The Best Stoner Movies on Netflix
These are the chillest movies to stream when you're stoned as hell.
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.
Airplane! (1980)We're calling it: This is the funniest movie of all time. Devised by the jokesters behind The Naked Gun, this disaster movie spoof stuffs every second of runtime with a physical gag (The nun slapping a hysterical woman!), dimwitted wordplay ("Don't call me, Shirley"), an uncomfortable moment of odd behavior ("Joey, have you ever seen a grown man naked?"), or some other asinine bit. The rare comedy that demands repeat viewings, just to catch every micro-sized joke and memorize every line.
Cheech and Chong: Up in Smoke (1978)Cheech and Chong's first full-length movie is straightforward stoner slapstick. The duo smoke up, veer into the real world, and wake up under the thumb of the law. They smoke at home, they smoke at concerts, they smoke in their "Love Machine" Chevrolet Impala, they smoke in court. Small joints, big joints, oversize clown joints: anything goes. And when lawmen come a-knockin', Cheech and Chong smoke their way out of danger. In the 40+ years since, stoner comedies have gone soft compared to Up in Smoke's rambling sense of defiance. Really, there's never been a more carefree attack on the establishment than these two desperately traversing LA for a good hash.
Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics (2020)Enhance your trip by watching other people talk about their experiences tripping. That's basically all this "documentary" is. No, it's not an exposé about the scientific effects and/or benefits of drugs—it's just a collection of pretty funny interviews with celebs about their experiences on psychedelics, from LCD to peyote and shrooms. The cast itself is a gateway drug to lure you in, with Nick Offerman as the host of the special, and includes everyone from musicians like Sting and A$AP Rocky to comedic stars like Will Forte, Natasha Lyonne, and the late Carrie Fisher, who is as candid and hilarious as ever. It may not be factually correct, but the animation is a bright and dizzying, and you'll definitely have a laugh.
The Interview (2014)Largely overshadowed by the hype that it generated as a result of the massive 2014 Sony hack, The Interview holds up as a very funny, enjoyable piece of filmmaking, if you watch it in the clear light of today. Seth Rogen and James Franco are their usual juvenile, charming selves, and the political satire—if not exactly worthy of an international incident—does pack a punch, particularly in its ferociously emasculating portrayal of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (a great Randall Park), who loves Katy Perry and margaritas almost as much as he loves enslaving and starving his people. It may be full of dick and poop jokes, but it's still got bite.
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.
Pineapple Express (2008)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.
Starsky & Hutch (2004)This aughties remake of the popular '70s cop show is nothing like the prestige reboots of shows today, or even really a tonally similar prequel meant to tap into the nostalgia of longtime fans. Starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson as the plain-clothes cop duo on their first case together to take down a drug dealer, it's more of a slapstick spoof of the groovy era than a faithful recreation. For one, Snoop Dogg takes on the role of informant Huggy Bear, which says as much as you need to know. But when you let yourself lay back in their Ford Gran Torino and put it on cruise control, it's a pretty fun ride. Right on, man!
The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience (2019)This really is the unauthorized Bash Brothers experience. Famed home-run hitters Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire, who buddied up on the Oakland Athletics in the '80s, never released a rap album together—and it's totally nonsensical to imagine they might've. So The Lonely Island turned that fantasy into a short film that's everything fans of the group could want and more. Andy Samberg is Canseco, Akiva Schaffer is McGwire, and for 30 minutes they deliver a bitchin', extremely '80s visual album with songs that are actually kind of a grand slam. Just watch it: It's a home run.
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)Oscar-baiting, musician biopics became so cookie-cutter by the mid-'00s that it was easy for John C. Reilly, Judd Apatow, and writer-director Jake Kasdan (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) to knot them all together for the ultimate spoof. Dewey Cox is part Johnny Cash, part Bob Dylan, part Ray Charles, part John Lennon, part anyone-you-can-think-of, rising with hit singles, rubbing shoulders with greats of many eras, stumbling with eight-too-many drug addictions, then rising once again. When it comes to relentless wisecracking, Walk Hard is like a Greatest Hits compilation—every second is gold.
You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008)Adam Sandler often stays away from "high concepts"—most of his comedies play like a couple Everybody Loves Raymond episodes with $70 million budgets. In the curious case of his flick You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, it’s the polar opposite, an action comedy with a hyper-specific character—an Israeli counter-terrorist becomes an NYC hairstylist and brokers peace between the Israelis and Palestinians on his block!—and absurd laws of gravity-defying physics. There are fits of physical comedy and hummus jokes galore. The movie was a risk, especially considering its political undertones for a blockbuster comedy, but Sandler seems aware of that: He gives Zohan all he's got.
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