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Pineapple Express (Unrated + BD Live) (2008)

Action & Adventure movie directed by David Gordon Green

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  • Apr 26, 2010
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 Express falters the most is where very Apatow movie falters the most.  It's a strange movie.  You'll be impressed by people like James Franco, but Pineapple Express is no where near as good as some of the other things produced by the Apatow Gang.

Pineapple Express centers on two idiots.  The first is Dale (Seth Rogen) who spends a lot of time getting high and enjoying it.  He has a job delivering subpeona's to people.  As usual, Seth Rogen plays a loser guy down on his luck.  The second idiot is his drug dealer.  A guy named Saul (James Franco).  Saul has gotten a hold of this new type of weed called Pineapple Express, which he sells to Dale.  While Dale happens to be parked along the curb one day, he decides to light a joint... only to be scared out of his mind when a police officer pulls up behind him.  He thinks he's in trouble, but she doesn't notice.  Instead the officer goes into the house and takes part in a murder.  Dale, being a witness quickly drives away... except he leaves some evidence that shows he's been there.  Eventually Dale and Saul will get themselves wrapped up in some bizarre plot that involves fighting a bunch of gangsters... while smoking weed.

Pineapple Express has some funny moments and James Franco is a treat in what is otherwise a movie that's not nearly as entertaining as it could be.  You get a couple of funny moments that are provided more so by James Franco than any other.  Pineapple Express is, above all else, a bromance comedy.  It's something that, after a while, the movie will really start beating into you.  The amount of bromantic jokes and gay jokes will, after a while, get incredibly annoying.  By the end of the movie they've about worn out when they take the bromance to the point of ridiculous proportions.  There's so much dialog that can be interpreted that perhaps Dale and Saul are really just two closet cases.  The movie just goes on with the gay jokes (I'm sorry, "bromance" jokes) for far too long.

There's a lot of humor and violence.  Though these aren't a problem, the humor eventually gets so over the top near the movie's end that it's actually not funny because it's spent so much time trying to be as over the top and bombastic as it could possibly be.  There's some fun to be had from Pineapple Express, sure, but for some odd reason many of its comedic moments simply aren't that funny.  The writing isn't as sharp and clever as it appears to be.  The over-the-top moments (which come mostly at the end) don't help things.

The biggest setback to Pineapple Express, strangely enough, the editing.  Not the cuts or anything... but just how damn LONG the movie is.  Judd Apatow produced movies have always had a problem with this sort of thing.  They're all too long, but Pineapple Express takes the cake for having more useless and annoying scenes than any other movie out there.  There are far too many extended just so that someone could have their little joke.  The ending, as I said, is incredibly over the top, but Pineapple Express is also full of scenes that aren't really necessary.  The opening sequences, for example, has absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the movie.  For some odd reason we have to watch Saul have a drug deal in front of Seth Rogen's character (as if the movie didn't pound into our head enough that he IS a drug dealer).  We have to watch as the two are stuck in the woods and tell a bunch of jokes that, after a while, become old.  Even Pineapple Express's most comedic moment gets dragged out too long.

The strangest part about Pineapple Express's absurd length?  The movie is only about an hour and fifty minutes... and it still feels like it should be cut down.  Not because it's too long, but because it's too superfluous.  So were these scenes stretched out for the sake of making sure the movie was long enough?  Or because the producers were becoming a little indulgent?  Who kows.  The longest moment that could've been cut down is, of course, the end.  Much of what you see on screen in Pineapple Express just doesn't have a whole lot to do with the rest of the movie.

It can be an enjoyable film, if you've got patience and if you don't mind some of the absurdity and the obnoxious nature of it all.  It's easy to be charmed by James Franco because he does such a good job, at least.  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.

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May 03, 2010
Parts of this film were truly hilarious, but once it stopped being a comedy and turned into an action flick, I felt really let down. I agree with your overall rating. Seems very fair.
April 26, 2010
Good review I never really liked this one it just seemed too stupid to me like it was going nowhere. But good work anyways.
April 26, 2010
I haven't seen this yet; so maybe I'll have to wait for it on cable. Great review!
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Quick Tip by . July 19, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
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.
Quick Tip by . July 20, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Who knew marijuana could be such serious business? Not a huge fan of Seth Rogen but it was entertaining.
review by . July 02, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
review by . January 30, 2009
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 …
review by . January 09, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
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
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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 ...
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Director: David Gordon Green
Genre: Comedy
DVD Release Date: January 6, 2009
Runtime: 117 minutes
Studio: Sony Pictures
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