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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
The Buddies: Two laidback SoCal teens, played by Keanu Reeves and the other one.
Euphemism of Choice: It's rated PG, so the movie never explicitly states the dudes are under the influence of anything besides good vibes. But come on.
Why It Makes The List: Bill & Ted went out to mock a stereotype and instead created one.Seriously, before 1989, no one talked like this. Its surfer mannerisms and surreal narrative led to some obnoxious knock-offs (looking at you, Encino Man), but no film has ever duplicated the original's sense of pure fun (sequel included). San Dimas High School Football Rules!
The Buddies: Two DC teens who play a integral part in the Watergate scandal. Sort of. (Did you really believe a grown man would call himself "Deep Throat"?)
Euphemism of Choice: The girls don't indulge, but their brother's "walnut leaves" go into cookies meant for President Nixon. "Accidentally stoned" rarely equals comedy, but Dan Hedaya's flawless Nixon makes it work.
Why It Makes The List: For crafting a spot-on satire of All the President's Men that's also a commentary on national denial. And then selling it to teen girls. The film also employs some serious comedy talent, including Dave Foley, Harry Shearer, Ana Gasteyer, and (our fave) Bruce McCulloch and Will Ferrell as a vain and incompetent Woodward and Bernstein.
The Buddies: Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda, two drug-smuggling bikers who are cooler than you.
Euphemism of Choice: The stuff that "gives you a whole new way of looking at the day", a phrase only Dennis Hopper could make badass.
Why It Makes The List: Before 1983, Dennis Hopper refused to work with less than five recreational narcotics in his system. By Speed the number was two, but the man has a unique window into the dark side of the counter-culture movement. It's not a straight comedy, but definitely a refreshing and necessary counterweight to the "I've got the munchies!" shenanigans of other stoner films.
Cheech & Chong's Up In Smoke
The Buddies: Richard and Tommy, the OGs of stoner comedy.
Euphemism of Choice: A plethora, including a strand of "fiberweed", smuggled in a way that makes taking the cocaine dolls in Traffic seriously even less possible.
Why It Makes The List: Besides paving the way for almost every film on this list? It's the rare BUDdy comedy focused on the bud itself. Where other movies use weed as an excuse for wacky behavior or shorthand for subversiveness, Cheech and Chong are clearly "experts" on the subject. Get it? We're saying it's obvious they "did a lot of research". You could almost say they, ha, "actually smoke weed".