Stoner movies are special kind of movies that you watch when high — mostly on weed. The idea of stoner movies is to showcase a different, trippy world that to a normal audience may not seem apparent. While stoner movies have existed since the 1930s, there has been a recent trend where wild comedies are the “to-go” films when high on weed. Then there are sex-comedies and teenage tragedies or the ones which focus only on weed and opiates and nothing else. One thing, however, is common across all stoner movies – they don’t follow any storyline or technicalities (typically) and also have a bizarre setting which is hard to decipher (stoned or not, either way) and one has to look at them whilst being in their shoes to realize their true importance.
So, if you are high and are looking for the right kind of cinema, some of our recommendations. Since you can’t go to a movie theatre, the best news is that you don’t have to even go to a movie theatre to see these films. You just need to be subscribed to Hulu. Without further ado, here’s the list of really good stoner movies on Hulu that you can watch right now.
11. Frank (2014)
Starring Michael Fassbender in the leading role, this 2014 comedy-drama film is a rather trippy one, which you’re bound to enjoy whether you’re high or otherwise. The film begins with a teenager called Jon who aspires to be a musician. He comes across a man called Don who turns out to be the manager of a band called the Soronprfbs. Don takes Jon to meet the members of the band, and here the most striking character turns out to be the frontman of the band, Frank, who always wears a mask on his head. Frank immediately takes a liking towards Jon and invites him to join the band as they try to record their debut album. Though Fassbender remains in a mask almost throughout the film, it is his performance which breathes life into the story.
10. Spaceballs (1987)
A satirical science fiction comedy film, ‘Spaceballs’ is a story about Planet Spaceball, a heavenly body ruled by an evil leader called President Skroob who has managed to waste the entire air of the planet. To obtain some air, he plans to force the king of a neighbouring planet, King Roland, to give him access to its atmosphere. Skroob plans to kidnap Roland’s daughter Vespa to make this happen, but she proves to be a clever lady and escapes in her spaceship. When his daughter is not found anywhere, King Roland decides to call upon someone to go and find her. This person is Lone Starr, who, along with his sidekick, a half-man, half-dog creature, goes around space trying to locate the princess. The film heavily parodies the Star Wars franchise and even includes a number of pop culture references throughout its narrative.
9. Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
This film centres around the adventures of three friends- Adam, Nick, and Lou, and Adam’s nephew Jacob. All three friends are having personal problems to deal with but come together when a report arrives of Lou being hospitalized because of carbon monoxide poisoning. They decide to take him somewhere to relax after the incident and also take Jacob along. They end up at the Kodiak Valley Ski Resort where they indulge in a night of heavy drinking, even consuming illegal Russian alcohol called “Chernobyl”. When they wake up the morning after, they realize that they have travelled back in time to 1986. When warned by a mysterious repairman not to change anything which has already happened so as to not tamper with the continuity of time, the three friends now have to go through all their sufferings once again. Yes, the script is silly in certain places, but that’s exactly what you expect from a stoner film.
8. Grabbers (2012)
You surely need a good dosage of THC running through your veins before you can make sense of what this film is really about. The story of this film is centred around an Irish place called Erin Island where the locals mainly indulge in trades related to fishing. Here, police officers Ciaran O’Shea and Lisa Nolan have to carry out an investigation regarding the large number of whale corpses that are being discovered in and around the village. It slowly comes to light that the town is under the attack of some tentacled aliens who feed on the blood of terrestrial creatures. When a drunk manages to escape an alien attack without any injuries, people start believing that if the alcohol content in the blood is high, they will be safe from the attacks of these monsters. A rather enjoyable film, ‘Grabbers’ uses some genre elements and then goes off on its off-beat direction, proving to be a great addition to the stoner comedy subgenre.
7. Flashback (1990)
The star of this movie is Dennis Hopper, the man responsible for making one of the greatest stoner films of all time, ‘Easy Rider‘. In this comedy, Hopper plays the role of a hippie called Huey Walker, who is also a person with Left-leaning political tendencies. Huey has been forced to run around the country and avoid the eyes of the law as he has been accused of a crime he did not commit. When he is finally caught, Huey is being taken to prison by an FBI agent called John Buckner (Kiefer Sutherland). While on the journey, the two of them begin sharing a great bond which allows Buckner to loosen up a bit and start enjoying the pleasures of life. Quite different from the formulaic comedies, this film offers us a look into the journey of two rather interesting characters and how despite old age, one of them has been able to be politically aware.
