Sometimes, the most satisfying movie experience is a dumb stoner movie. What is a stoner movie, you ask? A stoner movie is a genre of comedy that is generally comprised of nonsensical, low-brow humor. They’re called “stoner” movies because when you’re “stoned” you generally find things funnier than you otherwise would, making stoners the ideal audience for stoner movies.
However, even among stoner movies, there are some good ones and others that are not funny regardless of how inebriated you may find yourself. Below, you will find a list and brief review of some of our favorite stoner movies for when you are in the mood for a silly, goofy, easily digestible movie. If you think we have missed something from our list, let us know! This list will be updated as we continue to find quality additions.
A comedy classic from 1993, Dazed and Confused is a classic coming of age story full of hijinks partying, and trying to stay out of trouble. It follows the stories of a football star who has committed to not partying before the big game and freshman who are trying to avoid getting hazed. Sitting at 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s sure to tickle your funny bone.
A mid-90’s classic starring Ice Cube and Chris Tucker, Friday follows the characters as they have an uncharacteristically bad Friday. Highlighting the comedy of urban life, the two experience shoot-outs, drug users, angry drug-dealers, and more. Another stoner comedy sitting at 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, Friday is one of the leading comedies of its era and will certainly crack you up any day of the week.
A stoner comedy that focuses on the main characters actually getting stoned, two normal guys find themselves in an unexpected situation after smoking something that is far from ordinary. The two, played by Redman and Method Man, find that smoking this magical substance grants them extreme intelligence, so extreme that they end up in Harvard. They do fantastically well until they run out of their magical smoke. Then it is up to their street-savvy to see if they can survive Ivy League life. A great, easy going comedy!
Another stoner film with a special emphasis on getting stoned, this 2008 comedy features Dale Denton (played by Seth Rogen) and his love for a specialty strain of weed. However, his unique and rare gets him in trouble after he drops a joint after seeing a murder occur. After telling his dealer (played by James Franco) what he saw, they both realize that the murderer can trace the weed back to them, putting their lives in danger. The rest of the movie has them on the run, seeing if they can find the problem before they’re found out! An outrageous, fun comedy starring the modern day kings of stoner movies.
A late 90’s comedy starring Dave Chappelle, Guillermo Diaz, and Jim Breur, the trio get into trouble after one of their crew kids arrested for feeding a police horse junk food and killing it. The rest of the group has to act fast to raise money to bail out their third before a particularly nasty inmate does him in. How do they decide to raise the money? Selling weed, of course! This movie then follows their adventures, including butting up against a rival drug dealer, a love-story involving an anti-pot activist, and a ton of cameos to boot. A silly comedy starring Dave Chapelle is hard to beat but easy to enjoy!
PCU (or Port Chester University), is a 1994 comedy that follows the college trip of an anxious high-schooler, played by Tom Lawrence. His visit shows him a campus that is extremely politically correct and frat houses have been outlawed. Of course, there is an underground movement to bring them back, but there is open opposition to this by other preppy groups and the university’s president. Their solution? Try to throw a giant, raging party of course! This movie is full of hilarious nonsense that will be sure to help you pass the time.
One of the classic stoner movies, this 1978 cult favorite features the classic pair Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong. The movie begins with Chong moving out on his own to pursue a music career. He meets up with Cheech, where the two are arrested for marijuana possession but are later released. The movie then focuses on their attempts to win a music contest. One of the absolute classics of stoner movies, it definitely deserves a watch!
A properly named sequel to Cheech and Chong Up in Smoke, Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie follows the pair through Los Angeles as they continually stay stoned and stay in trouble. In this saga, the two find themselves on the streets looking for ways to make ends meet through various different bad ideas and hijinks. If you enjoyed Up in Smoke, then this movie will surely tickle your fancy.
The first in a series of “Harold and Kumar” movies, this follows two stoners (played by John Cho and Kal Penn) who become absolutely entranced by a White Castle commercial while being particularly stoned. What should have been a simple trek to a fast-food joint turns into a harrowing adventure of the pair trying to stay out of trouble (and still earnestly trying to find a White Castle). With an impressive 74% on Rotten Tomatoes, this is a stoner comedy you may enjoy sober, too!
As the name implies, Grandma’s Boy follows the life of a video game designer Alex (played by Allen Covert), who finds himself homeless and has to live with his grandma. His hobbies include spending a lot of time at home, trying to design video games and, of course, smoking a lot of weed. The movie follows his attempt at romance, as well as trying to get his big break as a game designer (and maybe move out of his grandma’s house). This irreverent, gross comedy is perfect if you are looking for something a little unsavory and outrageous.
Another classic stoner comedy pair, the movie follows the characters Jay and Silent Bob (played by Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith) as they realize that the comic book characters based on their likeness, Bluntman and Chronic, are being made into a motion picture. However, their excitement quickly turns to dismay when they discover that they had inadvertently signed away rights to royalty checks to a former friend. The movie follows their dissatisfaction, and their convoluted plan, to try and stop the movie being made!
A cult favorite, this is a stoner comedy you should definitely watch sober for the first time. The story follows Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski (played by Jeff Bridges) as he tries to get a mobster to replace a rug that was ruined by his thugs in a case of mistaken identity. Of course, this simple request does not go as planned, and the movie follows Jeff’s attempt to get his beloved carpet replaced. The movie features classic performances from John Goodman and Steve Buschemi, and the movie is narrated by Sam Elliott. An absolute comedy classic, The Big Lebowski will please high and sober viewers alike.
