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.
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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.
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.
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.
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. Rogen and 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.
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.
National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)
Food fight! John Belushi's iconic college co-ed "Bluto" Blutarsky is commemorated on posters and T-shirts at universities far and wide, and with good reason: His merry band of misfits flips the made-up Faber College's classic fraternity ideal on its ass. The measures their Delta House takes to save their charter are, to paraphrase Otter (Tim Matheson), futile, stupid, and pee-in-your-pants funny. Watching them topple their clean-cut Omega rivals through toga parties and horse abductions will crack up even the meanest dean.
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.
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.
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.
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.