10 Classic Stoner Buddy Flicks

There are a lot of stoner movies out there that make weed the focus of the plot. But this list is about 10 classic movies to get high while watching. While a couple entries do make that sticky-icky purp the main focus, by all means most of these titles are just great to take a drag to. These films are in no particular order, but they are all certainly top-shelf. And all of the entries on this list have some sort of pairing up of two buddies.

Matrix

“We need guns, lots of guns.”

There is no movie more easily accessible, fun, and heady as The Matrix. Almost every beat in this film is perfect for discussing over a joint. Are we in a simulation? Do you really want to know? Would you give up smoking herb to be programmed to be a martial arts master, even if it was all virtual in the first place? These are all great questions to share over a blunt. Neo and Morpheus make a killer squad too.

The Big Lebowski

“The Dude abides.”

The Dude is such a penultimate archetype for stoners to aspire to that leaving him off this list would be doing a disservice to smokers everywhere. The robe wearing, White Russian drinking, carpet loving protagonist slides his way through life in such a relaxed manner that you can only envy the way he does it. The story unravels and leads you into rabbit holes making it perfect for a lazy smoke sesh. The Dude and Walter are another great duo!

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

“It’s just a flesh wound.”

“Pure Comic Genius” doesn’t do this one justice. The Holy Grail is rolled full of wacky high-jinks, from hilarious characters to ridiculous sets and props. The characters constantly find themselves stuck in absurd situations, from fighting a monstrous bunny rabbit with the holy hand grenade, dismembering an immortal knight who is constantly full of backtalk, and our merry troupe drawing the line at Camelot because ‘it just a little too weird.’ Your mother is a hamster and your father smells like OG Kush. Maybe smoke some of that while you give this one a watch. And while there is not one particular duo, the team is oft broken in to groups of two.

Airplane!

“I am serious, and don’t call me Surely.”

As the cover implies, this is one twisted airplane ride. So twist one up and watch this down to the filter. Airplane is absurdism at its best, never leaving a beat without a joke of some kind. The writers were really masters of wordplay, transforming turns of phrase into hilarious and chaotic skits. Some of the jokes from this movie have sat with my since my childhood. A woman plays the guitar to try and give a sick child some cheer, but as she rocks out to the song she plucks the IV chords from the girl’s arm. The inflight meal is what builds the movie’s tension, causing the entire plane to fall ill, unless you ordered the steak or the lasagna. And the main character has a drinking problem, as he spills his drink every time he tries to take a sip. Ted Striker and Elaine make a hilarious pairing.

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

“Be excellent to each other.”

“Party on dudes!”

Another Keanu Classic. Bill & Ted hit the perfect mix of sci-fi and rock. The variety of chaos this duo gets into is mind boggling as they travel through time to build the best class presentation they could cobble together. As the duo rocks through history they collect figures such as Napoleon, Abraham Lincoln, Joan of Arc, and many more. As they build their A-Team the pair faces new problems that they fix with the power of rock and roll, Wyld Stallyns rock on! I don’t even need to say it, but Bill and Ted are definitely a great pair.

Super Troopers

“I swear to god I’m going to pistol whip the next person who says Shenanigans.”

From the first scene you know this movie is stoner gold. We begin the story with a man stuffing a bag of mushrooms down his throat because he’s about to be pulled over. From chugging bottles of syrup to bulletproof thongs, this movie never misses a beat with its slapstick comedy. Farva is a character you love to hate and is constantly making life harder for himself. From corrupt cops to state patrol with too much time on their hands, this film is perfect for smoking to, hey it’s legal. There’s two different buddy duos, and Farva is on his own.

Tenacious D in: the Pick of Destiny

“Now our masterpiece will never happen because we won’t be fueled by Satan.”

One of the only musicals I can sit through, Tenacious D is chock full of hilarious songs and stoner troubles. The film follows JB and KG as they quest to become the most awesome rock band, and they can only do that if they find a satanic guitar pick, “The Pick of Destiny.” If your aim is true you may end up with a Satanic bong too, through which you can channel the powers of Satan to get your creative juices flowing. Whoever knew Dave Grohl would make such a good Satan? Tenacious D puts the D in Dank, so roll some up and burn through it while you watch this rocking classic.

