Even before marijuana became acceptable because of the numerous legalization efforts all over the world, movies have already played a huge part in propagating the stoner lifestyle. In fact, Huffington Post has come up with a list of the 10 greatest stoners on movie history that you might want to watch during your free time:
- Captain America aka Wyatt and Billy (Easy Rider)
Easy Rider cemented stonerism as an important component of counterculture, easily driven home by the classic scene where Wyatt and Billy got country lawyer George Hanson high for the first time.
- Ivan Martin (The Harder They Come)
Thanks to this movie, reggae music and culture entered the American consciousness. Epic amounts of ganja were featured in the film as it deals with Rastafarian culture and people.
- Professor Jennings and Pinto (Animal House)
You can count Pinto’s monologue about universes inside fingernails as one of the stoniest and most authentic pseudo-intellectual monologues ever delivered. And Professor Jennings’ amused demeanor all throughout just takes the cake.
- Cheech and Chong (Up in Smoke)
Cheech and Chong popularized stoner humor and culture during the 1970s with “Up in Smoke,” where the boys unknowingly drove a van made of weed from Los Angeles to Mexico. It was definitely one of the funniest depictions of stoner lifestyle.
- Carl Spackler (Caddyshack)
Carl Spackler might perhaps be cinema’s most memorable oddballs, making his own strain of weed and explaining to Ty Webb, “This is a hybrid. This is a cross, ah, of Bluegrass, Kentucky Bluegrass, Featherbed Bent, and Northern California Sinsemilla.” Amazingly, this classic scene between Carl and Ty was improvised.
- Jeff Spicoli (Fast Times at Ridgemont High)
Sean Penn’s role as surfer/stoner Jeff Spicoli not only made him a star, but also established the fact that stoners from the ’80s are different from their predecessors. Instead of rebellion, it was all about hedonism. In fact, Spicoli’s motto of “All I need are tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I’m fine,” became the mantra of kids from this era.
- Elias (Platoon)
Though there’s nothing fun about the Vietnam War and this movie based off of it, one character who clearly made his mark in this film is Sgt. Elias played by Willem Dafoe. He was the leader of the progressive rock and roll loving stoners—a stark opposition to the ultra-right wing boozers led by Sgt. Barnes.
- Floyd (True Romance)
Though only a supporting character, Brad Pitt’s Floyd stole the scene as the stoner roommate of Dick Ritchie. His passive stonerism was the only thing that saved him from the ruthless mafia hitmen.
- The Dude (The Big Lebowski)
The Dude is the prototypical ’60s kid who suddenly found himself in the middle of the ’90s. When he isn’t drinking his White Russian cocktails, he’s smoking some pot in this brilliant 1998 satire.
- Hunter S. Thompson (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)
No other film and character captures the essence of marijuana better than Johnny Depp’s Hunter S. Thompson, whose unique brand of mad brilliance defies any description. This is certainly a psychedelic masterpiece.
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