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The 7 Funniest Stoner Scenes in Movie History

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By Jeff Finkle

For those of you reading this in Colorado or Oregon you might want to grab your perfectly rolled, legal joint and a keep a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos handy, but you don’t have to be high to laugh at these classic stoner scenes. If you are wondering why Cheech and Chong are not represented in this list it is only because they are the Adam & Eve of stoner comedy and have produced so many hilarious scenes over the years; they are a genre onto themselves. This list is inspired by the funniest scenes involving stoners and not necessarily the funniest stoner characters, which sounds like something a stoner in a movie would say before losing his train of thought.

7. True Romance, Floyd

In a movie where Christian Slater’s Clarence gets advice on a coke deal from Elvis’ ghost and Bronson Pinchot sneezes out a bag of cocaine after being pulled over by highway patrol, it is Pitt’s Floyd who steals the movie with the little dialogue he is given. (“Don’t condescend me… I’ll kill you, man.”) As James Gandolfini’s hit man and then the Italian mob knock on his door looking to kill anyone who knows the whereabouts of his roommate Dick Ritchie, Clarence and his wife, and former prostitute for a day, Alabama, Brad Pitt’s Floyd remains perfectly chill on his couch enjoying the movie Freejack and his honey bear bong. How could anyone condescend to this lovable stoner?


6. Friday, Smokey

This scene from Friday is number two on this list for a reason but Chris Tucker’s performance as Smokey, the ultimate South Central stoner, is as memorable a part of ‘90s pop culture as flannel shirts, bands that sounded like Pearl Jam and well, movies about life in the hood. Except the brilliance of Friday is that it’s not about surviving a gang, it’s about getting through a typical Friday and avoiding the neighborhood bully. John Witherspoon, as Mr. Jones, the father of Ice Cube’s Craig, does something in this scene that is harder than not laughing while watching the movie Friday — he steals it from Chris Tucker.


5. Fast Times at Ridgemont High, “He’s gonna kill us!”

Sean Penn may have spent the past 30 years searching for serious, gut wrenchingly emotional roles but any fan of ‘80s teen comedies, especially anyone who grew up in the ‘80s will always remember him as Spicoli from Fast Times. From “You dick?” to “No Shirts, No Shoes, No Dice..” to “Alright Hamilton!,” just about everything that Sean Penn says as Jeff Spicoli is a quote fans of this teen comedy classic will remember. Check out this hilarious scene as Spicoli enjoys a leisurely drive with Jefferson’s little brother and utters numerous legendary comedy lines including, “My old man is a Television repairman, he’s got the ultimate set of tools. I can fix it.”


4. Half Baked, Thurgood Wears a Wire

This homage to great stoner scenes wouldn’t be complete without a Half-Baked scene. If there was a Mt. Rushmore of stoner movies, Half-Baked would be Abraham Lincoln, except with pieces of Funyons stuck in its beard. You know you have an all-star cast for a stoner movie when Dave Chapelle is the straight man out of the group, and you might find yourself shouting out Abracadabra at random times of the day after watching these stoner buddies at their highest. Just make sure you’ve stocked up on the essential graham crackers, grape jelly, Capt. Crunch and condoms before watching the fully-baked boys try and pull a sting operation on drug kingpin Samson.

3. Ted, Name Guessing Scene

One can only hope that Seth Macfarlane’s pitch to greenlight Ted went something like this: A stoner teddy bear with a wicked New England accent is best friends with Mark Wahlberg and they get into enough raunchy situations to make American Pie look like The Sound of Music. It is debatable if there is anything in Ted as funny as Giovanni Ribisi doing his Donnie Dance or a coke-fueled cameo by Sam Jones, aka Flash (Ahaaaaah, he saved every one of us) Gordon. But, this classic scene establishes Ted and Jon’s friendship and it is definitely the funniest Mark Wahlberg has been acting as if he was high since he stared off into the abyss during the drug deal gone bad in Boogie Nights.


2. Super Troopers, Opening Scene

Meow, if the opening of a movie is crucial for setting the tone of the film and establishing its protagonists, then the opening to Super Troopers should be taught in a Comedy 101 college film course. Meow, if there’s one thing Howard Hawks, Blake Edwards and Woody Allen have in common, it’s that none of them were ever part of the comedy troupe Broken Lizard, who wrote and starred in Super Troopers. The troopers get themselves into a series of cheeky shenanigans. (Did somebody say shenanigans?) as they attempt to foil a meowijuana drug ring and the local cops in the fictional town of Spurberry, Vermont.

Grab your liter of cola meow and enjoy every moment of the opening to Super Troopers as they mess with a couple of college kids getting stoned on a leisurely drive to Canada.


1. The Big Lebowski, “She kidnapped herself”

In the parlance of our times, labeling The Dude as simply a stoner is like saying Gandhi was just an Indian guy who looked amazing in a robe. Sure, he’s a stoner, but he’s also a pacifist, an avid White Russian Enthusiast, a huge Creedence fan, a lover of all things bowling, the author of The Port Huron Statement (the original Port Huron Statement) and of course someone who has perfected the art of dabbling in “a little of this and a little of that.” This quintessential “Dude” scene builds to a crescendo of hilarity as Jeff Bridges, aka, The Dude, feverishly tries to explain to Jeffrey Lebowski and his trusted confidant Brandt (played with subtle awesomeness by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman) that “new sh*t has come to light” in Bunny’s kidnapping.

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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