Spend your day up in smoke with movies

by Beacon Staff • April 19, 2006

The Beacon understands that Emerson students are some of the most dedicated and morally upstanding in the entire country, and would not even know what marijuana smells like, never mind having actually smoked it.,For reasons that are still unknown to this day (although many believe it's a slang police code), potheads of the world unite and toke every April 20-not that it's stopped them from smoking up the other 364 days of the year.

The Beacon understands that Emerson students are some of the most dedicated and morally upstanding in the entire country, and would not even know what marijuana smells like, never mind having actually smoked it. Here we provide 10 films that can help you celebrate this high holiday vicariously:

Idle Hands

This underrated 1999 horror-comedy is ostensibly about the reckless antics of stoner Anton Tobias' (Devon Sawa) possessed hand. The two reasons to watch Hands, however, are the comedic relief, courtesy of Seth Green and Elden Hensen as undead friends Mick and Pnub, and an appearance as the love interest (from Jessica Alba) she sets a precedent for the majority of her career: by the end, her clothing is as minimal as her talent.

Reefer Madness

This '30s film exposes the brutal truth about marijuana smokers: after merely one puff on a joint, formerly straight-laced students become instant addicts exhibiting homicidal tendencies. Madness is so insanely bad that it is hilarious; if you decide to pop it in your DVD player today, make sure you quell your uncontrollable urges to murder the person sitting next to you.

Cheech Chong:

Up In Smoke

It's sad to look at the prototypical stoners 30 years after their career high has worn off, particularly Cheech Marin, who pays the bills these days with appearances in Nash Bridges and Spy Kids. At least Tommy Chong is keeping the pipe dream alive on That 70s Show and with his side business peddling bongs, an endeavor that recently got him locked up. Celebrate the boys in their glory, as Pedro (Marin) and The Man (Chong) not only outwit the police while driving a van covered in marijuana, but also take to the stage in women's clothing for a performance of the classic "Earache My Eye."

How High

Take notes on this: if your best friend dies in a freak accident, use his or her ashes to grow pot and you, too, can go to Harvard, just like Silas (Method Man) and Jamal (Redman). Although the rappers are billed as the stars of the movie, the spotlight is stolen by their support, including the always-dependable Fred Willard, Jeffrey Jones and recently deceased Emerson alumnus Spaulding Gray. How High also marked the directorial debut of Jesse Dylan, who likely learned something about the magical herb from his folk father, Bob.

Dazed Confused

No matter how old you get, this movie stays the same: an ode to leaving high school and getting high. Set to a groovy soundtrack featuring Foghat, Alice Cooper and Ted Nugent, Dazed Confused celebrates the last day of high school with a '70s kick; Matthew McConaughey and Ben Affleck make early career appearances, too.

Fast Times at

Ridgmont High

Renee Zellweger was in The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Philip Seymour Hoffman was in Twister. The point? Oscar winners have to start somewhere, and Sean Penn made a lasting impression as the surfer-stoner Spicoli who consistently creates chaos for teacher Mr. Hand (Ray Walston). His performance might have stood out more had his thunder not been stolen by Phoebe Cates and her infamous red bikini.

Harold Kumar Go To White Castle

The munchies can be overpowering; the need to eat consumes one's every fiber and, sometimes, that need can only be satiated with a Slyder, especially if you've just toked up. Such begins the New Jersey-based journey of Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) that brings the best buds from Princeton to Cherry Hill, complete with run-ins with a cheetah, a deformed mechanic and Neil Patrick Harris. You'll never look at fast food or Doogie Howser the same way again.

Friday

"I know you 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 s*** to do." These are the prophetic words of Smokey (Chris Tucker), who accomplishes his goal to lift the spirits of the recently fired Craig (Ice Cube). This, however, puts him into debt with local drug peddler Deebo (Tiny Lister), setting the stage for a hilariously high Friday. Don't bother with the two sequels, which replace Tucker with the significantly less funny Mike Epps.

Half Baked

Before he invented Sam Jackson Beer and had to relocate to South Africa to get his head straight, Dave Chappelle was best known as Thurston Jenkins, the smoker-cum-entrepreneur who sells medical marijuana to raise bail for the incarcerated Kenny (Harland Williams). The best scene in Half Baked is the extended montage profiling the different types of smokers, allowing for cameos from Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, Stephen Baldwin and Jon Stewart. Stewart's scene is the best to watch ... on weed!

Super Troopers

The Broken Lizard comedy troupe broke out with this big hit about five idiotic Vermont state troopers patrolling the Canadian border for speeders. The troopers' shenanigans cause them to stumble upon a large shipment of pot. The weak setup is strengthened by the throwaway jokes and scenes of people being pulled over, where the word "chickenf**ker" is used to good effect.,Bryan O'Toole