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10 Stoner Comedies We Can’t Stop Watching

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It seems bizarre that marijuana has only recently gained some acceptance in this country of ours. For most of our lives it’s been illegal, the purview of teenage drug dealers with crappy mustaches, and yet in just the last few years states have started legalizing it, and making some serious bank as a result. One assumes we’re not far off from a Starbucks-like franchise, filled with all your favorite kind buds. The weird thing is, going off of movies, you never would have known weed was somehow frowned upon. Sure, it may have been illegal, but pot has inspired countless comedies that took it about as seriously as a pie to the face. For the young stoners of the last few decades, that must have been a welcome relief, to see their red-eyed doppelgangers up on the big screen. Or maybe they didn’t even notice. They were stoned, after all. Here are just a few of our favorite stoner comedies, which always give a giggle fit, whether we’re high or just high on life.

10. Smiley Face

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Gregg Araki’s Smiley Face may not be the most famous stoner comedy, but it just might be the most silly. The premise is simple: Anna Farris, who always seems a bit baked to begin with, accidentally consumes her roommate’s pot cupcakes, right before setting off on an incredibly busy day. With a murderer’s row of cameos from the likes of Brian Posehn and Danny Trejo popping up, there’s always something to keep your attention, but the real star of the show is Ms. Farris. Whether she’s devouring Sun Chips or fighting to save her pricey mattress, the Scary Movie star is a natural when it comes to playing high off her behind. There isn’t much to this trifle of a movie, but then again, have you ever tried watching it…on weed?!


9. How High

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From Animal House to Legally Blonde, you can’t go wrong throwing a bunch of slobs and dummies onto a college campus and letting them tear it up. How High is rap icons Method Man and Redman’s spin on the genre, going full Cheech and Chong in this fried fish out of water comedy. Let’s be clear, this movie isn’t just dumb; it is gleefully stupid in the best possible sense. The premise involves a type of weed that summons a ghost, who helps the East Coast rappers cheat on their THCs, a version of the SATs. (THCS! Get it????) This leads our stoned protagonists to enroll at Harvard, and proceed to turn the school upside-down. Whether they’re getting barnyard animals blotto’d, helping dorky classmates learn how to party, or driving the school’s administration batty, these Wu Tang alums take a tired formula and reinvent it with their lowbrow charm. If you’re a fan of college comedies, hip-hop or just getting toasted, there’s something for the stoner in all of us here.


8. Pineapple Express

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James Franco and Seth Rogen got their start playing stoner friends on the much beloved sitcom Freaks and Geeks. Judging by this movie, they really took their roles to heart. Reunited in a movie co-written by Rogen, the two play burnouts on the run after witnessing a murder. Sort of like a Midnight Run for the medical marijuana generation, the two movie stars have no trouble playing blazed. They must just be really good at acting, right?


7. Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle

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With a premise that any stoner can relate to, Harold and Kumar launched a franchise by getting a wicked case of the munchies. Any trip to the store can feel like an adventure after smoking a spliff, but for these two stoners, the adventure was real, compete with a Freakshow foursome, a baked cheetah, and a psychotic Neil Patrick Harris. With the best product placement of all time, this movie makes us crave a joint and a burger every time we watch it.


6. Fast Times at Ridgemont High

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Everyone was getting stoned or laid in Fast Times at Ridegemont High, THE classic high school comedy of the ’80s. Still, for our money, if we’re talking potheads, there’s only one character worth mentioning. Jeff Spicoli was the stoner we wanted to be when we grow up. Living life like a waking dream, Spicoli knew that pizza cravings wait for no man. That’s why he had one delivered in the middle of class. Sean Penn would never again play such a comedic character, but his riff on the ultimate ’80s burnout was an all-timer, helping propel a generation of kids to take a toke. All Spicoli needed were some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and he was fine. That is called living the dream.


5. Half Baked

Half Baked

Before Dave Chappelle fled to Africa, before he became a household name, before he created one of the most influential sketch shows of the 21st century, he was the brains behind this cult comedy, about a group of dopey friends who decided to sell weed to raise some cash for their friend’s bail. A Day-Glo colored walk through the mid-’90s marijuana scene, Chappelle and company created a real love letter to getting high.


