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The Best Stoner Move Ever Of All Time Is…


The Best Stoner Move Ever Of All Time Is…

The March Madness championship that’s more exciting than Kentucky and the University of Connecticut? The Stoner Move Championship.

If you’ve been following the blog, you know we’ve come a long way to get here. We started with sixteen classic stoner movies and it wasn’t easy to see any of them eliminated through each round. Now, we’re down to the final two – Cheech & Chong’s UP IN SMOKE vs. the classic FRIDAY.

Let’s recap.

UP IN SMOKE (1978)
IMDB user rating: 7.0
Rotten Tomatoes: 38% tomatometer, 84% audience rating

Up in Smoke features the famous duo Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong. Duh. It’s regarded as one of the most classic stoner movies EVER, probably because it’s about potheads who are looking for weed and accidentally get deported to Mexico. They have to make the trip back the US for a gig, and they accidentally pick up a van made of marijuana. A VAN. MADE OF MARIJUANA. And that, my friends, has the makings of a beautiful film.

Friday (1995)
IMDB user rating: 7.3
Rotten Tomatoes: 77% tomatometer, 91% audience rating

Friday features Ice Cube and Chris Tucker, a great pairing. It’s hard to compare to Up in Smoke because it has such a different kind of stoner vibe, and while it’s pretty wonderful, we think it’s also pretty underrated. Basically, Craig and Smokey, the two main characters, are chilling on a Friday afternoon smoking and hanging out. They smoke up all a dealer’s weed and have to figure out how to get the money they owe him by that evening. You can probably imagine the rest of the movie.

This was such a close round.

And despite the snotty Tomatometer, we still have to name UP IN SMOKE as the stoner movie champion. You could really call Cheech & Chong the masters of the genre. Up in Smoke did something no movie had done before…which was basically to build an entire storyline and film around two stoners just doing what they do. As much as we love Friday, what would Friday have been without Up in Smoke?

What do you think? Who would your champion have been?


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