For When Cheech & Chong Just Aren’t Deep Enough

The Stoner Film, Evolved

We all love a good stoner film, but plenty of movies with nary a spliff in sight are elevated when watching while stoned. Here are three films beloved by critics and moviegoers alike that, even on repeated viewings, have tons of layers waiting to be unlocked with cannabis.

The Godfather

This cinematic masterpiece still overflows with complexity over 40 years after its release. With cannabis, you might focus on the movie’s depiction of the immigrant experience. Or you could analyze the film’s thematic relationship between oranges and untimely deaths. Or simply submerge yourself in the breathtaking hotness of ‘70s era Al Pacino. At three hours long, the brain candy is plentiful.

Movie: The Godfather | Released: 1972 | Global Box Office: $245.1M | Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Starring: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino

Fight Club

Fight Club’s thematic cup runneth over, and weed reinvigorates the movie even after you know the ending. Evaluate the main character’s relationship with Tyler Durden throughout the film, or seek out clues hinting at his true identity. Try viewing the movie from Marla Singer’s point of view, or, for a real challenge, explore the movie’s commentary on masculinity through the lens of Trump’s America (maybe microdose for that one).

Movie: Fight Club | Released: 1999 | Global Box Office: $100.8M | Director: David Fincher | Starring: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton

Get Out

Get Out is a horror-soaked social satire packed with visual and thematic discoveries worth exploring with the right strain. Every scene manages to make racism scarier by hinting at what’s to come: the casual mention of a basement “black mold problem”; the timing of an announcer’s reminder that “a mind is a terrible thing to waste.” A little weed makes things more sinister while heightening the surprising moments of dark comedy.

Movie: Get Out | Released: 2017 | Global Box Office: $254.7M | Director: Jordan Peele | Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams


Kaisha-Dyan McMillan

Kaisha-Dyan McMillan is a freelance writer based out of Oakland, California. Her love of the written word can be traced back to when she was gifted with her first journal at the age of nine and since then she’s never without a pen and notebook. In 2016 she left life as a marketing consultant to pursue her lifelong dream of being a full-time writer and has written for a multitude of brands over the years. Ultimately, cannabis is her muse, and she loves writing about this incredible plant and its positive effects on people’s lives. She rarely turns down cheese or dessert, has a pretty solid crush on Jeff Goldblum (her husband gets it), and considers being a writer for DOPE Magazine one of her greatest career accomplishments to date.