Which Movies Got Weed Right? The Top 5 Portrayals of Marijuana in Film
There’s nothing more comical than when you (as a stoner, of course) see some crazy and off-the-wall portrayal of weed in television and movies. From the ever classic Reefer Madness to some of the newer things like Pineapple Express, the facts around marijuana have been muddled in propaganda and downright stoner comedy logic, so finding a more accurate depiction can feel like a challenge — but it’s definitely not impossible.
Without further ado I would like to introduce you to the five best film scenes that got marijuana right for once, and some of them may surprise you!
Walk Hard (2007)
Dewey Cox, played by actor John C. Reilly, stumbles upon his long-time friend Sam, played by Tim Meadows, smoking a bit of pot in a backstage room after a show. With a flurry of questions and matter-of-fact answers, Dewey learns the truth about marijuana after a warning, “You don’t want no part of this sh*t!”
With the facts laid out as bluntly as possible it’s hard to believe a comedy with Reilly in it could have this much fact tied to it; writers must really love to smoke… ahem…
American Beauty (1999)
Kevin Spacey plays Lester Burnham, a man going through his midlife crisis in this Alan Ball story of suburban life. In this particular scene he’s outside smoking a joint with the new neighbor boy Ricky Fitts (Wes Bentley), just talking and cracking jokes.
Pot doesn’t make you hallucinate or lose your mind like you’ll see in films like Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, but American Beauty doesn’t go that route; instead it shows a couple of dudes chilling outside, enjoying a nicely rolled joint. They talk, they bullsh*t, they generally just enjoy each other’s company and continue smoking. Now that is how you enjoy pot!
True Romance (1993)
What’s not to love about a stoner Brad Pitt? Playing a character named Floyd who is just minding his own business, enjoying a pretty massive bong rip when a group of Mafioso’s enter with guns up. After failing to answer a question posed, he offers to smoke them up.
Floyd is the spitting image of a long-time smoker, complete with slowed speech and the throatier voice you get when you’re just sitting back high as a kite. He even remembers to offer to smoke these guests out; one of the unwritten stoner rules and something many people do to this day.
Jackie Brown (1997)
Melanie Ralston (Bridget Fonda) is laid back on a couch taking some bong rips when Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson) walks in with a guest. He asks her if she’s already been smoking and the exchange eventually leads to him telling her it’ll rob her of her ambition, to which she replies with a giggle, “Not if your ambition is to get high and watch TV all day.”
This is the perfect exemplification of a couple where one person smokes and the other doesn’t — each seeming to lead two very different lives yet both somehow synergizing. With a little playful banter, the two continue about their respective days like somewhat normal human beings, and yes we’re ignoring the fact that Samuel plays an arms dealer!
A teddy bear voiced by Seth MacFarlane and Mark “Markie Mark” Wahlberg smoking together, could any two be better suited for a scene like this?
“It’s actually pretty mellow.” The lie many people have told their friends in order to get them to try a pretty dank strain with them and one many still have fallen for. On top of that, it seems like the more time goes by the weirder and more intense sounding names each new strain is given; so when Ted starts talking about his dealer’s other strains you just can’t help but relate to Wahlberg’s hesitance!