'Your Highness' to 'Up in Smoke': Pot movie highlights for 4/20
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By Glenn Whipp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
As 4/20 comes around once again, it's as good a time as any to honor cinema's under-celebrated legacy of pot on film and celebrate just how far it's come.
"Your Highness", in theaters now, isn't just any stoner comedy. It's a medieval-fantasy-romance stoner comedy starring this year's Academy Award-winning lead actress Natalie Portman and lead actor nominee/show co-host James Franco, who, coincidentally or not, was assumed by some to be completely baked during the Oscar broadcast.
So, even without seeing questing knights Danny McBride and Franco passing the pipe and "sharing a vision" with a freaky-looking puppet, you know "Your Highness" is blazing a trail far, far away from the days when the 1936 cautionary anti-weed camp classic "Reefer Madness" warned of the dangers (Infidelity! Murder! Hot jazz!) awaiting those who puff the magic dragon.
Yes, cannabis cinema has come a long way. Let's look at the recent highlights (or lowlights, if you are not inclined to celebrate 4/20 as if it were a national holiday).
Photos: Stoner Cinema
Photo: Natalie Portman, left, Danny McBride, James Franco and Zooey Deschanel in "Your Highness." Credit: Frank Connor / Universal Pictures / MCT