These Are The Most Loveable Stoner Movie Characters
Peanut butter and jelly. Macaroni and cheese. Getting high and watching movies about other stoned people. These are some of the greatest combinations known to humankind, and you better believe Hollywood knows how to cater to its audience. Stoner movie characters come in many shapes and sizes, and we’re here to tell you about a few of our favorites. Let us know which stoner movie characters are your personal picks for top-shelf blazers in the comments section.
“Yeah, well, you know, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.”
It very well could be that The Dude is the finest of all stoner movie characters of all time. It takes a certain kind of person to balance cannabis and alcohol without going completely off the rails, and Jeff Bridges’ portrayal of The Dude personifies the party person we all strive to be. Full of wisdom, weed, and vodka, The Dude bowls his way into the hearts of stoners across the globe in this cult classic from the Coen Brothers.
“Never take it seriously. If ya never take it seriously, ya never get hurt. Ya never get hurt, ya always have fun, and if you ever get lonely, just go to the record store and visit your friends.”
While many of the best stoner movie characters are of the Y-chromosome persuasion, there are ladies like Kate Hudson as Penny Lane in Almost Famous who show that women can be just as darling with a doobie as the dudes are. Penny captures the essence of the 70s as she follows her heart (amongst other things) across the country—all in the name of love. Or music. Or weed. Or something.
“You’ve got some serious thrill issues, dude!”
Some stoner characters in movies are Easter eggs for obliging parentals (or people who just happen to be kids at heart). One of our favorite examples is Crush from Disney/Pixar’s fabulous fishy animated film Finding Nemo. Voiced by Andrew Stanton—who also happened to direct the movie, too—Crush endears himself to the audience by typifying a surfer… a very stoned surfer, that is. We never see Crush getting stoned, but the implication of such is what makes it so delightful.
“You should smoke some of this! You’d be off the couch in no time.”
“If I have grass or alcohol or anything, I get unbearably wonderful,” says Alvy Singer, the neurotic anti-hero of Woody Allen’s seminal cerebral showstopper Annie Hall. Not only is she a fashion icon to left-of-middle women worldwide, Diane Keaton’s titular character is a surprising stoner. Being stoned was not a central part of Annie’s character, but that is perhaps what makes it so relatable: you don’t have to be high all the time to be a stoner. Perhaps the real reason it never worked out between Alvy and Annie is that he just didn’t know how to have a good time.
Cheech and Chong
Still Smokin’ after all these years.
Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong built an empire out of being lovable stoner characters. They helped bring cannabis usage into the mainstream, and we have to show them the love for that. Starting in 1978 with Up in Smoke, Cheech and Chong were ripping bongs and cracking wise before it was remotely socially acceptable to do so. Perhaps most remarkably, their legacy stretches beyond their cinematic contributions (Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie and Still Smokin being among the most notable). Cheech is helping to register pot businesses in California, and Chong has his own line of cannabis products in Colorado. Far out, man.
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