15 Best Movie Stoners of All Time

From Cheech and Chong to the Dude, the pantheon of screen potheads

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Jeff Spicoli, 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' (1982)

Sean Penn's performance is based as much on SoCal beach bums as high-school burnouts, but Spicoli's lateness, spaciness, and in-class munchies still mark him as a connoisseur of the green. (Say it with us: "That was my skull! I'm so wasted!") With Fast Times, director Amy Heckerling and writer Cameron Crowe (fresh from his Rolling Stone days) created a new kind of stoner stereotype for the 1980s. They moved away from the tie-dyed granola vibe, instead depicting bud-lovers as preternaturally chill dudes who stay centered even while their peers and teachers are stressed. That's what makes Spicoli so funny and so weirdly admirable — accent on the weird. NM

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