Stoners love watching movies, Hollywood loves stoners (and our wallets). It was tough to choose our favorite stoner characters since there are so many great stoner movies, but we managed to narrow it down to the 7 quintessential big screen stoners. Here they are.
Jeff Spicoli, Fast Times at Ridgemont High
“Dude that’s my skull!” Sean Penn as the super stoned slacker is the highlight from this coming-of-age-classic, especially because it depicts the stoner character as a hero.
The Dude, The Big Lebowski
El Duderino is the chillest person on the planet—until you call him Mr. Lebowski. “Let me explain something to you. Um, I am not ‘Mr. Lebowski’. You’re Mr. Lebowski. I’m the Dude. So that’s what you call me. You know, that or, uh, His Dudeness, or uh, Duder, or El Duderino if you’re not into the whole brevity thing.” The dude truly is THE Dude when it comes to amazing stoner characters.
Jay and Silent Bob, Various Films
This timeless duo appears in half a dozen Kevin Smith films as best buds who love to smoke bud. It’s the perfect buddy comedy, matching Jay’s loud-mouth, sex-obsessed stoner with Silent Bob’s quiet, insightful stoner attitude on their various misadventures.
Ron Slater, Dazed and Confused
He doesn’t have Matthew McConaughey’s first and most famous catchphrase, “Alright, alright, alright.” from this film, but Ron does have a child-like enthusiasm for marijuana. Sprinkle this in with some philosophical ponderings and a blissful ignorance to everything around him and you’ve got a fixture in Dazed and Confused.
Saul Silver, Pineapple Express
The ultimate stoner character of Apatow films is Pineapple Express’ Saul Silver. Clad in pyjama pants, a shark eating a kitten t-shirt and a headband, Saul is equal parts lovable, off-beat and stoned. Completely stoned out of his mind, that is.
Harold and Kumar, Harold and Kumar series
Going to White Castle has never been the same since Harold and Kumar epically craved some of those delicious/disgusting burgers. Harold and Kumar, the yin to each other’s yang, always wind up on hilarious pot-fueled adventures.
Jane, Smiley Face
Anna Faris’ Jane is an unambitious actress who eats too many cupcakes and quickly tries to make a list of things to accomplish that day. Jane F is a perpetual screw-up, encouraged by her intoxicated state to make bad situations worse and way funnier.
Do yourself a solid and pop in one of these films next time your enjoying some cannabis—maybe you’ll find a new friend in one of these legendary stoner characters.
Header photo credit: Little Lebowski