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Everyone should know about the stoner classics: The Big Lebowski, Pineapple Express, Clerks, and of course, the masterpiece of backfired propaganda that is Reefer Madness. While these classics certainly earned and deserve their place in stoner lore and culture, their popularity leaves a number of under-the-radar classics ignored by their target audience. For the next time you've got your bowls or brownies ready and a few bags of Cheetos at hand, the greatest obscure stoner movies out there are sure to entertain.
The third creation of Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin, Nice Dreams is maybe not quite as good as Up in Smoke, but you can never really go wrong with a good Cheech and Chong film. Every stoner and their mother has seen Up in Smoke (and if you haven't, it's one of the best movies to watch stoned on Netflix as soon as you put down your bong), but if you haven't yet watched at least the two nearest sequels (not to mention the animated film and later movies as well), you're still missing out on an important stoner experience. Cheech and Chong aren't unknown names, but the fame of their first hit movie has overshadowed some of their later and more obscure stoner movies, which will still hit the spot when you're looking for something new.
With a 0 percent critic score on Rotten Tomatoes, you can't not watch this train wreck of a stoner film. Currently available on Netflix, it's just as bad (in the good way) as it sounds: Two teenagers smoke some CIA pot, go into a coma, and wake up 30 years later as middle-aged men with the brains of really dumb teenagers. It's not high art by any means, and those with refined sensibilities when it comes to film may find it a difficult watch (I mean, it's bad), but it's also a delightful mess if you're in the right, erm, headspace, if you know what I mean.
Although stoner comedies overwhelm the whole field of weed-based movies, slapstick humor and painfully idiotic antics aren't the only things that can make a quality stoner flick. Saving Grace is a fine example of a funny, but sincere, film in the genre. It's equal parts funny, heartwarming, and even offers you a little bit of action and suspense. Plus, the charming, bizarre, small-town British setting is just too endearing not to love. As far as obscure stoner movies go, this is one that most weed lovers have erroneously overlooked as out-of-genre. It's definitely worth a watch, stoned or not.
Hansel and Gretel Get Baked
We all know the story of Hansel and Gretel: Two kids, abandoned by their father in the woods, are lured into the candy house of an evil witch. She entices them to come in, offers them candy, then locks them up in order to fatten them up and cannibalize them. You know, a classic tale to tell little kids before bed.
Now just take the premise, make the kids a couple of years older, and replace candy with pot smoking, and you have a masterwork of a comedic horror flick for stoners. It's gross, creepy, funny, and a decidedly overlooked classic amongst obscure stoner movies.
The Cabin in the Woods
The Cabin in the Woods isn't an explicitly weed-themed horror movie like Hansel and Gretel Get Baked, but it offers much of the same appeal, and features its own brand of weed-based humor for the stoner audience. More than anything, it's clever, funny, and just shocking enough to blow your mind every time. It's worth a watch even if only for Marty's dramatic stoned monologues, and worth a watch for about a thousand other reasons as well. It's not exactly an obscure movie in its own right, but it is often overlooked as a perfect stoner film for a chill night in.
Mallrats will most heavily appeal to anyone who lived their teenage years in the 90s, but that doesn't mean it won't have a slightly disturbing, nostalgic appeal for viewers of all ages—children aside, of course. Kevin Smith, who's responsible for the iconic Silent Bob, directs this masterpiece, and while it never quite reached the fame and notoriety that Clerks and other Jay and Silent Bob films did, Smith's hand in the film as director guides its witty, comedic appeal as well as any of his similar films, if not better. Definitely an underrated and under appreciated film, if reasonably condemned for its painful 90s crassness.
The Stoned Age
Take Dazed and Confused or Superbad, throw it back to the 70s, and set it in California, and you've got something that looks a lot like The Stoned Age. It's your classic mess of a couple of goons on a quest for girls, booze, and whatever other vices they can get their hands on. It delightfully combined all of your favorite tropes: drug-addled idiots, The Great Party, single-minded hedonism, and bizarrely heartwarming moments. For fans of Dazed and Confused and the whole genre of "the high school dream," The Stoned Age is an, unfortunately, often overlooked obscure stoner movie that fits the bill perfectly.
Rolling Kansas is by far one of the most under-appreciated, obscure stoner movies ever created. This masterpiece flies so far under the radar, it's actually kind of hard to track down—even in the age of a seemingly infinite number of streaming services with an infinite number of viewing options. This comedic drama is in a league of its own, featuring treasure maps, fields of the world's greatest cash crop, a road trip of heartwarming and hilarious occurrences, and a duo of characters you can't help but love. It's a twist on the old genre of the quest to self-discovery—a twist that will appeal to stoners more than anyone else.
Your Highness is the underrated little brother (or sister?) of Pineapple Express, which is pretty easy do considering that Pineapple Express is one of the best movies to watch high. Less Seth Rogen, James Franco, and Danny McBride reunite to create a stoner film that... well, let's just say it won't be for everyone. It's just the kind of stupid, way-out-there, incredible fun that you might just need a hit or two to fully appreciate. Or more. That said, with Natalie Portman in one of her most... intriguing... roles, it's not like you can't enjoy this one sober, too. So, without giving much away: Natalie Portman, James Franco, and Danny McBride embark on a very King Arthur-esque quest to save Zooey Deschanel from an evil wizard. It's a pretty good time all around.
It's a simple plot, one of the more obscure stoner movies out there, and a ton of fun. Anna Faris and John Krasinski make a compelling and comedic duo, without going too far over the top. Smiley Face doesn't set out to do anything more than it purports: Show a hilarious possibility in which a young woman accidentally eats an entire plate of weed brownies and attempts to go about her day as usual. Obviously, it doesn't really work, but the film certainly works as a driving premise for an entertaining movie. Anna Faris is also delightfully refreshing as a stoner, offering an alternative to the somewhat-tired stoner trope of the deadbeat dude in his mother's basement, wearing a lot of tie-dye and permanently covered in Cheeto dust.