World-Class Movie Stoners

With cultural attitudes changing and the long marijuana prohibition almost at an end, what better time to look back and celebrate the (trail) blazers who led the way with their depictions of hilarious stoners in major motion pictures.

Cheech and Chong

Into every generation, a couple of stoners are born.  One pair in all the world to giggle and fight for weed rights for all!  The ’70s brought us the pioneers of puffing the magic dragon, the forefathers of fatty boombalatty, the great Cheech and Chong (Cheech Marin/Tommy Chong).  They taught America that smoking a blunt can lead to good times, not Reefer Madness!

Floyd in True Romance

In a role he was born to play, Brad Pitt brought the funny as a stoner couch-surfer who’s never without his makeshift Clover Honey Bear bong, even when the mob comes calling.

Jay and Silent Bob

Clerks introduced us to Jersey’s favorite drug dealers, Jay and Silent Bob (Jason Mewes/Kevin Smith). These dedicated marijuana activists spread their love of hippie lettuce (and made a few bucks) in front of the Quick Stop, when not thwarting mallcops or engaging Mark Hamill in bongsaber combat!

Ron Slater in Dazed and Confused

Though Matthew McConaughey’s turn as Wooderson became a renowned stoner role, the true pothead star of Dazed and Confused was Rory Cochrane’s Slater. Whether opining on what a hip lady Martha Washington was or toking up on the 50-yard line, he’s the kind of stoner buddy we’d all love to have.

Harold and Kumar

Representing Mary Jane enthusiasts in the ’00s were Harold and Kumar (John Cho/Kal Penn), a pair of Asian-American stoners who went on chronic adventures and had to contend with the insane womanizer, Neil Patrick Harris!

Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High

The prototype for every stoner who followed, Sean Penn’s seminal performance as the burn-out pothead Jeff Spicoli inspired legions of impressionable youth to turn to their teachers and cry out, “You dick!” 

Honorable Mentions:

The Dude (Jeff Bridges) in The Big Lebowski
Thurgood (Dave Chappelle), Brian (Jim Breuer) and Scarface (Guillermo Diaz) in Half Baked 
Saul Silver (James Franco) in Pineapple Express 
Smokey (Chris Tucker) in Friday
Seth Rogen in anything!


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Luis Navarro

Luis Navarro is a token man slave and writer for Comediva.  He is a proud Valley Boy ("Fer sure") and martial artist.  He earned a Master's Degree in Counseling and is an ordained online minister!  He also boasts an encyclopedic knowledge of the Star Wars Expanded Universe and post-1970s movie trivia.  He is secure enough in his masculinity to admit a fondness for unicorns.

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