While not a lot of weed gets smoked, it is mentioned and smoked a few times. It are the psychedelic drugs the 2 main characters are inolved in. Raoul Duke (played by Johnny Depp) and Dr. Gonzo (played by Benicio Del Toro) are on their way to find the American dream.
The movie is based on a novel written by Hunter S. Thompson, the man who invented ” Gonzo journalism”.
Gonzo Jouralism (by Wikipedia): ” is a style of journalism that is written without claims of objectivity, often including the reporter as part of the story via a first-person narrative.”
It results into the main character, Raoul Duke (based on Thompson himself), who is send to the Las Vegas desert, to do his job as a journalist for the Rolling Stone at the Mint 400: a desert off-road race for bikes, cars and dunebuggies. In fact, the novel’s blueprint was actually published in the Rolling Stone Magazine (as Thompson really worked for them). There’s actually a movie about the time Thompson was writing, and pretty much experience the things that happen in the novel, and later the movie, called ” Where The Buffalo Roams”, which isn’t as good as the movie we are talking about here, but if you’re a fan of Thompson’s work, it’s a good watch.
What makes this movie brilliant is the way Duke and Gonzo experience all these crazy drugs they have packed, in their even more hilarious suitcase full of drugs that will make your mind make a 180 degree turn in your head. If you are sober and have never experienced psychedelic drugs, you may give this movie a lower score, but that’s because you don’t really know what they are going through. If someone would take just as much drugs as there was in the coffin, it would probably look a lot like this. The way they let the viewer look into the drugged up minds from Duke and Gonzo is simply incredible. Depp’s role is absolutely brilliant, as well as a lot of the narrating he has done for this movie.
If you want to have a look into the lives of a 70’s psychonaut, this movie probably does the job.
Why is this a good stoner movie?
I personally never watched the movie sober, even then I can really suggest this movie. It’s more of a psychedelic movie, but the movie’s humor makes it also an excellent stoner movie, which contains enough fucked up scenes that will make you think. If they would smoke more weed in this movie, I’d given it a 10/10.
* The Stoner Rating used below is a way of rating movies which for the greater public aren’t good movies, but are ideal watches for stoners. Since some movies are simply better to be watched stoned. Also used for our Ultimate Complete Stoner Movies List.