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July 13, 2019
6 Comedies That Are Even More Hilarious If You’re Stoned

BY PAUL SCHRODT

The stoner movie occupies a hallowed place in American cinematic history, and isn’t it always better to watch people get high while you, yourself, are also a little high? Indeed, a  cannabis-boosted night of movie-watching calls for all sorts of light-hearted, gut-busting fare, even if you’ve seen it all before. (Sometimes it’s better that way, actually.) These movies might have ho-hum plots and performances that aren’t exactly Oscar-worthy, but in this particular case, it’s more about their hit-to-miss joke ratio and cannabis-friendly sense of silliness. Commence to binging with these stoner masterworks.

Best Movies to Watch While High

Airplane!
There’s a surreal quality to 1980’s Airplane!, in which the gags fly fast (no pun intended) with little to no respect paid to the barebones plot—the entire story is pretty much surmised in the zippy title. You’re not here for narrative precision, though. The genius behind {Airplane!} is the impeccable timing and the execution of the piled-up absurdities, like the chipper nun singing Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” who causes a passenger to unload the contents of his stomach into a cup. Sounds weird on paper, but it’ll all make sense with a little sativa at your side.

Clueless
There’s never a bad time to watch this seminal ‘90s teen comedy—even if it happens to be the 76th time!—which means it easily squeaks onto this list. Chances are you’ve seen it before (if not, stop reading and go watch it immediately), so you don’t have to commit quite as much of your brain to comprehending the whip-smart Valley Girl-meets-Jane Austen dialogue. Plus, a little THC will only heighten appreciation for protagonist Cher’s (Alicia Silverstone) absurd yet undeniably fabulous fashion choices.

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion
Here’s another exceptional ‘90s women-led high school comedy. As beloved as it is, this gem never quite got its due reverence, maybe because the two protagonists are actually long out of high school, and few people their twenties are eager to revisit that era. That said, the off-the-wall personalities of stars Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino are brilliant. They play a pair of Venice Beach slackers who get it in their heads to attend their 10th-year reunion with a list of fake accomplishments to impress their former classmates. Naturally, they have a hard time keeping their stories straight, and all sorts of wackiness ensues, culminating in an epic Cyndi Lauper-soundtracked dance sequence with Alan Cumming that cries out for a hit off a joint.

Super Troopers
This 2001 film arrived amid a lowkey golden era for American comedy. Like Wet Hot American Summer, released the same year, this cult classic, created by the Broken Lizard comedy troupe, was critically panned when it came out, but has nonetheless been thoroughly appreciated for its euphoric, stoner-specific comedy. A group of generally useless state troopers led by Brian Cox (!) attempt to ratchet up their arrests. It’s hard to hate them, or this ramshackle production, which is as fun to take in as it appears it was to make. Don’t think about any of it too hard; just get on its weed-enabled wavelength.

Wet Hot American Summer
Though it was criminally underseen when it came out in 2001, it’s hard to think of a more cultishly beloved comedy film from the turn of the millennium than Wet Hot American Summer. The cast alone should’ve tipped off even the more casual of comedy fans: Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon, Michael Ian Black, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, and Elizabeth Banks are all here. Everyone in the cast has become more famous since, for good reason. Maybe the mainstream needed some herbal help to tap into the blissed-out sendup of dysfunctional summer-camp life. Immensely quotable (“You mean, penis-in-vagina?”), filthy, and unrelenting in its oddball humor, this flick never, ever gets old.

House (aka Hausu)
This one is an outlier, but hear us out. 1977's House isn’t a comedy, per say. But as one of Japan’s weirdest, most irreverent supernatural horror films, it’s not too far off. This underground gem, which has won over ardent American fans for decades, is self-aware and clearly in on its own laughs. A group of schoolgirls take a summer trip to a remote estate owned by the protagonist’s aunt. Before long, the characters (who go by such names as Kung Fu, Fantasy, and Gorgeous) experience a series of trippy, supernatural events, eventually discovering that the house itself is trying to devour them, one by one. If that sounds scary, trust us: it’s not. The freakouts are hilarious and highly imaginative, and cannabis only enhances the painterly, dreamlike visuals. The special effects were intentionally designed to look unrealistic, which somehow makes them beautiful.

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