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Listicle: Films to Watch on 4/20

4/20 themed film reel
4/20 themed film reel By Angel Zhang
By J.J. Moore, Crimson Staff Writer

The best, unofficial holiday is just around the corner! As this Saturday, April 20, approaches, so does the excitement for 4/20 — a day that celebrates chill vibes and good times. It’s a day when people come together to unwind — whether that means finding a peaceful spot outdoors or kicking back at home with a movie; picking the right movie is key to maximizing the 4/20 experience. From comedies and dramas to something more offbeat, there’s something out there to suit every taste. As the big day draws near, it’s time to get prepared. Stock up on snacks and get ready to relax, because on 4/20, it’s all about taking it easy and enjoying the moment.

“House Party” – Reginald Hudlin ’83 (1990)

This classic comedy captures the essence of youthful exuberance and the joy of letting loose with friends, which makes it an ideal choice for anyone looking to celebrate 4/20 in style. “House Party” has an infectious soundtrack, lively dance sequences, and hilarious antics that create an atmosphere of pure fun and camaraderie that perfectly complements the spirit of the holiday. As viewers follow the misadventures of Kid (Christopher Reid) and Play (Christopher Martin) on their quest to throw the ultimate house party, movie goers are treated to a nostalgic journey filled with laughter and heartwarming moments. So, as you gear up for this National Holiday, consider adding "House Party" to your watchlist for a dose of retro charm and feel-good entertainment that's sure to enhance your celebration.

“The Big Lebowski” — The Coen Brothers (1998)

"The Big Lebowski" is a perfect film for 4/20 because it is all about taking it easy and enjoying the moment — central themes of the unofficial holiday. With the film’s laid-back protagonist, The Dude (Jeff Bridges), navigating a series of absurd misadventures while maintaining his zen-like demeanor, “The Big Lebowski” captures the spirit of the holiday’s carefree essence. Plus, its quirky humor and eccentric characters provide the perfect backdrop for a chill viewing experience, making it an ideal choice for anyone looking to kick back and unwind. Adding to its allure, the Coen Brothers’ signature style infuses the film with a unique blend of surrealism and noir elements, creating a truly one-of-a-kind cinematic experience that elevates it to cult status among audiences.

“Sorry to Bother You” — Boots Riley (2018)

"Sorry to Bother You" captures the essence of this day with its perfect medley of humor and social commentary. Set in present-day Oakland, the film follows Cassius Green (LaKeith Stanfield), a young African American telemarketer, as he navigates the absurdities of corporate culture and the struggle for economic survival. This film challenges conventions and invites viewers to expand their minds while still maintaining a laid-back vibe. “Sorry to Bother You” delves into themes of identity, capitalism, and social commentary, all while maintaining a comedic and surreal atmosphere. Its offbeat humor and unconventional storytelling make it a perfect fit for those seeking something a bit different to complement their 4/20 celebrations.

“Dazed and Confused” — Richard Linklater (1993)

“Dazed and Confused” embodies this holiday with its laid-back vibe and nostalgic depiction of teenage rebellion and camaraderie. Taking place on the last day of school in 1976, the film follows a diverse cast of characters navigating adolescence while celebrating the freedom of youth. The film is a slice-of-life portrayal of high school antics and coming-of-age experiences that comes across as both timeless and relatable. Featuring breakout performances from a young ensemble cast including Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, and Parker Posey, along with the skilled direction from Richard Linklater, the film exudes authenticity and charm. With an iconic soundtrack, memorable quotes, and a genuine portrayal of teenage life, “Dazed and Confused” transports viewers to a simpler time where every moment feels like an adventure waiting to unfold. The film offers a chance to reminisce about carefree days gone by and make watchers feel “alright alright alright.”

“Enter the Void” — Gaspar Noé (2009)

Gaspar Noé’s film takes viewers on a hallucinatory journey through the neon streets of Tokyo as the piece explores themes of life, death, and the afterlife in a mesmerizing and thought-provoking way. The film’s immersive visuals and unconventional narrative style, told from the perspective of a disembodied soul witnessing the aftermath of their demise, challenge viewers to question reality and experience existence in a whole new light. For audiences seeking a cinematic adventure that pushes the boundaries of perception, “Enter the Void” provides the perfect escape. Whether looking to ponder the mysteries of the universe or simply lose oneself in a mesmerizing visual experience, this film offers something for everyone.

“How High” — Jesse Dylan (2001)

Jesse Dylan’s “How High” is a hilarious and irreverent comedy that is tailor-made for 4/20. This cult classic follows two underachieving stoners, played by Method Man and Redman, who miraculously get perfect scores on their college entrance exams after smoking a special strain of marijuana that allows them to communicate with the ghost of a deceased friend. As they navigate the ups and downs of college life, they inadvertently become campus legends while hilariously challenging authority every step of the way. Filled with outrageous antics, memorable one-liners, and a generous dose of drug-fueled humor, “How High” is the ultimate film for anyone looking to kick back, relax, and laugh until they embody the protagonists themselves.

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