The Blues Brothers

“There’s 106 miles to Chicago, we’ve got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark out, and we’re wearing sunglasses.”

John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd dance and sing their way through an absurd and chaotic movie full of slapstick comedy and over the top mischief. The suit and black-glasses clad pair find themselves in and out of trouble all while keeping their hats on their heads. This 133 minutes of madness is a perfect watch for someone with good weed and a short attention span. It almost makes me want to go to church.

Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke

“You mean we’re smokin’ dogshit?”

“Gets you high, don’t it?”

Tommy Chong is on the run and bumps into Cheech. The pair clicks and begin a series of sordid adventures fueled by copious amounts of pot. Some real dogshit stuff. It’s nonstop jokes and run-ins with the police. If you haven’t watched this movie make sure you’re stoned when you do, because that what it was made for. This film was instrumental in the birth of the genre we know as stoner flicks, so give it some love.

Friday

“I know ya don’t smoke weed, I know this. But I’m gonna get you high today cause it’s Friday, you ain’t got no job and you ain’t got shit to do.”

Our last duo, Ice Cube and Chris Tucker make for a hilarious pairing. Spending most of the movie on the front porch, the pair gets into over the top messes. Rent is due, Ice Cube just got fired from his job, and Chirs Tucker owes money to his dealer. We’ve all been there once in our lives. Maybe not all on the same day though. How this pair manages to pull it off is incredible and a great to flick to watch with a bong and buddy.

Better Know a Stoner Song – Ganja Babe by Michael Franti


From Soul to Reggae, from Spoken-word hyper political works to catchy pop, Michael Franti has his toes in a lot of different tastes. You might know him best from his song “Say Hey.” But what I know him best from is cannaballad, “Ganja Babe.”

Franti was born in Oakland, California 1966 to a mixed couple. His mother put him up for adoption because she feared her child would never be accepted by her racist family. He was adopted by a couple in Oakland who had four kids, three biological and one adopted. He started writing in 9th grade, and quickly picked up poetry as a lifelong art. Franti picked up music after he purchased a bass from a local pawnshop, taking influence from reggae, punk, and hip-hop.

He started a band in 1986, the Beatnigs, stylized after industrial spoken-word. The band released an album Television that garnered a bit of attention but struggled to break out of the city.

His next move was to form the band The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, a collaboration with Ron Tse, Charlie Hunter, Mark Pistel, and Jack Dangers. They put out an album with Island Records titled Hypocrisy is the Greatest Luxury. After this signing they eventually opened for U2. The band was very political and championed anti-war messages, took shots at Exxon Mobile, the role of television in our daily lives, homophobia and misogyny, and many other progressive takes. The album even made appearances in a few academic articles. One called Franti’s work, a song that, “promoted treating women fairly in relationships an exception” to the misogyny that pervades mainstream hip-hop.

Franti formed a new band in 1994, Spearhead. The band pushed Franti away from the more politically charged music he made prior, moving into music inspired by Funk and Soul. After two releases the band split with Capitol records, and formed their own label, Boo Boo Wax. Their song “Sometimes” was featured in the movie Mystery Men, their cover of “Roxanne” made an appearance in the movie Good Burger.

Franti moved back to his political roots with the release of their album Stay Human. They covered subjects such as the prison industrial-complex, media monopolization, and corporate globalization.

In 2003 Franti released an album Songs from the Front Porch, primarily acoustic renditions of old works, and a few new songs. This is where today’s Stoner Song to Know comes from. Ganja Babe is a lyrical drag of some top-shelf vibes. I first heard it featured on the TV show “Weeds” (which ran about 6 seasons too long.). Its got a bit of everything that makes Franti lovable: Funk, Reggae, proactive and smooth flowing lyrics, and a fantastic whistling intro. Give it a listen while you are taking a toke!

One Sentence Weed Reviews (OWSR): Maitai Gushers by Red Bird

Red Bird’s Maitai Gushers

Strain (Chemovar): Maitai Gushers
Disposition: Hybrid
Farm: Red Bird
Price point: 3.5g – $45
Currently not available in Tacoma. (as of 06/02/21)

Maitai Gushers is bomb, and this bud looks like a Christmas tree!!

