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"We aren't very functional when we're stoned - which is all the fucking time."
Dale Denton, Pineapple Express

Also known as THC Theater. A movie about The Stoner, made for the Stoner. Possibly made by Stoners, but that can't be proven, unless the creators acknowledge that it was.

Tend not to be especially plot-driven, and often contain long tangents relating to pop culture. Expect 90% of the humor to be either puerile jokes or humor about doing incredibly stupid stuff thanks to being intoxicated. Basically, Slice of Life genre for stoners. Many, but not all, Stoner Flicks are also examples of Drugs Are Good.

With these films, it's often recommended that you Watch It Stoned.


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  • The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle
  • Inherent Vice by Paul Thomas Anderson, an adaptation of the novel by Thomas Pynchon. A unique marriage of Stoner Flick and Film Noir in which a perpetually high detective gets involved in several intricate criminal conspiracies.
  • Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back the other Kevin Smith movies have drug influences, but are much less focused on it.
  • J-Men Forever (1979). The villainous Lightning Bug schemes to conquer the Earth with Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll, and only the J-Men (an elite team of tight-assed — we mean, straight-jawed men-in-tights) can stop him with a combination of re-dubbed Republic Film Serial heroes, schmaltzy music, and an indiscriminate bombing campaign of all suspected marijuana stashes. Has a vast number of Stoner jokes, including the motto of the J-Men which is "U Cannabis Smokem".
  • Killer Bud
  • Knocked Up, the b-plot is Stoner comedy all the way.
  • Living Will, in addition to being a romantic comedy, has plenty of stoner humor.
  • Mac and Devin Go to High School even opens with a cartoon spliff telling the audience to light one up before watching. In his review of the movie, Todd in the Shadows noted essentially that comedy movies which explicitly suggest the audience get high before watching usually aren't very funny to non-stoners — and everything is funnier when you're on pot anyway.
  • Magical Mystery Tour, a trippy impromptu Beatles TV movie.
  • Paul, a Science-Fiction comedy about two British comic book buffs on holiday in the U.S. who meet a pot-smoking alien voiced by Seth Rogen.
  • Pineapple Express. Two stoners get mixed up in an action film. The title refers to a strain of weed.
  • Reefer Madness (2005), the classic exploitation film remade as an over-the-top musical comedy.
  • Saving Grace, possibly the most intelligent stoner movie ever made.
  • A Scanner Darkly is a very dark deconstruction, as the hilarity the characters get up to is the result of their brains literally being destroyed by Substance D. They also live in poverty and squalor, one of them tries to commit suicide (and may have succeeded), and the protagonist himself grows increasingly out-of-touch with reality. And the film ends with a list of friends the author lost to substance abuse. Given the age of the source material, this may qualify as an Unbuilt Trope.
  • Strange Brew is basically a beer variant — everything Bob and Doug do over the course of the movie relates back to beer somehow.
  • Super Troopers, though ironically the first scene features the heroes tormenting and busting some potheads for possession.
  • Smiley Face, stars Anna Faris as a stoner who had a few too many marijuana cupcakes.
  • The Stoned Age
  • Super High Me.
  • Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny; the film is noticeably more pot-centric than the group's previous specials.
    • Tenacious D themselves joke in the commentary that the film's message is that weed is friendship.
  • The Wall.
  • Withnail and I is a ruinously-heavy-drinking variant.
  • Your Highness is a stoner flick with a fantasy adventure plotline.
  • Zardoz. John Boorman himself was high when he made the thing and it shows.

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  • Jerk City is a Stoner Webcomic. As one of its catchphrases goes, powerful forces ("bonghits") are at work.

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Alternative Title(s): THC Theater, THC Theatre


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