As Mr Nice trips into cinemas, we take a look at some other drug inspired flicks to get you in the mood
Johnny Depp stars delivers a masterful performance as George Jung, a New Englander who finds his “niche” in southern California during the 1960s. Not wanting to end up a poor working stiff like his father Fred (Ray Liotta), George begins dealing in marijuana and then the more lucrative cocaine (blow), eventually becoming one of the major drug dealers in the United States. Alongside Depp, Penelope Cruz, Franka Potente, Rachel Griffiths, Paul Reubens and Jordi Molla all deliver mind-blowing (not to mention altering…) support.
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Andrew McCarthy stars as Clay Easton, a college frosh who returns home to Los Angeles for the Christmas holidays. Here he encounters his ex-gal pal Blair (Jami Gertz) who has hooked up with his old high school buddy and cocaine junkie Julian Wells (Robert Downey Jr.). Julian, along with Jami, are underwater in drugs, with the former owing $50,000 to dealer Rip (James Spader). Blow, crack cocaine, speed and heroin are the drugs of choice in this film, which ends tragically when Julian dies of an overdose as the trio flee L.A. Robert Downey Jr., who battled a real-life drug addiction, turns in a gripping performance as a cocaine junkie truly down and out in Beverly Hills. Nobody does suburban drug culture better than Brett Easton Ellis!
Illlegal drugs kick start this classic road movie from the Woodstock era when Wyatt (Peter Fonda) and Billy (Dennis Hopper) score a lucrative cocaine deal with their connection (Phil Spector) in Los Angeles. The pot-smoking duo then hit the road, picking up alcoholic lawyer George Hanson (Jack Nicholson) along the way. Both Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper were stoned and/or drunk during most of filming, with the pair (along with Jack Nicholson) smoking real marijuana for their camping scene. That’s dedication!
Part stoner buddy comedy, part action flick, – but guaranteed to deliver laughs as it follows dealer and pothead in an unlikely adventure. Starring Seth Rogen as pot consumer Dale to James Franco’s pot dealer Saul, the two potheads end up on the run from a bad cop (Rosie Perez) and drug lord (Gary Cole) after Saul is witness to a murder. Seth Rogan naturally draws on his stoner experience and James Franco shows a funnier side over some of his serious roles.