For 4/20: Five More Classic Stoners From the Movies
When I came up with our inaugural list of movie stoners way back in 2009, I knew I was unfortunately ignoring some key characters. After all, pot smokers have a rich cinematic history, dating back to the 1930s, and it was impossible to get everybody in the same bowl, as it were.
If you'll recall, these were last year's honorees: The Dude (The Big Lebowski), Cheech & Chong, the Vermont Highway Patrol (Super Troopers), Ralph (Reefer Madness), Jeff Spicoli (Fast Times at Ridgemont High). I only list them because I don't want screams of "What about _______?!?!?!?" in the comments.
Here then, is the second installment of our favorite movie stoners.
5. Brian (Jim Breuer) -- Half Baked (1998)
At our web editor's suggestion, I'm including the guy. But as anyone who's seen Breuer's stand-up knows, Brian is a barely exaggerated version of the man himself, making him less a fictional character and more John Malkovich in Being John Malkovich...if Malkovich was seriously toasted. Or, as he explains here, born looking like he'd perpetually just burned one.
4. Harold and Kumar (John Cho and Kal Penn) -- Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
What sets Harold and Kumar apart from most of (okay, all of) their peers on this list is the fact that weed serves more as an adjunct to their daily lives than a primary motivator. Harold has a good job and the reason Kumar doesn't pursue his medical career is due less to pot than to his lingering daddy issues.
Oh, and NPH.
3. Saul Silver (James Franco) -- Pineapple Express (2008)
The movie's okay, but suffers from the problem with most products of stoned creativity: about a third of what they believe to be funny actually is. Franco does well with the material, and can really rock a pair of pajama pants.
2. Floyd (Brad Pitt) -- True Romance (1993)
At first blush, Floyd appears to be the archetypal stoner; the logical midpoint in the life of a teen Jeff Spicoli. But as we see at the end of this clip, there is violence and fury simmering just below that baked exterior. This leads us to speculate that perhaps Floyd doesn't smoke because he likes it, he smokes because it's the only thing that keeps him from killing again.
1. Ron Slater (Rory Cochrane) -- Dazed and Confused (1993)
I feel kind of bad for Cochrane, because nothing he will ever do acting-wise can compare to this iconic role. I personally annoyed the bejesus out of my wife by yelling "Slater-san!" every single time his character appeared onscreen in C.S.I. Miami. Poor bastard.
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