4. Up in Smoke

Up in Smoke

Before there was Seth Rogen and Dave Chappelle, there were Cheech and Chong, the granddaddies of counter culture cannabis comedy. From their humble roots on the stages of Southern California, the duo parlayed their cult status into a feature film, 1978’s Up In Smoke. No one had ever seen anything like it. A riff on Abbot and Costello, if they were stoned doofuses, the comedy duo tapped into a burgeoning vein in the American psyche and rode it to superstardom. Up In Smoke is the first, best glimpse at what the two could do with a film budget and some kind bud.


3. Dazed and Confused

Dazed and Confused

For teenagers in the ’90s, there was no better example of the life they were living than this ode to the teenagers of a different era. Nostalgia aside, this Richard Linklater classic nailed the trials and tribulations of growing up. With a diverse cast of burnouts and weirdoes, Dazed and Confused showed a real world, full of sexual longing, extreme neurosis, and lots and lots of weed. Everyone knew a kid like Slater, the good-natured stoner who got along with everyone and was going nowhere. Hell, most of us bought our weed from him.


2. Friday

Friday

Like a bookend to Ice Cube’s Boyz n the Hood, this comedy riff on getting high in the hood was a smash when it came out in 1995, and is largely responsible for introducing the world to Chris Tucker (for better or worse). Director F. Gary Gray had worked with Cube before, directing the video for “It Was A Good Day.” This reunion sees them explore another good day in the hood, where two friends go on a mad dash for money, ladies and a good buzz.


1. The Big Lebowski

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Our favorite stoner character of all time, although granted, that’s just like our opinion, man. Jeff “the Dude” Lebowski is not having a good day, but that doesn’t mean he can’t keep his buzz going, and just try to roll with the punches. (Sometimes literally.) Whether he’s getting tossed out of Malibu, attacked by nihilists or hallucinating the best bowling game ever, as long as Donny would shut up, there isn’t a day we’d rather spend with him.

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Adulting Like You Mean It

Commuters makes its debut on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Jared Warner, Nick Ciavarella, and Tim Dean were once a part of Murderfist, a group of comedy writers, actors, producers, parents, and reluctant adults. Together with InstaMiniSeries’s Nikki Borges, they’re making their IFC Comedy Crib debut with the refreshingly-honest and joyfully-hilarious Commuters. The webseries follows thirtysomethings Harris and Olivia as they brave the waters of true adulthood, and it’s right on point.

Jared, Nick, Nikki and Tim were kind enough to answer a few questions about Commuters for us. Here’s a snippet of that conversation…

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IFC: How would you describe Commuters to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Nick: Two 30-somethings leave the Brooklyn life behind, and move to the New Jersey suburbs in a forced attempt to “grow up.” But they soon find out they’ve got a long way to go to get to where they want to be.

IFC: How would you describe Commuters to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jared: It’s a show about how f*cking stupid people who think they are smart can be.

IFC: What’s your origin story? When did you all meet and how long have you been working together?

Jared: Nick, Tim, and I were all in the sketch group Murderfist since, what, like 2004? God. Anyway, Tim and Nick left the group to pursue other frivolous things, like children and careers, but we all enjoyed writing together and kept at it. We were always more interested in storytelling than sketch comedy lends itself to, which led to our webseries Jared Posts A Personal. That was a show about being in your 20s and embracing the chaos of being young in the city. Commuters is the counterpoint, i guess. Our director Adam worked at Borders (~THE PAST!!~) with Tim, came out to a Murderfist show once, and we’ve kept him imprisoned ever since.

IFC: What was the genesis of Commuters?

Tim: Jared had an idea for a series about the more realistic, less romantic aspects of being in a serious relationship.  I moved out of the city to the suburbs and Nick got engaged out in LA.   We sort of combined all of those facets and Commuters was the end result.

IFC: How would Harris describe Olivia?

Jared: Olivia is the smartest, coolest, hottest person in the world, and Harris can’t believe he gets to be with her, even though she does overreact to everything and has no chill. Like seriously, ease up. It doesn’t always have to be ‘a thing.’

IFC: How would Olivia describe Harris?