Starring Ashton Kutcher and Seann William, Dude Where’s My Car? follows the adventure of a pair that wake up from a particularly raucous night of partying only to discover that their car is missing. As the title implies, the rest of the movie is the duo retracing their steps and repeatedly asking “Dude, where’s my car?” A silly, easy to watch comedy best consumed properly stoned.
For a comedy that is solely focused on using drugs in as many places as possible, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas fits the bill perfectly. Yet another movie starring a comedy duo, Raoul Duke (played by Johnny Depp) and his lawyer Dr. Gonzo (played by Benicio del Toro) travel to Las Vegas in a red convertible to cover a motorcycle race. Of course, they have a suitcase full of drugs in tow. However, after trashing a hotel room, they consider returning to L.A. but decide to head back after a peculiar encounter with a police officer (played by Gary Busey). An odd, quirky stoner comedy with illicit consumption as its main premise, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas will have no problems tickling your funny bone.
Harold and Kumar return in another chapter of their adventures, but this time the stakes are a bit higher than trying to find a hamburger. They find themselves in Guantanamo Bay after attempting to bring back a bong as a souvenir from a trip to Amsterdam and being charged as terrorists. The pair escape to Texas, where they hope to convince Harold’s friend (who has just the government connections they need) to help their problem. However, they find a unique hurdle they will have to clear before making it home free. If you liked Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, then give the second chapter a watch!
In another well-received installment directed by Kevin Smith, Mall Rats follows T.S. (played by Jeremy London) and his friend Brodie (played by Jason Lee), as they seek solace from recent breakups by cruising around the local mall. Their reprieve from sorrow is shortlived, as T.S.’s ex is also at the mall participating in a dating game (the reason why they broke up to begin with). Brodie also stumbles across his ex, who happens to be dating a less than savory store manager (played by Ben Affleck). The story follows the pair as they try to ruin the dating show and perhaps restore lost love. If you have enjoyed other Kevin Smith movies, Mall Rats deserves your attention as well.
This 2002 teen romance follows the story of a trio of...well...slackers as they cheat and lie their way through college. They’ve managed to make it through all four years without even a hiccup into their devious scheme until their last round of finals when Cool Ethan (played by Jason Schwartzman) appears on the scene and begins to unravel all of their hard, dishonest work. Will the slackers get what is coming to them, or will they be able to pull off one last deceptive heist? Watch Slackers and find out!
The directorial debut of Kevin Smith, Clerks follows the relatively uninteresting lives of two convenience store clerks. A typical day is suddenly interrupted when one of the clerks, Dante (played by Brian O’Halloran) receives news that one of his ex-girlfriends has passed away. This, of course, leads to musings as to whether or not he should stay with his current girlfriend or attempt to rekindle a new fling. This simple comedy is an absolute classic, introducing Jay and Silent Bob to the cinema universe, and scoring an 88% on Rotten Tomatoes. A great watch, especially if you want to see the genesis of the directing work of Kevin Smith.
Another surprise hit film, Superbad tells the story of two high school seniors (played by Jonah Hill and Michael Cera) planning for their future college lives in the most reasonable way possible: getting laid at the last high school bash of the year before they both head off to university. What begins as a simple plan of getting girls drunk and getting laid turns complicated with two pestering police officers. This movie is filled with classic jokes (including the birthplace of McLovin) and is sure to find a hilarious place in your heart.
One of the first stoner films, this 1978 classic tells a familiar tale: two college students attempt to join the frat house with the most prestigious reputation, get summarily rejected, lower their standards, and join a frat with a party reputation. Of course, not only is the reputation of this frat house poor, but the dean of the university has been trying to get them kicked off campus for years. This plot may sound like a lot of other stoner comedies, but this is the movie that did it first! Not only was this movie genre-defining, but was also National Lampoons first movie production. Watch it and enjoy a piece of stoner comedy history!
If what you want out of a stoner comedy is a cinema experience that is impressively bad, then Bio-Dome might be exactly what you need. Scoring an impressively poor 4% on Rotten Tomatoes, Bio-Dome follows two stoners (played by Pauly Shore and Stephen Baldwin). Of course, they are stoned and careless and, while looking for a bathroom, inadvertently stumble upon a bio-dome, a sealed-off biological experiment that locks them inside for a year. Definitely a low-brow, easy to watch comedy, this film is definitely best experienced less than sober.
This 1936 film likely inspired the modern era of stoner comedies, but its original purpose was by no means a comedy. Reefer Madness served as a propaganda film against marijuana by highlighting the “madness” caused by high school students that indulged themselves on weed. In the movie, hapless teens find themselves seduced to smoking pot by a local drug dealer, and after displaying increasingly high levels of erratic behavior while high, eventually causing several deaths and driving one individual to insanity. Over the top with stretched plot points, Reefer Madness is definitely not a comedy but certainly can be laughed at.
Starring Luke Wilson, Bongwater follows the life of David as he lists aimlessly through life while selling pot to make ends meet. However, after meeting a striking young woman named Serena (played by Alicia Witt), his life finds new direction and new purpose. However, his rekindled passion for life and his art are short-lived, for as soon as Serena leaves for New York, David finds himself slipping back into old, unmotivated, pot-dealing ways. A fantastic hybrid of a stoner comedy/romantic comedy, you will have to watch and see if fate brings them together or if David is destined to deal dope.