Smoke them, snort them, shoot them, swallow them. No matter how they’re consumed, drugs are everywhere in movies. And in this new two-and-a-half-minute supercut, Jorge Luengo Ruiz gets us hooked on Hollywood highs.
The earliest film Ruiz includes is “Easy Rider” from 1969. The most recent is Scorsese’s 2013 flick, “The Wolf of Wall Street.” If you’re going to make a supercut that details drug use over a 44-year span of cinema, I can’t think of two better films to bookend the short. The “Easy Rider” New Orleans cemetery acid trip scene induces a second-hand high upon every viewing, and no one did drugs to such excess in recent movie history as Jordan Belfort and his fraternity of stock-brokers.
Naturally, “Requiem for a Dream” — Darren Aronofsky’s tale of addiction gone horribly wrong, which is a thousand times more effective at turning teens off of drugs than any D.A.R.E. class could ever hope to be — is in there. And what strung-out supercut would be complete without “Trainspotting,” “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” or “Scarface”?
Even some comedies make the cut, some of which are about drug antics, and a few that aren’t. “Harold and Kumar” and “Half Baked” solidly represent the buddy druggie comedies, while “Zombieland” and “Airplane” both make appearances on behalf of the not-strictly-stoner offerings.
Take a hit below, and let everything else slip away for 150 seconds.