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‘Dazed and Confused’ is Probably the Best Stoner Movie of All Time

By Kate Hudson | Film | April 20, 2020 |

By Kate Hudson | Film | April 20, 2020 |


Look, I’m not above cheap ploys when it comes time to writing up a post, and as you probably know, today is 4/20, man. Which means we’re gonna talk stoner movies because it’s one of my favorite subcategories of movies. In fact, Dazed and Confused was 14-year-old Kate’s favorite movie, even though it would be years before she even encountered the smell of pot. I’m getting ahead of myself, though—because we’re here today to talk about which movie is the best stoner movie, and as you can see, I’ve already put my stake in the ground.

Now, yes, I’m sure you’re going to regale me with stories about how you did an edible and Steel Magnolias blew your mind (which, please share your specific stories in the comments below because that sounds fun) and how any movie can be a stoner movie if you get high enough—sure, in theory I agree. However, there is a specific subcategory of movies that are “Stoner Movies” where cannabis plays a central part, and the plot is thin-to-nonexistent because central conflict is for sober suckers!

Y’all—I get that central conflict is kind of the cornerstone that the vast majority of all plots revolve around, but I am not really a fan. It stresses me out, which is why I love Stoner Movies. They meander. They don’t have a point, and they rarely have central conflict or any kind of high-stakes situations. If they do, they are mild, and the real point of the movie is to walk around, maybe point things out, but in general, to just hang out. Which is why I love Stoner Movies. What is the Big Lebowski about? I have no idea, but it’s funny and I love to scream at people that “you’re out of your element, Donny!”

Do you know how Half Baked ends? No? Me neither—but it’s funny as hell, too! This scene makes me LOL every time!

I distinctly remember seeing Cheech and Chong Up in Smoke at a revival movie theater when I was in high school and it made no sense, which means I loved it. Have you seen How High?! I have! It’s great! If I recall they grind up and smoke the remains of dead presidents because in stoner movies, logic is not needed.

Which leads me to (in my opinion) the best of the best—Dazed and Confused. What’s it about? Nothing, really. There’s a party, a great soundtrack, some memorable characters, but all in all, it’s very low stress to watch. There’s no central conflict. There’s no miscommunication. There’s nothing at all, and yet, it has everything. By that I mean, it has super stoned teenagers hanging out on the last day of school, living their best life, and not really worrying about anything else. Doesn’t that sound great?! We both know the answer to that—of course it does!

Look, in the true spirit of stoner movies I’m going to admit that whatever you believe to be the best stoner movie, I’m sure it is. Because the thing about stoner movies is—they’re mellow. Everyone gets their own opinion, and, like—it’s all good, man.

Anyway, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Here’s some bonus Afroman for you on this fine 4/20:

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