Legalization has arrived, and every cannabis-interested Canadian is going to have a different way to celebrate. Maybe you’ll meditate, write in your thought journal or head to a yoga class. Or maybe, you’ll sit on your couch and scroll through Netflix—just like you did every weeknight before you could legally smoke a joint. If it’s a marijuana-enhanced movie experience you’re after, you have a lot of options. You could, of course, turn to the catalogue of stoner classics: Pineapple Express, Cheech and Cong, Dazed and Confused, Half Baked. There’s an entire genre of Hollywood film that’ll make you feel like you’ve just ripped-a-bong, even if you’re stone-cold sober.
But you have other options, too. Whether you’re in the mood for a focused food porn documentary, a mind-bending drama, or a musical sing-a-long, we’ve rounded up your best options. Enjoy responsibly!
Feel-Good Films That Might Make You Cry
Hayao Miyazaki’s 2001 animated fantasy film is a coming-of-age masterpiece. The watching experience is a magical and nostalgic trip, even if you’re sober. But we promise: it’s just about the happiest thing you will ever see high.
Essentially, this is a live-action version The Lion King‘s opening “Circle of Life” scene. It’s one hour and 36 minutes of how-did-they-get-this-shot eye-candy, and it’ll stun an entire room of stoners into silence. Also see: the entire Planet Earth television series.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
The soundtrack, the perfect precision, the slow motion salmon slicing shots—this food-as-high-art documentary may very well be the most beautiful movie ever made. Make sure you have your Uber Eats app open and ready to order a $12 nigiri set from the lousy sushi place in your hood. It won’t taste the same, but you’re going to need it.
Critically Acclaimed Movies That You Never Really Understood
Christopher Nolan’s 2010 dream-sharing heist film might be the most confusing thing you’ve ever seen. But watch it in a dream-like state, and the movie’s convoluted logic might actually start making sense.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
This Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey led film is categorized as a “Drama, Romance, (and) Sci-Fi” on IMDb, which should indicate to you just how confusing it is. Like Inception, there’s mind-tricks in this movie’s non-linear narrative that are easier to make sense of with a little head buzz.
There’s two things that’ll happen if you watch Jake Gyllenhaal’s break-out performance after hitting the bong: you’re either going to laugh hysterically at its absurdity, or close your eyes every time Frank the Bunny makes an on-screen appearance.
Musicals That’ll Stimulate Your Eyes and Ears
Wild colours! Power ballads! Bright cabaret lights! This Paris-set spectacle promises to transcend you to a glittery place you’ve never been before. We recommend watching with surround sound for enhanced viewing.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
This cult off-Broadway rock musical turned movie is incredibly bizarre—and entirely heartwarming. You don’t really need marijuana to fall in love with its German transgender rock goddess, but it probably wouldn’t hurt.
Across the Universe
This British-American jukebox musical pulls its songs from The Beatles catalogue, so chances are you already know all the words. The movie manages to fit in 34 songs from John Lennon and Paul Mccartney in just 133 minutes, which means the plot is pretty messy. But with a buzz, you might not even notice.
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