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Stoner Films

edited December 2010 in Movie Discussion


Stoner films are a minor subgenre in the world of exploitation films. These movies revolve around the use of marijuana. Usually, such movies show cannabis use in a humorous and positive light, but there are a few that focus of the negatives. Smoking weed is one of the main themes, and tends to inspire most of the plot.

Here’s a couple stoner films:

Reefer Madness (1936): Also known as Tell Your Children, this is one of the few negative stoner films. An exploitation film funded by a church, the story revolved around the tragic events that ensue when high school students are lured by pushers to try “marihuana.” The suffer a hit and run accident, manslaughter, suicide, attempted rape, and descent into madness.

Up in Smoke (1978): A classic Cheech and Chong stoner flick. This one was about two pot heads who unknowingly smuggle a van – made entirely of marijuana – from Mexico to L.A., with Sgt. Stedenko on their trail.

How High (2001): About two guys named Silas and Jamal who one day smoke something magical, which helps them to ace their college entrance exam. This then lands them in Harvard, where they’re surrounded by the world of Ivy Leaguers. Although their new lifestyle is much different than it was back home, they keep on having fun until their supernatural smoke runs out. Now, they are on their own and an have nothing but themselves to get by.
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