Netflix has finally expanded its original offerings to include the stoner-movie genre, finally mining the way so many people watch while sewn into their couches. But the streaming giant’s library also is well stocked with stuff you should fire up when you’re out of Planet Earth episodes. Grab some munchies and enjoy the movies below.
Can’t get into college? Make your own! That’s the premise behind Steve Pink’s Justin Long-starring comedy, and it’s just as difficult as it sounds. Blake Lively, Lewis Black, and a very young, very funny Jonah Hill round out the cast for a whole course load full of shenanigans. The coed comedy has its fair share of partying and crude jokes—it is a slacker’s dream to get a degree in skateboarding or psychokinesis—but somewhat surprisingly, this one’s really one for the stick it to the system underdogs out there.
There are hidden camera pranks meant to embarrass or provoke the prankee to the point that they’re practically forced to react out of an animalistic type of anger, and then there are the others that are simply there to capture everyday human behavior in the face of absolute absurdity. Bad Trip, the logical extension of the unpredictable gags featured on The Eric Andre Show, is the latter, even in its most egregiously ridiculous stunts. With the narrative backbone of Chris Carey (Eric Andre) and Bud Malone (Lil Rel Howery) road tripping from Florida to New York to pursue Chris’s unrequited love (Michaela Conlin) in Bud’s sister Trina’s (Tiffany Haddish) hot pink car, the cast ingeniously use the film’s interpersonal conflicts to engage the people they encounter along the way, soliciting advice, asking for help, and bonding with generally receptive locals from the Deep South up to New Jersey. The result is a hilarious and lighthearted take on the genre from Jackass producer Jeff Tremaine, The Eric Andre Show‘s director Kitao Sakurai, some very funny comedians, and the demented meme king of goofing around.
The Workaholics trio, Black Anderson, Adam Devine, and Anders Holm, followed the well-trodden path of comedy stars before them by making an action-comedy, this one specifically for their audience. The lovable bros are housekeepers at a fancy hotel where criminals have taken hostages, including Shaggy, at an influencer/celebrity party and they, of course, are the only ones who can save the day. Yeah… there’s not a whole lot that makes this ridiculous movie distinguished from its predecessors aside from the dudes’ distinct chemistry, but there’s enough Die Hard-inspired action and explosions coming at full force to keep the “woah, dude!” reactions coming.
Welcome to Netflix, home of Good Burger, which you should watch in short order. Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell spun off a popular sketch from Nickelodeon’s All That to make this rowdy comedy about teens who spend the summer working at their friendly neighborhood fast-food stand and the Nick slime-worthy gaffes that result from a foul burger-chain rivalry. With cameos from Shaq and Sinbad, French fry gags, and a brawl over an insanely tasty secret sauce, you’ll be snort-laughing milkshake out your nose in the first 10 minutes.
Enhance your trip by watching other people talk about their experiences tripping. That’s basically all this “documentary” is. No, it’s not an exposé about the scientific effects and/or benefits of drugs—it’s just a collection of pretty funny interviews with celebs about their experiences on psychedelics, from LCD to peyote and shrooms. The cast itself is a gateway drug to lure you in, with Nick Offerman as the host of the special, and includes everyone from musicians like Sting and A$AP Rocky to comedic stars like Will Forte, Natasha Lyonne, and the late Carrie Fisher, who is as candid and hilarious as ever. It may not be factually correct, but the animation is a bright and dizzying, and you’ll definitely have a laugh.
The short-lived Dragnet TV spoof Police Squad! found a second life as The Naked Gun action-comedy movie franchise, and the first installment goes all in on Airplane! co-star Leslie Nielsen’s brand of straight-laced dementia. Trying to explain The Naked Gun only makes the stupid sound stupider, but keen viewers will find jokes on top of jokes on top of jokes. It’s the kind of movie that can crack “nice beaver,” then pass a stuffed beaver through the frame and actually get away with it. Nielsen has everything to do with it; his Frank Drebin continues the grand Inspector Clouseau tradition in oh-so-’80s style.
This movie stars Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa. They’re in high school. Get it? HIGH school. Snoop has to graduate, Wiz has to help him, and you have to suffer from THC-induced paralysis on your couch to watch this movie. So throw it on the next time you find yourself in that state, and ride it out for 75 minutes.
Who doesn’t love Paul Rudd? Nobody! It’s impossible not to love the hilarious, endearing everyman who’s been making us laugh in small and big roles alike in comedies since the ’90s. He’s at the heart of this offbeat movie, playing the titular idiotic brother, Ned. This one might not be as much of a lovable surprise if Rudd didn’t lead the cast as his hippie dippy character who’s out on his luck after being arrested for selling marijuana, but he does and he brings a certain charm as he couch surfs and shakes up the lives of his sisters (Zooey Deschanel, Elizabeth Banks, and Emily Mortimer). Seriously, Ned and this movie aren’t so idiotic after all: You’ll find yourself welcoming his enlightened teachings and sense of humor.
The comedy that kicked off Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s writing partnership crams more crude sex jokes than anyone ever thought possible into a heartwarming story of inseparable best friends (Michael Cera and Jonah Hill) on the verge of shipping off to different colleges. Factor in some wild party scenes, a then-unknown Emma Stone, high-school horndogs riffing to their hearts’ content, and McLovin, and you’ve got yourself a classic high school movie that rivals the likes of Dazed and Confused.
In the ’90s Jack Black and Kyle Gass formed the absurdist, very metal Tenacious D, a band that served as a vehicle for their off-kilter comedy and musical talents. It got them a hilarious HBO series that ran from 1997-2000, and they revisited the project again in this mid-2000s feature film time capsule. Pick of Destiny finds the duo tracing the roots of their band, which involves searching for a guitar pick owned by Satan to play the greatest song in the world. Those who possess it will turn into rock gods, so, yeah, you kind of have to be stoned to get into this one. Rock on, man.
This really is the unauthorized Bash Brothers experience. Famed home-run hitters Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire, who buddied up on the Oakland Athletics in the ’80s, never released a rap album together—and it’s totally nonsensical to imagine they might’ve. So The Lonely Island turned that fantasy into a short film that’s everything fans of the group could want and more. Andy Samberg is Canseco, Akiva Schaffer is McGwire, and for 30 minutes they deliver a bitchin’, extremely ’80s visual album with songs that are actually kind of a grand slam. Just watch it: It’s a home run.
Do you think Jack Black and Michael Cera and their respective shticks are funny? Can you stomach utter stupidity? Okay, sweet, then Year One will do. The movie from comedic legend Harold Ramis (Groundhog Day, National Lampoon’s Vacation) is far from the greatness of his beloved films, but sometimes all you need is some silly absurdity—which in this case is the two leads playing a pair of exiled cavemen who wind up in the city of Sodom where they meet a handful of Biblical figures. Lord have mercy!
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