-Debra (House of Cannabis Tonasket – Budtender)

Meet & Greet with Tommy Chong at House of Cannabis – Tacoma

21+ to enter. No purchase necessary. You’ve just gotta swing by the store to enter.

At least 25 fans are being invited to a private location for a meet and greet with the legendary Tommy Chong, coordinated by our friends and partners at Level 5 Interactive! Enter by July 2nd, in store, and you could spend a few minutes chatting and getting your selfie with the LEGENDARY Tommy Chong on July 13th.

Meet & Greet Details:

Only one entry per person will be submitted to the sweepstakes. You must visit the store to enter. No purchase is necessary. You must be 21+ to walk in the front door, to enter. Sorry, kiddos. Date: 07/13/2021. Time: ~ 2:00PM. Location: To Be Announced to the winners of the sweepstakes.

What can you expect?
A FEW minutes with Tommy Chong in a small group of 4 or 5 people. The opportunity for some chit-chat. TOMMY CHONG! Bring your merch for signing. House of Cannabis will have BRAND NEW sharpies on hand for Tommy to sign with in the following colors: Black, Blue, Bronze, Silver, Gold.

Come on in and get an entry filled out to meet Tommy Chong!

Oh yeah…. This stoner song was written by Tommy Chong.

I got a joint, man….

Better Know a Stoner Song – Linear High by Rick Bain & The Genius Position

You’ve almost certainly never heard of Rick Bain & The Genius Position. It’s not your fault. Let’s blame mass music marketing tactics, and the decline of the record label. I’m going to cover some Bain territory before arriving at the song at the bottom of this post.

Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Rick Bain isn’t much for consistency in releasing albums (2000, 2004, 2020) or touring. Perhaps it’s just that Mr. Bain requires that much time to build the sonic profile that nests between your ears, and plays on repeat to your brain for days at a time. Perhaps Mr. Bain just releases an album when he wants to intensify his experience of this planet. I know not, but I do know this is Rock & Roll, and that I like it. Here are a couple of things that I have observed (probably incorrectly on a few) about Rick Bain, from afar, over the last two decades:

  • Rick Bain looks like he’d grow some killer weed, and he makes damn fine neo-psychedelic rock, so I’m loosely connecting the two.
  • Rick Bain isn’t much for chatting. (see pic ->)
  • Rick Bain plays somewhere around 3 shows per year in Portland. Go.
  • Rick Bain has the best photo shoots.
  • Rick Bain mysteriously released one album as just Rick Bain (2004), making me wonder if he was trying out new positions. Why would you break from Genius?
  • Rick Bain got his start and some significant buzz when he thoughtfully rearranged and recorded his version of The Beach Boy’s “Pet Sounds” on a 4 track recorder in 1997.
  • Rick Bain writes super tongue-in-cheek lyrics that still make you re-evaluate life choices & lost loves.
Rick Bain & The Genius Position’s first album. 5 fucking stars, man.

Rick Bain & The Genius Position released their first full length studio effort in 2000, entitled ‘Crooked Autumn Sun‘, and is as turbulent as the album cover (pictured, left).

Virtual Heavy Pet was the 2004 follow up, spawning singles in my mind such as “Black Apple Orchard”, and “Comin’ Round”, which tallied what seems a million plays each, in my mind, and certainly several dozen on Spotify. (To be clear, I generally buy physical CDs if I see the band, and definitely any modern high quality vinyl output.)

Fucking off when you were 25 was fun, but Rick Bain’s music from that time peroid makes many regret their wasted time.

Fast forward to late 2019, and Rick Bain mysteriously drops a live album, followed quickly by “Keep It Glowing”, which features several amazing tracks ready for release in Wonderland, where they are likely to go bonkers with radio play due to relevance, cheekiness, and odd, yet beautifully melodic chord pairings.

I highly encourage checking each recording out in due time.

In the meantime, please check out the track “Linear High”, just below the sample of lyrics I’ve included. It’s pretty amazing, and it’s the cut that drew me in to Rick Bain & The Genius Position. Enjoy!

“Party scenes of martyrs & kings,

Take two of these to amplify your dreams

It’s not as easy as you make it seem

You’ll like it better when you’re high”

Lyrics from “Linear High”

Rick Bain fucking rocks.