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When thinking about weed-themed content, it’s easy to write off every movie or show as a stoner bro comedy. But the streaming age has brought diverse cannabis stories to the forefront, from cannabis-themed cooking shows, documentaries and dramas to — yes — the timeless and beloved easy-going flicks.
For film choices, you can never go wrong with the 1993 coming-of-age indie classic (and arguably best stoner movie of all time), “Dazed and Confused.” From its monologue about George Washington being in a cult to Matthew McConaughey’s “Alright, alright, alright,” it’s hilarious just as much as it is an ode to adolescence. For a dramatic fare, opt for Paul Thomas Anderson’s hazy neo-noir crime pic “Inherent Vice,” starring Joaquin Phoenix as Larry “Doc” Sportello, a drug-fueled Los Angeles private investigator.
But if television shows are more your thing, watch “Weeds,” an aughts classic that pioneered cannabis-themed television. For a modern pick, choose Netflix Original comedy “Disjointed,” about a modern dispensary run by cannabis activist Ruth Whitefeather Feldman (Kathy Bates). Or delve into HBO’s “High Maintenance,” a dramedy that unfolds through a series of vignettes, threading the lives of unique New Yorkers together through their weed deliveryman.
Whatever your favorite strain of programming, Variety has you covered with the top 19 cannabis-centered movies and series to watch on Amazon Prime, Netflix, HBO Max and Hulu from 4/20 and beyond. All you need to do is log in, light up and grab the munchies of your choosing.
Published: March 07, 2021
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