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Cinema's greatest stoner hero: Spicoli or The Dude?

In honor of 4/20 we're asking: who is cinema's greatest stoner hero? (Fear not, we've got Cheech and Chong covered here.) Sean Penn's portrayal of Jeff Spicoli in "Fast Times At Ridgemont High" immortalized the shaggy-haired stoner surfer archetype, and his bogus battle with history teacher Mr. Hand inspired a generation. But Jeff Bridges' role as The Dude made "The Big Lebowski" a cinematic touchstone for potheads and Eagles fans alike. Who is the silver screen's greatest stoner hero?🏄 🎳 🌳

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He's become an archetype, but Rolling Stone points out that at the time, Jeff Spicoli was a fresh take on the pothead icon. 🏄
Sean Penn's performance is based as much on SoCal beach bums as high-school burnouts, but Spicoli's lateness, spaciness, and in-class munchies still mark him as a connoisseur of the green. (Say it with us: "That was my skull! I'm so wasted!") With Fast Times, director Amy Heckerling and writer Cameron Crowe created a new kind of stoner stereotype for the 1980s. They moved away from the tie-dyed granola vibe, instead depicting bud-lovers as preternaturally chill dudes who stay centered even while their peers and teachers are stressed. That's what makes Spicoli so funny and so weirdly admirable — accent on the weird. 
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In many ways, Sean Penn's surfer dope fiend is the highlight of the film.

Penn’s Spicoli is a benchmark stoner character, up there in the pot-lined hall of fame alongside people like the Dude in The Big Lebowski and Slater in Dazed and Confused. Penn seemed to throw himself fully into the role, Crowe says, wearing his character’s checkerboard Vans every day and refusing to let people call him by his real name.
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But the Coen Brothers put an unmistakably edgy, indie spin on the stoner hero, even as they remained true to the archetype's form. Bridges' comfy cardigans, his love of bowling and White Russians and rugs that tie the room together—all instantly iconic. If The Dude did not exist, stoners would've had to invent him. 🎳 

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The Dude has inspired AN ACTUAL RELIGION. Yes, you can become a “Dudeist Minister.” That's another level of fandom!!

So loyal are fans of The Big Lebowski, and the film’s cult status is so strong, a series of annual festivals take place in major cities across the US. Fans gather at Lebowski Fests to meet stars and bit players in the movie, sip “Caucasians” (White Russians), and share the joy of watching their favorite film together on the big screen.
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Cinema's greatest stoner hero: Spicoli or The Dude?
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A festive crown for the winner
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