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Three reasons Hollywood stopped making stoner comedies

Nov 23, 2021
Consider that The Hangover II grossed US$581 million in global ticket sales, a healthy return on its US$80 million dollar budget. Unfortunately, the writing has been on the wall for sto ...

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Over the past several years, cult classic stoner comedies such as Superbad and The Hangover seem to have become rarities. The lack of these sorts of comedies is somewhat surprising, and certainly disappointing, given how big a deal they were for many moviegoers a decade or so ago.

Consider that The Hangover II grossed US$581 million in global ticket sales, a healthy return on its US$80 million dollar budget.

Unfortunately, the writing has been on the wall for stoner comedies for a while now. Here are just a few reasons why Hollywood has left weed-heavy comedies by the wayside.

Since Phase One of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) kicked off with Iron Man back in 2008, it’s been no secret that superhero movies would be the next blockbuster movie genre. On just a US$141 million dollar budget, Iron Man took in more than $585 million globally.

The public’s appetite for new stories and characters on the silver screen doesn’t appear to be waning any time soon either. In 2021 alone, the MCU released three different films, in the process making matters worse for comedy fans since many of these films incorporate enough humour for most casual moviegoers to fill the void left, in part, by the dearth of stoner comedies.

Another reason stoner comedies aren’t as popular as they once were relates to how different things are today from when the genre was at its peak. Simply put, writing comedies has become more difficult and writers haven’t been able to adjust writing styles to fit the times while still making audiences laugh like they once did.

That has led to more emphasis being placed on other genres, including action, horror and romance. While those genres are thriving, stoner comedy fans are left to wonder how long they’ll have to wait for the next cult classic.

Since major movie studios have put their focus and investment into other genres, it’s tougher for writers to get the traction necessary for their films to go into production. That relegates them to streaming platforms like Hulu and Netflix.

While this is certainly an alternative, the problem with being limited to streaming is that most people are likely going to scroll right past those films, perhaps perpetuating the narrative of some that people just aren’t interested in funny movies anymore.

That continues to make fans wonder how long it will take before major studios refocus their attention on the stoner comedies that introduced moviegoers to beloved personalities like Seth Rogan and Jonah Hill.

While time will tell if the public appetite for stoner comedies builds once again, the best thing that moviegoers can do may be to reminisce on the classics now available via streaming.

But given the talented crop of actors in Hollywood who would excel in stoner comedy roles, fans should continue to hold out hope that major movie studios will eventually reinvest resources back into this genre.

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