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Celebrate 420 (or not) with these fine flicks



You want to own your high; you don't want it to own you. Therefore, choosing the right movie to watch as you remain dazed and confused is of paramount importance, as you don't want any feelings of fear or paranoia to interfere with your good vibes. An animated feature? A sound choice. A slasher flick? Not so much.

Up in Smoke (Photo: Paramount)
  • Up in Smoke (Photo: Paramount)

To that end, here's CL's sliding scale of what movies are appropriate for when you're flying high or when you're completely grounded. All are excellent movies when viewed with a clear, sober head, but when viewed under the influence, some obviously work better than others. We start with 1, which means you haven't even touched the stuff, and head to 10, which means you're baked out of your gourd.

1 — Se7en (1995). Death, torture, blood, psychopathic behavior, a feel-bad ending... Yeah, don't even go there when high. But stone sober? Definitely check it out.

2 — The Remains of the Day (1993). A classy film, but who wants class while under the influence? Absorbing when viewed normally, it would probably lead to a coma if watched in an altered state. So stick with the normal viewing.

3 — Memento (2000). The mind-bending plot might be fun for awhile while tokin', but eventually confusion would set in, followed by frustration, then anger, then a complete mental breakdown. Best to watch with only one or two puffs.

Donnie Darko (Photo: Fox)
  • Donnie Darko (Photo: Fox)

4 — Donnie Darko (2001). This offers some great visuals that will be enhanced by the MJ, but the movie's dark, disturbing nature might lead to much unease. Ah, the freaky rabbit is after me!

5 — Eraserhead (1977). Every time I watch this movie, I feel like I'm high, even though I'm not. So it's worth a shot if you think you can handle it in a haze, but it might be a tad too intense for many folks.

6 — Apocalypse Now (1979). One should generally stay away from war movies when tripping — Make Peace, Not War! — but this classic contains enough hallucinatory material to add to the buzz.

7 — National Lampoon's Animal House (1978). Toga! Toga! Plus, you'll be giggling away during the scene when college professor Donald Sutherland gets high with his students. Talk about a liberal education!

8 — 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). There's more than one reason this was promoted with the tagline "The Ultimate Trip." The light-show sequence alone will lead to an exalted state of bliss.

9 — Up in Smoke (1978). What better way to get high than with some fellow stoners? It's perpetual potheads Cheech and Chong to the rescue!

Yellow Submarine (Photo: MGM & Capitol Records)
  • Yellow Submarine (Photo: MGM & Capitol Records)

10 — Yellow Submarine (1968). Bright colors; psychedelic visuals; those affable Brits John, Paul, George and Ringo in animated form; plenty of catchy songs. Yeah, this is clearly the best bet for a smoke-choked night on the couch.

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