Top 5 Stoner Films for Isolation

Isolation has meant a lot of time indoors, giving online streaming services a bollocking. What are the best films to watch blazed on the couch? Read on to find out.

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The Covid pandemic has changed life as we know it. Entire cities has all but closed down and the majority of the general public is kept indoors. Although businesses have altered ways of working – including Zoom meetings, online collaboration and zero-contact selling, we find ourselves in a time where we're allowed to chill for far more hours than usual.

Cannabis sales have shot up across the US, with Michigan reporting a 57% increase in sales since isolation began, and many other legalized states topping 50% increases.

If you're at home with some ounces and hours on your hands, check out some of the best films for your stoned self.

Don't have the attention span? Check out our list of TV shows here.

1. Pineapple Express

Absolutely iconic. A reasonably useless Seth Rogan has to team up with his weed dealer after witnessing a murder. Dodgy cops and hitmen are after the pair who seem fairly off their face for most of the movie.

This film has a strong understanding of stoner comedy and weaves really dumb jokes into a reasonably advanced plot, with interest-keeping action scenes moving the plot forward. It's not as random a film as something like Harold & Kumar go to White Castle, and that makes it more interesting to watch.

The 'Apex of the Vortex' cross-style joint was rolled by Seth Rogan himself – as were almost all of the joints on set. Apparently he and co-writer Evan Goldberg were the only ones who could roll properly!

Find it on Netflix or Amazon Prime.

2. Tropic Thunder

Easy Laughs? Check. Simple to follow plot? Check. Relatable characters? Eh, if you're not relating to Robert Downey Jr's mismatched sense of self by now, you're doing isolation wrong.

Tropic Thunder is a delightfully meta tale – a group of actors are dropped into the jungle on a Hawaiian island by their frustrated director and they struggle with the blurred lines between reality and film. They have to rely on their acting instincts to survive.

The film's release was paired with an extensive marketing campaign including fake websites for the leading characters and a small run of the fictional energy drink in the film 'Booty Juice'.

Find it on Netflix.

3. Step Brothers

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are unstoppable as Brennan and Dale in one of the most quotable comedies of the last 15 years. When their parents start dating, these 30-something manchildren have to learn to share their doting parents and their precious things.

The sheer stupidity of adult men acting like children is incredibly hilarious, made all the better by their one liners. 'So much room for activities' and 'It's not enough, Dad!'

There's also a nice little message in there about family love and standing by one another which is portrayed at the Catalina Wine Mixer.

Find it on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

4. The Big Lebowski

The classic case of mistaken identity. The Coen Brothers' cult film follows Jeffery 'The Dude' Lebowski and his being caught up in a hostage/ransom situation. The Dude is not the Lebowski the kidnappers were looking for, but he keeps getting dragged futher down the rabbit hole.

Although it wasn't received well on release, it has since been accepted into the National Film Registry in the US for being culturally significant. The eccentric characters, idiosyncratic dialogue and eclectic soundtrack have placed this film firmly on this list.

Pour yourself a White Russian, grab your most comfortable robe and relax.

Find it on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

5. Dazed and Confused

It's the last day of high school and time to let loose. Dazed and Confused follows a group of teenagers as they drink, smoke and party their way into adulthood.

In a way, nothing at all happens for the entire film. In their final afternoon, the seniors teach their junior counterparts a lesson, before organising beer pickups for the evening's festivities.

This is a great watch to relive your high school glory years and escape from the realities of adulthood for a short time.

For those of you playing at home, it's also the birthplace of the McConaughey meme.

Find it on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

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Laura Desmond
Laura Desmond

Laura Desmond is an Adelaide-based writer with a keen interest in the arts, gender politics and social change. She is currently working to obtain a Master in Writing through Swinburne University.

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