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Pineapple Express (Unrated + BD Live) (2008)

Action & Adventure movie directed by David Gordon Green

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This slacker drug buddy flick hits a hilarious groove early on and holds onto it until fizzling out in the big bang finale

  • Jul 2, 2009
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 hokey and intense plot to drive the climax, instead of allowing character to drive the drama, I was hooked and grinning. Yeah, I wouldn't hang out with these guys. But they were a lot of fun to watch, and I found it hilariously plausible that the first half of the film would leave them in denial about the seriousness of the situation they'd fallen into.

The mood and pacing of the first half was perfect. I loved the opening scene, that established a connection between this slacker comedy and the classic film noir, and made it quickly clear that the drug driving the drama of this film has effects that are incongruous with the desperate intensity that ordinarily dominates the crime film. It's hard to emote paranoid desperation when you're "chilling" and "mellow." The bromantic tension between Seth Rogen and James Franco is perfect - though it struck me that Franco is a far superior actor. Nearly every other role is perfectly cast, though the Korean druglords were nothing more than stereotypes and Rosie Perez has seen much better days.

All in all, this was a fun watch for the right mood - though the final showdown was just silly and was already done much better in Hot Fuzz. Nothing original here, but proves that David Gordon Green can do slacker comedy as well as he can do arty and profound.

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review by . April 26, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
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 . 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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