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Pineapple Express (2008)


Basically if you smoke weed, you’re going to have a bangin’ time.

After witnessing a murder involving a corrupt cop (Rosie Perez) and a drug kingpin (Gary Cole), straitlaced pothead Dale Denton (Seth Rogen) must go on the run with his dealer (James Franco) to escape the wrath of vengeance-minded criminals.

Many people have problems with stoner comedies because they say their only funny if your baked. However, that’s not usually the case especially here.

I have seen this film numerous times, and I can easily say that seeing it high, you will be laughing your ass off at almost every single line somebody says. Now, for all you sober bulls out there this will actually be funny to you as well, because not all the comedy is stupid, there is some actual wit to it here, and even though this film is quoted non-stop by every kid/stoner I know, the quotes never get old and really are funny.

The action here is also good, and as the plot moves on, so does more detail and more action which will keep anyone interested. I have to give props to director David Gordon Green who hasn’t done anything close to action at all in his career, but makes these sequences fun to watch and work well for the non-high people watching.

However, the main problem here is that although the idea is solid, it all just does seem a bit too messy. The action is good, and the comedy will keep you laughing, but the problem is that the violence is a little too gory, and in-your-face to actually be funny for the most part. The ending is chaotic and fun, but I couldn’t help but think there is a lot of crazy killing going on here, and a lot of blood too. Where is the funniness in any of that? Maybe, I’m just a bit of a softy sometimes, but this seemed a little bit too much of a stretch for me.

Seth Rogen is playing his usual character he plays in every movie again as here as Dale Denton, but it doesn’t get old. Rogen still has a lot of funny lines here, and gives his character that likability that is almost a signature in Rogen’s performances. James Franco absolutely steals the show as the coolest drug-dealer in the world, Saul Silver. I’m glad that James has so much hype around him now, and isn’t just “Harry from Spider-Man” anymore. He’s very convincing as this total pothead, and just carries this overall coolness about him that works through the whole film. Rogen and Franco play well with each-other on screen, and contribute to a lot more laughs than I actually expected from these two. Danny McBride also pops up as Red, and just keeps the one-liners coming the whole time. The bad guys in this movie are also good such as Gary Cole, Rosie Perez, Kevin Corrigan, and the always funny, Craig Robinson.

Consensus: The combination of a stoner comedy and a action film may not work out the best, but their are enough gags, and good action scenes to keep any viewer, stoned or not stoned, entertained.

8/10=Matinee!!

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11 responses to “Pineapple Express (2008)

  1. Steven Flores May 23, 2011 at 4:19 am

    I like this film a lot. It’s funny as hell. It’s got some great action sequences and most of all. It actually has some compositions and direction that makes it a bit different. This was when Green was still in filmmaking mode which I think he’s lost recently with Your Highness.

    Dude needs to leave Hollywood right now.

  2. jarwatchesfilms May 23, 2011 at 5:00 am

    Kevin Corrigan is way underappreciated! Just watched “Big Fan”, he was the best actor in it

  3. Castor May 23, 2011 at 5:29 am

    I thought it was amusing but I didn’t think it was all that hilarious. Seth Rogen and James Franco are nicely cast though.

  4. Nostra May 23, 2011 at 5:44 am

    It’s a funny film, although it’s been ages since I’ve seen. My first company car that I got was a Daewoo Lanos (waiting for my ordered car to arrive), so the shot towards the end was comedy gold for me.

    • CMrok93 May 23, 2011 at 3:51 pm

      Haha what a legendary ride. I wish I actually had one of them man!

      • Nostra May 23, 2011 at 6:06 pm

        Yep, the funny thing is I got in on the day I started and two collegues of mine got the exact same car. It was my first car and none of my friends started working yet, so everyone thought it was a cool car :)

  5. 5plitreel May 25, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    I had fun with this, but I think it sort of lost its stride by the end part’s too long action sequences. Many laugh out loud moments though, and Franco was a surprise hit.

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