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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Anthony Michael Hall’s Most Rotten Movies

Catch Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science on Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Anthony Michael Hall was the quintessential ’80s nerd. We love him in classics like The Breakfast Club and National Lampoon’s Vacation. But even the brainiest among us has his weak spots. In honor of Weird Science airing this Rotten Friday, we analyze Hall’s worst movies.

Weird Science (1985) 56%

A low point for John Hughes, Weird Science is way too wacky for its own good. Anthony Michael Hall’s Gary and his pal Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) create the “perfect woman.” Supernatural chaos ensues. The film costars a young Bill Paxton, floppy disks, and a general disconnect from all reality.

The Caveman’s Valentine (2001) 46%

This ambitious drama starring Samuel L. Jackson couldn’t live up to its rich premise. Jackson plays Romulus, a Juilliard-educated, paranoid schizophrenic who lives in a cave. Hall co-stars as Bob, a rich man, who wants to see Romulus play the piano. The plot centers around Romulus investigating a murder, but with so much going on, the movie never quite finds its rhythm.

All About the Benjamins (2002) 30%

Ice Cube plays a bounty hunter who teams up with Mike Epps’ con man to catch diamond thieves. Hall plays Lil J, a small-time drug dealer. It’s definitely a role we’ve never seen Hall in, but overall the movie isn’t funny or original enough to justify its violence.

Freddy Got Fingered (2001) 11%

This showcase for Tom Green’s goofy gross-out comedy is often hailed as one of the worst films of all time. Green plays Gord, a 20-something slacker, who dreams of having his own animated series. Hall is Dave Davidson, a CEO of an animation studio who eventually helps Gord find success. Too bad Tom Green wasn’t so lucky.

Johnny Be Good (1988) 0%

Hall plays against type as Johnny Walker, a star quarterback. Robert Downey Jr. is his best friend and Uma Thurman plays his devoted girlfriend. Despite the support of a future A-list cast, the movie lacks central conflict and charm. Or, as TV Guide put it, “Johnny be worthless.” Ouch.

Catch the “Too Rotten to Miss” Weird Science this Friday at 8P on IFC.

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The perfect addition to your locally-sourced, artisanal DVD collection.

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End of summer got you feeling like:

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Ease into fall with Portlandia‘s sixth season. Relive the latest exploits of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s cast of characters, including Doug and Claire’s poignant breakup, Lance’s foray into intellectual society, and the terrifying rampage of a tsukemen Noodle Monster! Plus, guest stars The Flaming Lips, Glenn Danzig, Louis C.K., Kevin Corrigan, Zoë Kravitz, and more stop by to experience what Portlandia is all about.

Pick up a copy of the DVD today, or watch full episodes and series extras now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Film That Inspired “Final Transmission”

Documentary Now! pays tribute to "Stop Making Sense" this Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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This week Documentary Now! is with the band. For everyone who’s ever wanted to be a roadie without leaving the couch, “Final Transmission” pulls back the curtain on experimental rock group Test Pattern’s final concert. Before you tune in Wednesday at 10P on IFC, plug your amp into this guide for Stop Making Sense, the acclaimed 1984 Talking Heads concert documentary.

Put on Your Dancing Shoes

Hailed as one of the best concert films ever created, director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) captured the energy and eccentricities of a band known for pushing the limits of music and performance.

Make an Entrance

Lead singer David Byrne treats the concert like a story: He enters an empty stage with a boom box and sings the first song on the setlist solo, then welcomes the other members of the group to the stage one song at a time.

Steal the Spotlight

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Always a physical performer, Byrne infuses the stage and the film with contagious joy — jogging in place, dancing with lamps, and generally carrying the show’s high energy on his shoulders.

Suit Yourself

Byrne makes a splash in his “big suit,” a boxy business suit that grows with each song until he looks like a boy who raided his father’s closet. Don’t overthink it; on the DVD, the singer explains, “Music is very physical, and often the body understands it before the head.”

View from the Front Row

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Demme (who also helmed 1987’s Swimming to Cambodia, the inspiration for this season’s Documentary Now! episode “Parker Gail’s Location is Everything”) films the show by putting viewers in the audience’s shoes. The camera rarely shows the crowd and never cuts to interviews or talking heads — except the ones onstage.

Let’s Get Digital

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Stop Making Sense isn’t just a good time — it’s also the first rock movie to be recorded entirely using digital audio techniques. The sound holds up more than 30 years later.

Out of Pocket

Talk about investing in your art: Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz told Rolling Stone that the members of the band “basically put [their] life savings” into the movie, and they didn’t regret it.

Catch Documentary Now!’s tribute to Stop Making Sense when “Final Transmission” premieres Wednesday, October 12 at 10P on IFC.

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