Stoner film

Stoner film is a subgenre of films that center around an explicit use of the drug cannabis.cite web |last=Meltzer |first=Marisa |title=Leisure and Innocence: The eternal appeal of the stoner movie |publisher =Slate |date=2007-06-26 |url=http://www.slate.com/id/2168931/pagenum/all/#page_start |accessdate=2008-07-16 ] Typically, such movies show cannabis use in a comic and positive fashion. Cannabis use is one of the main themes, and inspires most of the plot.

"Stoner film" as a genre

There are many movies about "stoners," films with characters who frequently use cannabis, and films that specifically target cannabis users, but these films are not, by definition, stoner films. A stoner film is a movie whose story line is patently centered around cannabis. The series of movies in the 1970s starring Cheech & Chong are archetypal "stoner movies." Some historic films like "Reefer Madness" have also become popular as "stoner movies," because their anti-drug message is seen by some modern viewers as so over the top that the film amounts to self-parody.

"High Times" magazine regularly sponsors the Stony Awards to celebrate stoner films and television. Many of these films do not fit the category of "stoner film" as a subgenre, but contain enough cannabis use to be deemed noteworthy by the periodical. For a list of films containing frequent cannabis use, see films containing frequent marijuana use.

Common elements

Many stoner movies have certain elements and themes in common.cite web
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] [http://www.slate.com/id/2168931] The template involves two male friends who possess or are attempting to possess marijuana and have some task to complete. Stoner movies are always comedies, the plots of which are simplistic enough to be followed while missing many details, which allows individuals intoxicated from cannabis to be able to stay aware of the storyline. Often stoner films involve evading authority figures, sometimes law enforcement agents, who are portrayed as comically inept, but also parents, coworkers, friends, and security guards who disapprove of the protagonists' drug usage usually out of a greater lack of acceptance of their lifestyle of leisure and innocence. Most serious moments are intended ironically, often to parody overwrought counterparts in mainstream cinema.

Stoner films almost always have male protagonists. Smiley Face (July 2007) was the first to feature a female protagonist. The men are well-meaning and usually sexually frustrated, and will usually come comically close to sexual success with exceedingly beautiful women only to have the opportunity lost due to chance or ineptitude.

Examples of stoner films

*"Easy Rider (1969)
*"Rockers" (1978)
*"Cheech & Chong" (series) (1978-1985)
*"Over the Edge" (1979)
*"Far Out Man" (1990)
*"The Stoned Age" (1994)
*"Friday" (1995)
*"Bongwater" (1997)
*"Dead Man on Campus" (1998)
*"Half Baked" (1998)
*"Homegrown" (1998)
*"Grass" (1999)
*"Freak Talks About Sex" (1999)
*"Outside Providence" (1999)
*"Road Trip" (2000)
*"Saving Grace" (2000)
*"How High" (2001)
*"Blow" (2001)
*"Super Troopers" (2001)
*"Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" (2001)
*"Dude, Where's my Car?" (2001)
*"Ali G Indahouse "(2002)
*"Slackers" (2002)
*"Rolling Kansas" (2003)
*"Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" (2004)
*"Waiting..." (2005)
*"" (2005)
*"Grandma's Boy" (2006)
*"Puff, Puff, Pass" (2006)
*"Evil Bong" (2006)
*"Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny" (2006)
*"The Tripper" (2007)
*"Knocked Up" (2007)
*"Totally Baked" (2007)
*"Super High Me" (2007)
*"Weirdsville" (2007)
*"Smiley Face" (2007)
*"Remember the Daze" (2008)
*"Strange Wilderness" (2008)
*"Pineapple Express" (2008)
*"Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay" (2008)
*"The Wackness" (2008)
*"Humboldt County" (2008)
*"" (2008)

ee also

*420 (cannabis culture)
*Buddy film
*Cannabis culture
*List of films containing frequent marijuana use
*Road movie

References

External links

* [http://www.420-movies.com 420-movies.com - A Database of over 1000 stoner movies]
* [http://www.maxim.com/Entertainment/StonerHeroes/slideshow/3991.aspx The 10 Most Memorable Stoners on Film]


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