The Nine Best Stoner Movies on Netflix Right Now
Spark up a yabba-dabba-doob to this unassailable shortlist of the absolute-best stoner movies on Netflix.
Screengrabs from left, Jackie Brown and Scary Movie
Depending on the availability, legality, and quality of substances where you live, watching stoner movies while stoned may or may not already be a regular pastime. But one thing is for sure: there’s simply too much to choose from. Let this list of the best stoner movies on Netflix be your shaman and your trip-sitter. Because, at least for now, getting high and watching movies is one of the few remaining pleasures. In an era ever-defined by accrescent horror and perpetual anxiety, “Turn on, tune in, and drop out,” is no longer a platitude, it’s a battle-cry.
Although not traditionally thought of as a stoner movie, certain aspects of Quentin Tarantino’s third feature film reek of bong water and food court Japanese. Back in 1994, stoners were still caricatures, as evidenced by the fretful lush Melanie Ralston (Bridget Fonda). What’s trippiest is that her signature short-shorts, bikini top style is back in vogue.
Marlon Wayans’s Shorty Meeks, who appears in Scary Movie and Scary Movie 2, is easily one of cinema’s all-time greatest stoners. He basks in scumbaggery, laughs like a weed demon, and is so high he bleeds smoke. Fun fact: Marlon Wayans didn’t smoke any weed when preparing for the role of Shorty, but instead studied his high af friends.
Wet Hot American Summer
When 2001’s iconic teen-movie satire got a reboot in the form of the eight-episode series, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, Netflix even made their own weed for it. It’s a testament to the sticking power of David Wain and Michael Showalter’s original film. We can’t legally tell you to get as out of his mind as Christopher Meloni’s character in this scene, but we’ve all been there.
50 First Dates
While this Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore romantic comedy is rooted in a plot surrounding brain damage, it’s less of a Concussion vibe than it is the feeling of walking into a room and immediately forgetting why you did. The jury’s still out on whether or not Adam Sandler himself smokes weed, but he can definitely hang with stoners, and “The Weed Song” is still a classic.
Super High Me
Whether comedian Doug Benson’s “How much weed can you actually smoke?”–themed documentary is a scientific experiment in the name of science and public service, or just an excuse to smoke ungodly amounts of pot, it’s basically the nonfiction marijuana equivalent of Beerfest.
Superbad director Greg Mottola really settled into his groove with the under-appreciated Adventureland. Not only does it boast uncharacteristically human performances from stars Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, and Ryan Reynolds, characters are constantly getting high without making an absurd deal out of it. It also might have one of the best stoner sex scenes ever.
Casa de mi Padre
Few epiphanies are more stonerrific than realizing, about 45 minutes into Will Ferrell’s noble Casa de mi Padre, that the whole movie is actually in Spanish.
Seth Rogen is undoubtedly Hollywood’s biggest stoner, so it’s fitting that his magnum opus with collaborators Kyle Hunter, Ariel Shaffir, and Evan Goldberg is a computer-animated parable in which the characters are literally junk food. An orgy of munchies, you say? Yes. In more ways than one.
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
The greatest children’s book series, bar none, is about two elementary school pranksters who hypnotize their principal into becoming the semi-nude caped crusader, Captain Underpants. Known stoners Kevin Hart and Jordan Peele head up the cast, which also includes a Nick Kroll performance RogerEbert.com deemed Oscar-worthy.
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