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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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Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…