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The Best Stoner Movies Of All Time

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    Hey dudes and dudettes. As they say in stoner movies: It’s 4:20 somewhere — a.k.a. the unofficial official time of day to spark a blunt, hit the bong, toke up, vape, and please insert some more expressions synonymous with smoking pot here.

    According to The Huffington Post, the roots of that particular time — and, of course, the corresponding holiday, 4/20 — can be traced back to a group of five friends who called themselves the Waldos at San Rafael High School in California. In the fall of 1971, they heard that a member of the Coast Guard had a marijuana crop ready to be harvested, and he could no longer tend to it. Ever the opportunists, the Waldos agreed to meet up after school at 4:20 p.m. to begin their trek into the forest to pick the bud.

    They never did find the Coast Guard serviceman’s crop, but they continued to meet to smoke in one of their cars at 4:20 p.m. on the reg. All they had to say to get the plan in motion was, obviously, “420.” The Waldos had familial connections to The Grateful Dead — one of their brothers was friends with Phil Lesh and frequently smoked with him, so that’s probably how the term “420” caught on in Haight-Ashbury circles, and then spread from there.

    Eventually, High Times got word of 420, and in the ‘90s, it purchased 420.com. The magazine takes credit for spreading the concept of 420, but really, who’s to say exactly how something like this spreads throughout the world? All we can agree on is the fact that A. 4:20 p.m. is the most appropriate time of day to smoke some weed, and B. every April 20, stoners everywhere get really baked in honor of their favorite herb.

    Whether or not you observe 4:20 and/or 4/20, you can still enjoy some of the best stoner flicks of all time. Remember to stock up on munchies before you press play. We know; we don’t have to remind you. This isn’t amateur hour.




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    Clerks (1994)

    While purists might not consider Kevin Smith's cult hit to be a true stoner film, we'd argue otherwise. The black-and-white comedy checks all the boxes: The meandering plotlessness, the duo of lovable slacker besties, the amusing situations they find themselves in, and the brilliantly dumb dialogue that's funny when you're sober and even funnier when you're high. Plus, Clerks marks the birth of Smith's stoner icons Jay and Silent Bob.

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    Up In Smoke (1978)

    Cheech & Chong's film debut has often been credited as the original stoner movie. The movie follows a pot-smoking slacker (Tommy Chong) and the equally rad stoner dude (Cheech Marin) he meets hitchhiking. The weed-hazed adventures that ensue are perfectly ridiculous. They evade prison, unwittingly smuggle a van full of weed across the border and end up playing their hearts out in a rock band contest.

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    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)

    Alex Winter and a very young Keanu Reeves star as Bill and Ted, two permanently stoner-faced SoCal slackers in danger of flunking out. The loopy premise: In a future society, Bill and Ted are revered as the "Two Great Ones." The future leaders send one of their own back in time to 1988 in order to ensure the BFFs pass their history project (and thus stay on track towards humanity-altering greatness). With help from a time-traveling phone booth, the pair explore the past and meet leaders like Socrates, Freud, Joan of Arc, Napoleon and Beethoven. It is most excellent, dude.

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    This Is the End (2013)

    Pineapple Express duo James Franco and Seth Rogen reunited for this star-studded stoner flick that, oddly enough, is also one hell of an apocalypse movie. Franco, playing himself, invites some celeb friends — including Emma Watson and Michael Cera, also playing themselves — to an epic rager at his house. Unfortunately, their boozing and blazing comes to a grinding halt when the fiery pits of hell open up because the rapture has arrived. Just kidding — of course they light up when the world's about to end.

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    Dazed and Confused (1993)

    Richard Linklater’s slice-of-life film about the last day of school at Lee High School in Texas in 1976 includes plenty of stoners, like Ron (Rory Cochrane), and recreational weed usage by characters from every social group. School’s out for summer, y'all.