"I don't need drugs to enjoy this! Just to enhance it!"
There are works that some of the fandom will insist are more entertaining, or make more sense, if you're watching/reading/listening to/playing it while under the influence of a mind altering substance; be it alcohol, pot, acid, mushrooms, ecstasy, or whatever, man. While some people may say every work is better, but in general, there seems to be a select group of works that are claimed to be this way.
This usually happens with works supposedly made when the creators were under the influence of the same substances
regardless of their actual sobriety. Most often it's Stoner Flicks
that get this or if it just has a stoner
character, especially an erudite one
. Works that use Faux Symbolism
also receive this. It also happens with works that involve swirls of bright colors, strobe lights, laser lights, mushroom sambas
, or Disney Acid Sequences
. Frequently, the work just has to involve something strange or out of the ordinary, so this is very common with fantasy and science fiction as well as works involving a Mind Screw
. Also possible with works that are supposedly aimed at kids but the content calls this into question
Whether or not the creators intentionally make it this way varies, as will whether or not they admit to it
for several reasons. Doing so can lead to backlash from Moral Guardians
and can cause problems for people under Contractual Purity
because Drugs Are Bad
. However, this can be affected by Values Dissonance
which can lead to a Flip Flop of God
. It can also lead to a Misaimed Fandom
, which can lead to the aforementioned problems but can also help how successful the work is leading to a Shrug of God
Often leads to an Alternate Aesop Interpretation
, Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory
, or What Do You Mean, It's Not Didactic?
Generally not recommended
Oddly enough, this only occasionally overlaps with This Is Your Premise on Drugs
. However, it almost always
overlaps with What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?
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- Half Baked has the Enhancement Smoker, a character based entirely around this concept. The best part is how well he's played by Jon Stewart, and how many fans think this trope applies to the The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.
Enhancement Smoker: You ever see the back of a twenty dollar bill... on weed? Oh, there's some crazy shit, man. There's a dude in the bushes. Has he got a gun? I dunno! RED TEAM GO, RED TEAM GO.
- Used in Knocked Up — when the guys go to Las Vegas, Pete brings along some psychedelic mushrooms and they deliberately save them for when they go to see Cirque du Soleil's Mystere. The experience is awesome at first, but by the end the drugs turn on Ben and he freaks out. (The commentary on the DVD notes that Cirque had no problem with their work being used in the context of this trope!)
- Woody Allen displays a dim view of this in Annie Hall when a California party guest says "You ever see Renoir's Grand Illusion? It's hilarious when you're stoned!"
- Invoked in Super Troopers when the guys use some confiscated pot to help them look for "evidence" in tapes of the Afghani-produced Johnny Chimpo cartoon.
- A common activity of the title character of Ted.
- Mac and Devin Go to High School opens with an animated talking joint named Slowburn who actually acknowledges the audience and invites them to light one up before watching. When Todd in the Shadows and The Rap Critic reviewed the movie, they pointed out that "watch it stoned" is not typically a compliment, and that a good Stoner Flick should be one that's still funny and entertaining even if you're not high.
- In The Count of Monte Cristo, Everything's Better On Hashish, according to protagonist Edmond Dantes, the eponymous Count, who delivers a flowery speech to Franz extolling its virtues with much hyperbole. Among the things that are Better On Hashish is, apparently, suicide, or so he convinces a depressed Maximilien Morrel towards the end of the book.
- In his non-fiction book Danse Macabre, Stephen King mentions that he made a grave mistake by getting stoned before watching Robot Monster, because he almost laughed himself into a hernia.
Live Action TV
- The 4/20/10 episode of The Colbert Report subverted this hard. Angry at stoners for celebrating their decadent lifestyle, the show lays out a series of frightening stimuli for the stoned viewer, including: loud banging noises as if the police were at your door, Stephen asking, "Are you ok? Everybody's been saying you're acting weird," and a police officer yelling at the screen.
- Speaking of Colbert, he once made a one-off joke about how small children and stoners are alike because "they sit there and drool while watching Yo Gabba Gabba" (or something to that effect).
- Bill Bryson says he used to love watching Open University drunk.
- Craig Ferguson occasionally brings this up for laughs on The Late Late Show during the Cold Opening sketches where he's using a Hand Puppet and will make a comment along the lines of, "If you've been smoking marijuana this evening, you're welcome".
- One episode of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! parodied their show's stoner audience by claiming that they make the show while "smoking marijuano" [sic] in a ridiculous "interview" with Michael Ian Black. (They've said in straight interviews that no drugs are involved during the writing or filming of the show; the whole thing was a knowing wink and a nod to the audience.)
- Genesis used to get annoyed in the early 1970s when people thought that you had to be on drugs to appreciate their music, because they had to be perfectly sober to play it. Except for Phil Collins, their then-drummer, who was happily high on marijuana during almost all of the depressing "Lamb" tour.note
- Queens of the Stone Age are frequently categorized as "stoner rock," although the band members have rejected this label. They've stated in interviews that they gave up weed in junior high, and go on to make the point that Britney Spears probably sounds good if you're high. It doesn't mean she has any 'hidden depths'."
- Surprisingly averted by Hawkwind, or so at least the sleeve notes to their first album might have one believe:
We started out trying to freak people (trippers), now we are trying to levitate their minds, in a nice way, without acid...
- One of the most blatant lampshade hangings in musical history: the title of Spacemen 3's album Taking Drugs to Make Music to Take Drugs To.
- Subverted by X Japan. Despite ongoing rumors that their original name "X" refers to ecstasy and having several songs referring to the use of various drugs (weed in Standing Sex, heroin in the non-gay sex remake of Stab Me In The Back, a likely oblique reference to ecstasy itself in Orgasm, heroin in IV, among others, all the band members aside from hide and Taiji categorically denied actually using drugs beyond alcohol and tobacco, and officially, the band is named after "infinity."