As noted in Craig Hlavaty's salute to classic midnight movies, this Friday and Saturday at around midnight, the River Oaks Theatre will be screening the cult classic film Dazed and Confused. The movie, which was directed by Houston's own Richard Linklater, takes place during the last day of high school circa 1976.
From freshman torture to scandalous make-outs, to beer busts, to insolent football players, to throw-downs and then to more beer, the movie beautifully and hilariously captures a very long day in the lives of a group of typical high-schoolers. Aside from all the personal issues these kids contend with, they smoke a massive amount of marijuana. Pot should get top billing in this movie.
Dazed and Confused may be one of the best marijuana movies ever made, but that's not to say there aren't others. Here's our top 10 (many of which are probably NSFW).
You have never seenBongwater
? Grab your homemade gravity water pipe and rip some bingers for this lesser-known stoner flick. The cast is filled with familiar names who are probably really embarrassed this movie is on their CVs, including Luke Wilson, Jack Black, Andy Dick and Jeremy Sisto. Bingers.
9. Soul Plane
Snoop Dogg is piloting a plane. Even if they offered every one of my bags to fly free and extra leg room, I would take a pass.
8. Pineapple Express
Seth Rogen and James Franco play total potheads who wind up in the middle of a murder mystery and in the middle of the woods somewhere, in this Judd Apatow comedy.
Don't knock this comedy from David Wain, the guy who brought the off-kilter comedy seriesStella
and the brilliantWet Hot American Summer
, until you've seen it. Jennifer Aniston is either the greatest actress ever or she has smoked plenty of herb in her day.6. The Wackness
This movie is the only one on this list that is not all that funny. In fact, it is pretty depressing. In this tale of a two-bit weed slinger in the mid-'90s who exchanges the green stuff for therapy sessions, it turns out the therapist, played by Ben Kingsley, is in more need of a head shrink than the main character.
5. Up In Smoke
Cheech and Chong's names are synonymous with the word "weed." In 1978 when this film was released, people were crazy about the comedy duo and the film made tons of cash, around $44 million. The movie may have even made enough money to keep Cheech and Chong stocked with grass for like a
4. The Big Lebowski
Don't you just want to hang out with a stoned Dude, drink some "mean Caucasians" and listen to a recital of bowling pins being knocked down? Jeff Bridges is the perfect stoner who can't help but run into trouble wherever he goes. If only that rug didn't tie the room together so nicely.3. Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
All these guys want is a sack of sliders, and instead they get chased by campus police, bit by feral animals and jailed. Plus a tripped-out Neil Patrick Harris swipes their car. Brilliant.
If there are any lessons to be learned fromFriday
, it's not so much that you shouldn't steal money/weed from your drug dealer, it's not to believe your friend when she tells you she wants to hook you up with a chick that looks just like Janet Jackson.
1. Half Baked
Oh, Dave Chappelle, come back to us and make aHalf Baked Two
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may be the lowest of the lowbrow, but it has everything a good stoner movie should have, including the greatest way to quit a job ever.
The Landmark Theatre River Oaks Theatre will be screening Dazed and Confused Friday, August 17, and Saturday, August 18, around midnight. For information, visit the Web site at landmarktheatres.com