Nikki:  Harris is smart, confident with a dry sense of humor but he’s also kind of a major chicken shit…. Kind of like if Han Solo and Barney Rubble had a baby.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Nikki:  I think this is the most accurate portrayal of what a modern relationship looks like. Expectations for what your life is ‘supposed to look like’ are confusing and often a let down but when you’re married to your best friend, it’s going to be ok because you will always find a way to make each other laugh.

IFC: Is the exciting life of NYC twentysomethings a sweet dream from which we all must awake, or is it a nightmare that we don’t realize is happening until it’s over?

Tim: Now that i’ve spent time living in the suburbs, helping to raise a two year old, y’all city folk have no fucking clue how great you’ve got it.

Nikki: I think of it similar to how I think about college. There’s a time and age for it to be glorious but no one wants to hang out with that 7th year senior. Luckily, NYC is so multifaceted that you can still have an exciting life here but it doesn’t have to be just what the twentysomethings are doing (thank god).

Jared: New York City is a garbage fire.

See the whole season of Commuters right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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A Man Mansplains To Men

Why Baroness von Sketch Show is a must-see.

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Mansplaining is when a man takes it upon himself to explain something to a woman that she already knows. It happens a lot, but it’s not going to happen here. Ladies, go ahead and skip to the end of this post to watch a free episode of IFC’s latest addition, Baroness von Sketch Show.

However, if you’re a man, you might actually benefit from a good mansplanation. So take a knee, lean in, and absorb the following wisdom.

No Dicks

Baroness von Sketch Show is made entirely by women, therefore this show isn’t focused on men. Can you believe it? I know what you’re thinking: how will we know when to laugh if the jokes aren’t viewed through the dusty lens of the patriarchy? Where are the thinly veiled penis jokes? Am I a bad person? In order: you will, nowhere, and yes.

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Huge Balls

Did you know that there’s more to life than poop jokes, sex jokes, body part jokes? I mean, those things are all really good things, natch, and totally edgy. But Baroness von Sketch Show does something even edgier. It holds up a brutal funhouse mirror to our everyday life. This is a bulls**t world we made, fellas.

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Oh Canada

After you watch the Canadian powerhouses of Baroness von Sketch Show and think to yourself “Dear god, this is so real” and “I’ve gotta talk about this,” do yourself a favor and think a-boot your options: Refrain from sharing your sage wisdom with any woman anywhere (believe us, she gets it). Instead, tell a fellow bro and get the mansplaining out of your system while also spreading the word about a great show.

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Dudes, that’s the deal.
Women, start reading again here:


Check out the preview episode of Baroness von Sketch Show and watch the series premiere August 2 on IFC.

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Binge Don’t Cringe

Catch up on episodes of Documentary Now! and Portlandia.

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A brain can only take so much.

Every five minutes, all day, every day, ludicrously stressful headlines push our mental limits as we struggle to adapt to a reality that seems increasingly less real. What’s a mind to do when simple denial just isn’t good enough anymore?

Radical suggestion: repeal and replace. And by that we mean take all the bad news that keeps you up at night, press pause, and substitute it with some genuine (not nervous, for a change) laughter. Here are some of the issues on our mind.

Gender Inequality

Feminist bookstore owners by day, still feminist bookstore owners by night, Toni and Candace show the male gaze who’s boss. Learn about their origin story (SPOILER: there’s an epic dance battle) and see what happens when their own brand of empowerment gets out of hand.

Healthcare

From Candace’s heart attack to the rise of the rawvolution, this Portlandia episode proves that healthcare is vital.

Peaceful Protests

Too many online petitions, too little time? Get WOKE with Fred and Carrie when they learn how to protest.

What Could Have Been

Can’t say the name “Clinton” without bursting into tears? Documentary Now!’s masterfully political “The Bunker” sheds a cozy new light on the house that Bill and Hill built. Just pretend you don’t know how the story really ends.

Fake News

A healthy way to break the high-drama news cycle is to switch over to “Dronez”, which has all the thrills of ubiquitous adventure journalism without any of the customary depression.

The more you watch, the better you feel. So get started on past episodes of Documentary Now! and Portlandia right now at IFC.com and the IFC app.

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