Though different in tone and execution ‘High Maintenance’ and ‘Mary + Jane’ depict the ordinariness of pot use.
(ed: and of course one of the best/funniest stoner-movies is the brilliant ‘withnail and i’..that ‘lost weekend’ in the country..)
‘High Maintenance’ in contrast welcomes many more smokers and cultures under its tent and spends more time with the buyers as opposed to the dealer – known only as The Guy (Ben Sinclair – who co-created the series with his wife Katja Blichfeld).
One quality shared by both series is that their scripts defy the classic depiction of marijuana users as slovenly sleepy-eyed simpletons searching for the answers to the universe’s mysteries under their fingernails.
Sinclair and Blichfeld expressly made it a point to contradict that stereotype – in fact; their central mandate is to show cannabis use as a mundane part of life – serving a variety of purposes in a multitude of settings.
Sinclair’s The Guy is a tall thin shaggy bicyclist who deliver edibles flowers and vape cartridges to customers living all over New York City.