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If you like marijuana and movies — especially both at the same time — you will absolutely love Reefer Movie Madness: The Ultimate Stoner Film Guide.
Over the past four decades, the stoner movie has become its own genre. With such a multitude of choices available, how to pick the right flick for your next session?
Reefer Movie Madness, the long-awaited sequel to the successful Pot Culture series from Shirley Halperin, who has written for Entertainment Weekly, Us Weekly, and Rolling Stone; and Steve Bloom, former High Times editor who now does the website CelebStoner.com, is the most extensive guide ever to feature films with specific stoner appeal.
My only warning is that you’ll be spending a lot of time with the volume, because not only is it well-written and well-researched, it’s chock full of fascinating information, anecdotes and interviews based on the culturally constructive collision of cannabis and cinema.
You’ll be the envy of the next party — or at the very least an object of horrified fascination — as you spew forth the bountiful trivia found in these pages. Assuming you remember any of it, of course.
Besides specifically weed-themed films, also included are hundreds more movies that contain pot scenes or are simply fun to watch while high.
Reefer Movie Madness covers all types of pot-friendly films, from the obvious comedies like Cheech and Chong’s entire oeuvre, to dope documentaries, to druggy dramas, to stoned sci-fi, to marijuana musicals, to bong-friendly blockbusters.
The book works well with abbreviated attention spans, as it is broken up into easy-to-digest capsule reviews and fascinating sidebars, lists, and celebrity Q&As.
A delightful side effect of Reefer Movie Madness is that even the most experienced, jaded stoner movie fan can find dozens or even hundreds of undiscovered delights within its fertile pages. I thought I’d seen just about every pot movie worth watching, but after looking through these pages, I am humbled and excited to know that there are hundreds of good, bad, and just plain weird weed-related films to add to the “must see” list.
With the holidays just around the corner, you won’t do better than Reefer Movie Madness to gift that smoking cinemaphile on your list.