Winter sucks. It’s cold, it’s dark, and it’s depressing. Worst of all, if you live anywhere outside the Deep South or the West Coast, you can’t go outside and enjoy a fatie in the sun.
There is relief, though. If you smoke weed, you already know it improves the shitty months. Entertainment is also a great way to while away the season.
So here are the five best stoner movies that help beat away the winter blues. Bundle up and then light up!
1. Summer School
Some movies capture the essence of a certain time and place. For Summer School, that time and place was the eternal summer of high school, circa 1987.
See Carl Reiner directing in his prime. See Mark Harmon acting in his prime. See Kirstie Alley being Kirstie Alley, only thin.
Above all, bask in the summery feelings this classic ‘80s comedy creates. You won’t get such a great chance again until April.
2. Planes, Trains and Automobiles
No movie sums up the trauma of the holidays so perfectly as Planes, Trains and Automobiles. This movie, also from 1987, combines two of the greatest comedy legends of all time: John Candy and Steve Martin.
Candy plays a tragically obnoxious traveler down on his luck, while Martin plays the well-to-do schmuck he gloms onto over Thanksgiving. Their humiliating journey from New York to a suburban home outside Chicago is one of the greatest buddy adventures ever captured on film.
There’s no weed to be seen, but this is definitely the best John Hughes movie to watch on a cold, blustery day.
3. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Aloha, Mr. Hand. Fast Times at Ridgemont High is another summery stoner classic, perfect for warming your feet in February. Join the seniors of Ridgemont as they toke, jerk, and surf their way through the best days of their lives.
Dazed and Confused also falls into the end-of-high-school-start-of-summer stoner genre, but the Sanka references alone make Fast Times the superior stoner movie.
4. A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas
As far as we know, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas is the only Hollywood movie specifically about stoners in the winter. It’s definitely not Roldy and Kumar’s best work, but it’s still fairly amusing.
The trouble starts anew in this installment of the series when Kumar accidentally burns down the Christmas tree at Roldy’s father-in-law’s house. Many more stoner shenanigans ensue.
The holidays may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still laugh at good winter comedy. That’s what weed is for.
5. This Is the End
More stoner celebrities than you could shake a stick at face the Apocalypse. Not only must they survive a sinister invasion, they must also survive their own egos and each other.
Seth Rogen, James Franco, Johan Hill, Emma Watson, stop us if this is getting old. This Is the End is packed with pro-pot actors, and it’s one of the best stoner movies of the last few years.
It also nicely evokes the claustrophobia of winter, as the actors find themselves trapped in a building with dwindling supplies and little common sense. Will they live? Will they find more drugs? Will your winter ever end? Watch and find out.