Even people who haven’t tried cannabis know that movies and cannabis are an excellent combination. Cannabis use can relax the user, as well as heighten his or her sensory perception. Noises seem louder and colors become more vivid. During a movie, marijuana may also deepen the user’s feelings of immersion. So, it stands to reason that a good movie during a smoke session would be enjoyable – but which movie should you pick? I’ll give you a few ideas, according to these criteria:
First of all, it has to be funny. Not a comedy, necessarily, but a strong element of humor needs to be present.
Second, I’m not going to put anything too complicated in this article. Some people enjoy films like Interstellar and Inception after they’ve smoked. Personally, I prefer to save anything too mentally taxing for when I’m sober.
Finally, it has to look good. Marijuana makes good visuals look great, so you wouldn’t want to waste it on something that isn’t normally much to look at. Although on the other hand, just being good-looking isn’t enough. (I’m looking at you, Valerian.)
So, without further ado… prepare your glassware, acquire some munchies, and find a place to stream one of these:
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
I have nothing but good things to say about this movie. It has everything I usually look for – some character development, a decent plot, and great humor. Most importantly, it has a truly stunning art style. According to the Wikipedia page, it combines Sony Pictures Imageworks’ computer animations with hand-drawn animation techniques inspired by the work of Sara Pichelli, co-creator of Miles Morales (this movie’s Spider-Man). It took 140 animators to complete the movie, which is the largest crew this studio ever used. An incredible amount of work went into this movie’s visuals, and it shows. It’s well worth a watch.
This one’s a classic, but it deserves a place on the list. Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan are a somewhat strange pair of lead actors, but that’s kind of the point here. Chan plays a strait-laced police inspector from Hong Kong, and Tucker plays a loudmouthed LAPD detective. They cross paths on a case, reluctantly team up, and gradually learn to respect each other. It’s a feel-good action movie with all the acrobatic fight scenes you’d expect from Jackie Chan.
This is one of those stoner-buddy action-slash-comedy movies where through some freak occurrence or plot twist, the unassuming main characters end up battling drug dealers, the police, or (in this case) the CIA. There are many like it, all vying for a space on this list, but Super Ultra just happens to be my favorite. It’s funny, filled with over-the-top action, and also features some rare footage of Kristen Stewart making some actual human facial expressions.
Alright, this one breaks rule 3 – it was shot on a budget of $27,575, in black and white, so it’s not much to look at. Even so, it’s too good not to include. This is a cult classic comedy that takes place almost entirely in a convenience store, over the course of a single day. There’s not a lot going on, but between a love triangle, the antiestablishment musings of a very entertaining
secondary character, and two deaths, the movie never drags. The characters’ views on some aspects of sexuality are occasionally problematic, but it’s nonetheless a very entertaining watch.
The Boondock Saints
This one is pretty straightforward – two Irish Catholic twin brothers living in Boston wake up one night reciting some kind of incantation. They believe God has given them a mission to “rid Boston of evil men.” So, they do what anyone would in that situation – they acquire some weaponry and start killing mobsters left and right. Despite this, the movie maintains a perversely sunny tone for the most part, and has many humorous moments.
Bonus: The Room
If you’re the sort of person who enjoys movies that are “so bad they’re good,” go ahead and move this one to the top of the list (not that they’re really in order). The Room is bizarre in pretty much every way I can think of. The camera work is suboptimal, characters and subplots appear and disappear, and the dialogue is incoherent and disjointed. The main character Johnny (played by Tommy Wiseau, who also wrote and directed the movie) speaks with a garbled accent that is allegedly Eastern European, though it’s difficult to even discern that.
The Room is a great movie to watch after a solid bong hit, when you can sit back, relax, and start asking yourself questions like “what the hell are these people doing?” and “why did I let some writer on the internet talk me into watching this awful movie?” (Seriously, it’s not great… but, anything this bizarre is definitely worth seeing.)
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