining a freewheeling, uncertain future America that's struggling to keep things together following a zombie apocalypse. The action-comedy establishes a ragtag group with solid chemistry of Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson (Now You See Me's casting director must have really liked Zombieland), Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin as they set off on a cross-country trip to a potentially zombie-ridden amusement park. It's full of dark humor and features an off-the-wall cameo from Bill Murray -- the gore's only part of the punchline.