6. The Hero (2017)
A rather sober weed movie, 2017’s ‘The Hero’ centres around a character who has been at the height of popularity once upon a time and now is merely a shadow of his former self. The central character of this film is the former western film star Lee Hayden who has always been well-regarded for his baritone voice. But now, as age sets in, Hayden is not that professionally active any longer. Instead, he spends his days reminiscing about the glory days gone by and smoking marijuana with one of his former co-stars in films who has now become a weed dealer. Tragedy strikes when it is revealed that Hayden is suffering from cancer. Instead of the film becoming a tear-jerking melodrama, the filmmaker here takes a bold decision. On receiving the news, Hayden sets about repairing old relations and looking for one final movie role for which people will remember him. It is Sam Elliott’s performance in the leading role which is the best aspect of ‘The Hero’.
5. Looking For Eric (2009)
Ken Loach is someone who has always managed to make films which are about those regular people in society whom we always glance through in real life. They are the most ordinary people imaginable, but Loach manages to bring their sorrows, pains, aspirations, and desires out on the big screen in an extremely poignant manner. His 2009 venture ‘Looking For Eric’ centres around a man called Eric Bishop. He is a middle-aged soccer fan whose days go by dealing with family problems or watching matches of his favourite soccer team Manchester United. One day, Bishop manages to steal some marijuana from his stepson and smokes it alone. Immediately, he begins hallucinating about his favourite soccer player, former United centre-forward and club legend Eric Cantona. Always famous for his philosophical comments during interviews, Cantona keeps appearing to Bishop when he smokes up and then tries to talk him out of the difficulties he is facing. Eric Bishop becomes the spokesperson of millions across the world who use soccer to bring some joy and happiness into their own lives.
4. The Chumscrubber (2005)
The story of this film revolves around a character called Dean whose best friend and drug dealer Troy suddenly commit suicide. Dean is always under the effect of anti-depressants, and on finding out that his best friend has passed away, Dean’s father increases his drug dosage. Troy was quite famous at school as he used to supply many people with both narcotic and prescription drugs. Some now think that Dean will be able to obtain the remaining drugs at Troy’s house for them and come up with a plan which will force Dean to comply with their wish. They plan to kidnap Dean’s brother Charlie, but end up kidnapping someone else altogether. Though Dean agrees to get the drugs for these kidnappers, problems arise when the drugs are not found in the usual location. The film is an interesting take on problems of the modern world where parents are so busy trying to maintain their jobs and their aspirations that they are completely unaware of the fact that their children are becoming drug addicts, kidnappers, and even drug dealers if necessary.
3. Sorry To Bother You (2018)
Though this movie can be enjoyed after a few spliffs, do not ignore the important message that it is trying to get across. A biting satire of the exploitative work machine that capitalism has turned out to be, ‘Sorry To Bother You‘ is written and directed by Boots Riley. The film centres around a character called Cassius “Cash” Green who starts off as unemployed youth but does manage to find a job as a telemarketer. When Cash is not able to perform well at his job in the initial stages, he is asked by one of his colleagues to use the so-called “white voice” to attract customers. The trick works and Cash soon finds himself rising up the ranks in his office. He becomes such a valuable employee of the company that he even strains his relationship with his girlfriend when refuses to join a union asking for more wages and proper working hours. You will have a new perspective on the term “workhorses” after you are done watching this film.
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2. American Beauty (1999)
The directorial debut of Sam Mendes, ‘American Beauty‘ stars Kevin Spacey as Lester, a suburban middle-aged father whose life is full of unfulfilled desires and frustrations. His wife Carolyn is also not happy with their relationship and wants to get out of it as soon as possible. Lester looks for happiness elsewhere and manages to come upon a friend of his daughter’s and begins having sexual fantasies about her. When Carolyn cheats on him, Lester does not do anything despite knowing about it. Instead, he quits his job, starts smoking weed, and keeps enjoying his fantasies in order to do something different. This film points out the unfulfilled aspirations of the middle-class person who has always been bogged down by responsibilities and has never truly managed to enjoy himself and life in general. Spacey’s performance in the film earned him his second Academy Award in the Best Actor category.
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1. Requiem For A Dream (2000)
Probably the greatest stoner film ever made, ‘Requiem For A Dream‘ is itself a psychedelic trip. The story of the film mainly centres between a widowed mother called Sara Goldfarb and her son Harry. While Harry and his friend Tyrone are complete heroin addicts, his girlfriend joins them to get away from her father. They have plans of getting their hands on some considerable amount of drugs which they can sell and start a boutique of their own, but eventually, keep spending their money on drugs. Sara, on the other hand, gets an opportunity to appear on television and starts taking beauty pills to make herself look better. Slowly, she begins getting addicted to these medicines and her life spirals out of control. This is a movie about some people who crave love and attention in whichever way possible. But their judgments are so clouded by the drugs that they consume, that they cannot think straight no matter how hard they try. Brilliant performances, exquisite cinematography, and some masterfully constructed scenes are the best aspects of this film.
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