Sure, you’ve watched a movie before but have you watched one while you’re high? We can assure you, it’s an entirely different experience!
Of course, there are certain cinematic masterpieces that you can’t appreciate while high. They’re best reserved for when you have the mental capacity to process their message and emotions, which is why you won’t find any of those here. Instead, this list is composed of movies that will treat your eyes to a visual feast or make you laugh without thinking too much (or both).
Without further ado, here are some of the movies you should definitely consider putting on after you’ve gotten your hemp delivery and you’re high on positive vibes:
The Big Lebowski (1998)
This creation by the Coen brothers has given birth to perhaps one of the most iconic movie dopeheads of all time: Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski, played brilliantly by Jeff Bridges. If you haven’t watched this iconic movie yet, the basic premise is that The Dude is mistaken for someone else and a whole lot of trouble ensues. The Dude, however, is so chill about everything it’s hard not to be envious of how he deals with things.
As a bonus, this more-than-your-average comedy slash stoner film features an ensemble cast featuring the likes of Julianne Moore, Sam Elliott, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro, Tara Reid, David Thewlis, and Peter Stormare.
If you’d like to see a neon light extravaganza on screen, there’s no better candidate than the OG Tron. This 1982 sci-fi film inspired by Pong and starring Jeff Bridges (yes, him again!) is about industrial espionage dressed up in CGI. It’s actually one of the first films in history to use a considerable amount of computer-generated imaging.
Starsky and Hutch (2004)
Starsky and Hutch, starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, is a remake of the 1970s TV series of the same name. Stiller and Wilson play the titular characters, two cops who team up for the first time to catch a drug dealer. It’s definitely more comedic than the TV show, featuring slapstick humor and groovy fashion. Also, the film features one of most popular stoners in recent history, Snoop Dogg himself, playing Starsky and Hutch’s informant Huggy Bear.
Monster movies were a big thing in the 1990s and among them is the Kevin Bacon-led film Tremors. While Jurassic Park had its dinosaurs, Anaconda had its gigantic snakes, and Aliens had its, well, aliens, Tremors had prehistoric carnivorous worms called Graboids. It’s up to Kevin Bacon’s Val McKee and his partner Fred Ward’s Earl Bassett to fight and ensure their group’s survival. For a story that starts with two handymen wanting to get out of their boring town and their boring lives, Tremors is objectively quite thrilling. Seeing it through a weed high might make you appreciate its cult classic status even more.
Pineapple Express (2008)
Pineapple Express stars Seth Rogen, another popular stoner, and James Franco, who can act like a stoner but really isn’t one. Critics didn’t like the movie for a lot of reasons, but the duo of Rogen and Franco is definitely a huge hit. Rogen’s Dale Denton and Franco’s Saul Silver are reluctant partners in this film, which is essentially the opposite of a buddy cop movie as the two unlikely partners try to escape the bad guys.
Some people tend to lump animated movies as kids’ movies, but many of them actually appeal to adults or are actually more adult than you realize. Case in point, the first Shrek. Sure it stars popular fairy tale characters (spoofed to infinity and beyond, but still!) but the humor is definitely mature, bordering on inappropriate for children. If you want a fresh lens on Shrek’s journey to rescue Fiona, definitely watch this movie and its three sequels while stoned. We’re sure you’ll gain a new appreciation for this ogre and his priorities in life.
A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas (2011)
Last but certainly not least in this list is A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas. Starring John Cho and Kal Penn as the titular stoner buddies Harold and Kumar, this movie is about the duo finding a new Christmas tree good enough to please Danny Trejo, playing Harold’s father-in-law Carlos Perez, because his precious eight-year-old tree got ruined by Harold and Kumar’s marijuana shenanigans. An abundance of weed jokes and vulgarities ensue, which might just be what you need to shake off holiday blues.
Scott Pilgrim Vs The World (2010)
Another visual delight for a stoned mind is Scott Pilgrim Vs The World. Directed by Edgar Wright, this graphic-novel-turned-film is a pleasing combo of video game tropes and visuals. It also stars Michael Cera as Scott Pilgrim in his usual nerdy glory, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Ramona Flowers and her multicolored wigs, pre-Marvel Chris Evans and Brie Larson, ex-Superman Brandon Routh, and a band of other colorful characters that try to help or derail Scott Pilgrim’s quest to defeat Ramona’s seven evil exes in order to win the right to date her.
No matter your taste in movies, you’ll definitely find something to love in the list above. If anything, being high on weed can make the experience of watching these films even better.