There’s nothing like a funny movie or a binge-worthy TV series to help you wind down and have a good time while smoking a joint. Today, there’s no shortage of choices among the productions. Whether on the big or small screen, there is something for everyone. Documentaries for educational purposes, relaxing television series, films for a rainy afternoon weekend… cannabis smokers even have a film genre dedicated to them: the stoner film.
Learning through cannabis culture
Did you ever suspect that there’d be a connection between the writer Jack Kerouac, beloved jazzman Louis Armstrong and the rapper Snoop Dogg? Yet, they are and were all cannabis users and advocates. Here is what we learn from the documentary Grass is Greener released on Netflix on April 20th. This is the first documentary made by hip-hop legend Fab 5 Freddy. Snoop Dogg, B-Real of Cypress Hill and Damian Marley discuss the influence of weed on American music and society. Rather engaging, the doc examines the links between the criminalization of cannabis and racism, how marijuana has been used against the black and latino communities, as well as how cannabis has been associated with the birth of jazz and its greatest representatives. A must-see to cultivate your knowledge of marijuana!
If you smoke sativa, you’re probably jonesing for a laugh and you’re probably familiar with titles like Smiley Face or The Big Lebowski, which are classics of the stoner film genre featuring self-parody. The Cheech & Chong series from the 1970s is an archetypal example of the stoner film. This film genre is very distinct and has its own subgenres. High Times magazine regularly sponsors Stony Awards that recognize the best films or series in each category.
Seth Rogen and James Franco’s “Stoner Film” Bromance
Long time friends and acclaimed comedic actors Seth Rogen and James Franco have developed their own brand of “Stoner Bromance” in a slew of recent pop-culture films. One of the first, and most popular of these comedies is Pineapple Express. In a light and humorous tone, Pineapple Express (named after a popular strain of cannabis) by David Gordon Green is probably one of the funniest stoner films in recent years. A dealer embodied by James Franco leads, against his will, one of his clients, Seth Rogen, into an incredible adventure where nothing will go as planned.
If you’re in a more chaotic “end-of-the-world” mood, you’ll love “This is the End” directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. It’s the apocalypse in Los Angeles and the actors who play their own roles (Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Rihanna) are not spared… the party at James Franco turns into a nightmare for our greatest pleasure!
Coming Soon to a Theater Near You
The Dead Don’t Die will be released on June 14 and already seems to follow in the footsteps of zombie comedies like Shaun of the Dead (Edgar Wright). We don’t know yet if we’ll find a theme related to marijuana, but the winning formula of stoner movies is there: a disaster scenario, a cast of stars in comedic roles where we wouldn’t expect them (Adam Driver, Bill Murray, Selena Gomez, Chloë Sévigny) and incredible adventures. Looking forward to this summer!