Don’t get me wrong! Cheech and Chong are great! Half-Baked is ALSO great! But, here are a few alternatives for your 4/20 viewing. Give these a try and THEN go back to Cheech and Chong if you need something more familiar or comforting.

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Photo by Abstral Official on Unsplash


Not a movie but a series on Apple+ that just wrapped up season one.

Is your work a drag? Do you feel like a prisoner of your work-life sometimes? Do you enjoy saying, “whoa”?

“Severance” is like a really, really good episode of “Black Mirror” but with 8 completed episodes. AND, it’s been renewed for a second season, which is great because if they ended it like THIS people would cancel their Apple+ en masse.

“Dazed and Confused”

The title might make you think weed plays a more central role in the plot than it actually does. But this classic takes on a much deeper meaning if you’re “on grass”. It’s better than just “alright, alright, alright”.


It’s got Bond-era Sean Connery in a red Borat mankini and a giant floating head. It’s one of those movies I think was INTENDED to be watched while baked.

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

EVERYTHING about this Tarantino flick is enhanced on pot: the groovy soundtrack, the Bruce Lee fight scene…the Manson family getting their asses kicked six ways to Sunday. It will be the fastest two hours that seem like ten hours you’ve ever seen.

“Heaven’s Gate”

Not the cult, the 1980 Michael Cimino movie that you’ve seen on almost every “worst movie ever” list. And, I’m not just trying to be pretentious by putting one of the most famously “disastrous” movies on my list. I don’t even think it’s bad. I think it was just meant to be viewed while on cannabis.

I’m not suggesting you watch the four-hour version that was initially released; I’m not even suggesting you watch the 2 ½ hour version Cimino was forced to cut down. But AT LEAST watch until you get to the scene of all the pioneer's roller skating to fiddle music until Jeff Bridges pukes on himself. That’s right: I’m recommending a Jeff Bridges movie for 4/20 and it’s NOT “Big Lebowski”.

“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Any list of lesser-known stoner movies has to have one Wes Anderson joint and this is the one I picked.  Check out pre-Spiderman Flash Thompson, btw!


If you feel like you HAVE to watch a Cheech and Chong movie on 4/20, here’s one that most people don’t remember…mainly because it got panned by critics and flopped at the box office. But, it has Cheech and Chong. Also, half of Monty Python. AND, three of the funniest cast members from “Young Frankenstein” (sadly, no Gene Wilder).

 And, one movie you should absolutely, never, ever under any circumstances watch while you are stoned…

“The Lighthouse”

It’s nothing but Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson, alone. In a lighthouse. For two hours. In black and white.  Even totally straight, it is a disturbing experience.  With ganja as part of the mix, I don’t think anyone should risk staring into the abyss.

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