There’s something about a comedy that features a group of stoners that is unmatched by other comedies. Stoner comedies don’t have to take themselves too seriously, where as other comedies (most Will Ferrell comedies) who don’t take themselves serious just come off as silly and cheap. In honor of the latest installment of the Jay and Silent Bob franchise, lets take a look at the top 20 stoner comedies.
A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas
The third installment of the franchise features a lot more Neal Patrick Harris, and less Guantanamo Bay, making it better than the second installment.
We’re The Millers
Considering this movie was made on a $37 million budget and grossed over $270 million world wide, you could say that it was a commercial success, and of course “professional” critics panned it, calling it “lazy”. However, Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston, fresh off their hilarious performances in “Horrible Bosses”, rejoin to deliver a absurd take on a family comedy. Think “Vacation” if Chevy Chase was a pothead.
Dude, Where’s My Car?
Okay, maybe I’m stretching with this one, but I personally love this movie. It’s essentially “The Hangover” but 9 years earlier. It has cheap gags, a ridiculous theme, a brainwashed cult (ZOLTAN!), and alien women who merge together into a giant woman (think Voltron or Power Rangers but less metal and more cleavage), it has everything you could ever want in a stoner comedy. Plus, it features Ashton Kutcher and Sean William Scott in the roles they’re famous for but amped up to 100.
Ah Pauly Shore and Stephen Baldwin you left us too soon. The premise of this movie is ridiculous, but it start Joey Lauren Adams in a supporting role and damn I loved her. Who would like to see a sequel to this? Maybe directed by Trey Parker and Matt Stone?
The Golden Girls meets every Adam Sandler comedy from the 90’s. This movie is a love letter to nerds everywhere. The main character is an underachieving video game tester who is forced to move in with his Grandma and her roommates. He creates a game that is stolen by the hilarious Joel David Moore as a gothic video game coding prodigy, who is struggling to create his next big hit. In the end, he bests his rival, gets the girl (the hilarious and beautiful, Linda Cardellini) and releases his game which is a huge hit.
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
The reason I’ve gathered you all here today is to celebrate or favorite resident stoners, Jay and Silent Bob. Who have been featured in more movies than Captain America or Iron Man (probably not, but for the sake of this article, go with it). This movie has a host of guest stars, including George Carlin, Ben Affleck, Chris Rock, Jason Lee, Will Ferrell, Judd Nelson, Eliza Dushku, and Seann William Scott. The new movie takes place in real time (Nearly 2 decades later!) and is more heartwarming than Strike Back but a solid sequel and will also go down as a classic.
This Is The End
No stoner comedy list (because that’s a thing now right?) would be complete without Seth Rogen and James Franco, and though this isn’t the movie you were thinking of, it doesn’t change how good it is. This movie is ripe for a sequel. Rumors are that an idea was floating around that the sequel would feature the actors attending the premiere of this movie and the actual rapture would happen then, but for real this time. Insert “Winking” emoji here.
Who wants a mustache ride? Super Troopers might have delivered one of the best characters in cinematic history with Farva. This movie is filled with one liners, a hilarious scene featuring a fast food joint and a liter of cola, and the hilariously funny Brian Cox.
Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny
Jabbles and KG, the hilarious masterminds behind the amazingly talented Tenacious D. I think Tenacious D was originally conceived to be a musical comedy act but Jack Black and Kyle Gass are amazing musicians and deserve the same recognition as other big name rock acts. The Pick of Destiny takes one of their most well regarded songs, Tribute, and sets a full feature length movie to it. I’ve probably watched this film more than any other on this list and I am desperately wanting a sequel.
Half Baked was intended to spring board Dave Chappelle’s movie career and while it didn’t necessarily do that, it did lead him to the eventual masterpiece “Chappelle Show” which showcased more of what makes Dave a comedic genius. Don’t discount the other stars of this movie, Jim Breuer and Guillermo Diaz, who round out one of the greatest stoner trios in history.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Fast Times at Ridgemont High secured Sean Penn’s place as a highly regarded actor. The movie features high school aged kids who are navigating their way through their adolescence. It tackles how teenagers view sex, drugs, relationships, and every other real thing in their lives. Released in 1982, this movie doesn’t feel like a nearly 40 year old movie and many of the topics still resonate today.
Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
Does anyone else feel like this movie came out of nowhere? I don’t remember it even being in theaters in 2004. I watched this movie at a friends house about a year after it came out and when the first joke landed I was instantly hooked. John Cho and Kal Penn have an undeniable chemistry that needs to be further explored. Guantanamo Bay and 3D Christmas may not be as highly regarded but I still think this is a franchise worth expanding on. Plus, it doesn’t feel like Neil Patrick Harris is doing anything totally time consuming now that How I Met Your Mother is off the air.
I went back and forth on Billy Madison. Does it qualify as a stoner comedy? Either way, it doesn’t change the fact that we all want to touch the hiney. I miss Adam Sandler in his heyday, before Jack and Jill.
Method Man and Redman brought us the epitome of ridiculous stoner comedy’s. This features a strand a weed that was fertilized using the ashes of their deceased friend. It opens up the ability to see their friend who helps them cheat on their SAT’s resulting in them being accepted to Harvard, which then leads them to smoke the remains of John Quincy Adams. It tracks, go with it.
Jay and Silent Bob are making their way on my list again, and its well deserved. There are so many movies that Kevin Smith has done but few reach the level of Mallrats. Technicly the second movie in Smith’s Askewniverse, it takes place a day before Clerks. You really see Kevin Smith blossoming as a director in this flick and plus, it has an awesome Stan Lee cameo marking one of his firsts. Does this mean Askewniverse is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
Friday was created by Ice Cube and DJ Pooh. It was intended to be a more accurate telling of “life in the hood” than what was previously portrayed in cinema. The end result was a fantastically written comedy that features one of the best lines in film history “You Got Knocked the F?#! Out Man!”
Dazed & Confused
Dazed and Confused is widely regarded as one of the best films in cinematic history. It features an amazing cast, most of whom would go on to become mega celebrities, most notably, Ben Affleck and Matthew McConaughey. McConaughey’s line “Alright, Alright, Alright” started here and went on to become synonymous with the actor for his entire career.
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Way before Keanu Reeves was an action mega star, and delivering hits like John Wick and Speed, he played the roll of Ted alongside equally iconic Bill, played by Alex Winter. Bill and Ted is meant to be a high school fantasy dealing with real high school issues. Ted’s dad sending him to military school if he doesn’t pass his class or Bill’s father, who marries a former school mate of his son. So what do they do to overcome their personal struggles? Inherit a phone booth time machine and collect as many important figures from history for your history presentation.
Pineapple Express isn’t just a great stoner comedy, it’s a great movie. James Franco seems to be having the time of his life in this violent movie about a guy and his drug dealer on the run from a bigger drug dealer. Though James Franco and Seth Rogan were born to play these roles, the real scene stealer is Danny McBride’s, Red. McBride delivers one liner after one liner and seemingly can never die! He gets shot, caught in an explosion, and hit by a car. A sequel to Pineapple Express was planned but it appears that Sony is not moving forward with the project.
Cheech & Chong’s Up In Smoke
The pioneers of stoner comedy, Cheech and Chong started it all. Up In Smoke is considered to be the first of its kind and essential made it possible for every movie on this list to make it to theaters. Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong have become stoner royalty and major voices in the marijuana political debates.
Jay & Silent Bob Reboot
Jay and Silent Bob return to Hollywood to
stop a reboot of the ‘Bluntman and Chronic’ movie.
Director: Kevin Smith
Writer: Kevin Smith
Stars: Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Harley Quinn Smith