The latest bro-mance from team Apatow (the guys who brought usSuperbad,Knocked UpandThe 40-Year-Old Virgin),Pineapple Expressis the story of Dale Denton (Seth Rogan) and Saul Silver (James Franco), a pothead and his dealer who accidently get caught up in a drug war between two gangs with some corrupt cops, high-school girls and small-time henchmen thrown in for good measure. At its core,Pineapple Expressis a stoner comedy--a tale of two semi-slow giggling and loveable idiots inwayover their heads--this formula has made for some entertaining comedy over the years, Cheech and Chong'sUp in Smokeand Dave Chappell'sHalf Bakedbeing two of the best examples. What setsPineapple Expressapart from these silly classics however, is the consistency of the humor, the perfect chemistry between Rogan and Franco and the giddily ridiculous action sequences (and the fact that even mild intoxication is not required to enjoy the humor). The movie retains the sweetness that is present in most of Apatow's films, making the characters’ poor choices and ultra-violent actions somehow justifiable, or at least relatable. The site gags, pop-culture references and perfectly timed non-sequiturs only enhance the hilarity. Director David Gordon Green, known mostly for the understated and reflective filmsGeorge WashingtonandAll the Real Girls, seemed like an odd choice for such a raucous and over-the-top comedy, but it turns out Green's stamp is all over this film (as is his long-time cinematographer, Tim Orr) who together manage to turnPineapple Expressinto much more than the sum of its parts. --Kira Canny
Judd Apatow started a sort of comedic revolution with 40 Year Old Virgin. He took crude language and sexualized humor to a new level. And most of the films written, produced or directed by him since aren't exactly that bad. There are some really good ones (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and then you get some of the terrible ones (Drillbit Taylor). Pineapple Express falls somewhere inbetween. It isn't exactly terrible. There are some funny parts, but where Pineapple … more
The biggest setback is really that the movie just includes too much that doesn't need to be there. Aside from that, it's really not a "bad" film, just one that hardly lives up to the comedic fun of some of the other movies produced by the Apatow gang.
I didn't expect much going into this, but I did have some reason to hope. I'm not a big fan of the "lets see how many people I can offend before I appeal to their tender sensibilities" vibe that drives most of Judd Apatow's productions. Still, I am a big fan of the director, David Gordon Green, whose George Washington and All the Real Girls are among the very best American independent films of the last decade. I was, on the whole, quite satisfied. Until it got over the top and allowed the artificially … more
I really wanted to like this movie. Wanted to laugh, I love Seth Rogen, he's a funny man. Stoner humor can be pretty funny, I have no particular dislike for that type of humor. It's just sad how this film wanders around doing mostly nothing. By happenstance Seth and James Franco miss getting killed one bumbling moment after the other. There just aren't enough funny jokes along the way to keep this one interesting. The film is maybe an hour too long. Rosie Perez, Ed Begley … more
Holy cow what a mixed up movie, but I loved nearly every minute. From comedy to violent action flick, pineapple express does not disappoint. Seth Rogen in my opinion is already a classic movie actor. Long live Seth. Also I was very happy to see James Franco drop the macho man persona and become a loveable dingbat pot head. Rewatch Factor: 4 Stars