BPR 4/20 Top Picks – High Times on Screen

As April rolls into its mid-point, a particular day comes into focus for cannabis enthusiasts around the world: April 20th, or as it’s affectionately known, 4/20. This day has become an unofficial holiday, celebrated with everything from peaceful gatherings to movie marathons.

Celebrating 4/20 with Cinema

And what better way to mark the occasion than by diving into some of the best stoner films cinema has to offer? Here are four iconic films that capture the spirit of 4/20 with humor, drama, and a touch of the surreal.

1. “Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke” (1978)

BPR 420 Top Picks – High Times on Screen
BPR 4/20 Top Picks – High Times on Screen

Starting with the film that arguably kickstarted the stoner genre, “Up in Smoke” stars Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong as two cannabis-loving buddies embarking on a series of misadventures. This film’s iconic scenes, hilarious antics, and memorable lines have earned it a cult status. It’s a must-watch for anyone looking to understand the roots of stoner comedy.

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2. “Pineapple Express” (2008)

BPR 420 Top Picks – High Times on Screen
BPR 4/20 Top Picks – High Times on Screen

A more modern take on the genre, “Pineapple Express” combines the stoner film with action-packed sequences and an unlikely buddy comedy storyline. Starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, the film follows a process server and his marijuana dealer on the run from hitmen and a corrupt police officer. “Pineapple Express” is known for its quotable dialogue, unforgettable characters, and a plot that keeps you engaged and entertained from start to finish.

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3. “The Big Lebowski” (1998)

BPR 420 Top Picks – High Times on Screen
BPR 4/20 Top Picks – High Times on Screen

Though not a traditional stoner film, “The Big Lebowski” by the Coen Brothers has earned its place in the hearts of cannabis enthusiasts for its laid-back vibe and the unforgettable character of The Dude, played by Jeff Bridges. This film blends noir, comedy, and a bit of existentialism, making it a unique entry in the genre. It’s a tale of mistaken identity, bowling, and a quest for a ruined rug that “really tied the room together,” all experienced through the haze of The Dude’s cannabis-infused life.

4. “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle” (2004)

This road movie follows the misadventures of Harold Lee and Kumar Patel, played by John Cho and Kal Penn, respectively, as they embark on a quest to satisfy their munchies at White Castle. What sets this film apart is not just its humor but also its commentary on race, friendship, and the pursuit of happiness. It’s a stoner comedy that manages to be both outrageous and insightful.


These films are more than just an ode to cannabis culture; they’re a testament to the enduring appeal of humor, friendship, and the quest for the simple pleasures in life. Whether you’re a long-time aficionado or just curious about the genre, these stoner films offer a perfect way to relax and celebrate 4/20. So grab some snacks, settle in, and let these cinematic gems take you on a high-flying adventure from the comfort of your couch. Happy 4/20!

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

  1. Are these films suitable for all audiences?
    • While these films may contain adult themes and language, they offer entertainment for mature audiences.
  2. Do I need to be a cannabis enthusiast to enjoy these movies?
    • Not necessarily. While they do celebrate cannabis culture, they also provide humor and entertainment for a wide range of viewers.
  3. Are there any other notable stoner films worth mentioning?
    • Absolutely! This list represents just a selection of iconic films in the genre. Other noteworthy titles include “Dazed and Confused” and “Half Baked.”
  4. Can I watch these films with my friends and family?
    • It depends on your comfort level and the preferences of your companions. Some may find the content enjoyable to watch with others, while others may prefer to watch alone.
  5. What makes these films stand out from typical comedies?
    • These films often blend humor with social commentary, making them thought-provoking as well as entertaining.

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