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Pineapple Express
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Directed By
David Gordon Green

Written By:
Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Judd Apatow

Cast:
Seth Rogen, James Franco, Amber Heard, Bill Hader, James Remar, Gary Cole, Rosie Perez, Danny McBride, Nora Dunn, Joe Lo Truglio, Craig Robinson, Ken Jeong, Peter Lewis, Jeanetta Arnette, Brian Scannell, Mandy Henderson, Rio Ahn, Adam Crosby, Robert Longstreet, Robert Overmyer, Jonathan Spencer, Eddie Rouse, Jourdan Lee Khoo, Sam Carson, Arthur Napiontek, Tom McComas, Sam Carson

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Pineapple Express (2008)
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Movie Review by Chris
December 20th, 2008

'Pineapple Express' is a funny attempt at the stoner/buddy comedy/action film we can all enjoy. Produced by Judd Apatow, who recently has lived on just producing big comedy titles like Superbad and Drillbit Taylor. Written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the film tackles a few different genres while aiming to make the audience laugh, the kind of little laugh we can all enjoy. It's also an action movie as well, there's shootouts and car chases, a little violence in there to. Some critics claimed the movie to be ultra violent, a statement I cant agree with. This is a funny movie and I think Zara had a point when she said to fully enjoy it you have to be a stoner, but I liked the little laughs and most of the film is fun enough for me to say that I liked it more then I usually enjoy buddy action movies.

Lazy court-process clerk and stoner Dale Denton has only one reason to visit his equally lazy dealer Saul Silver: to purchase weed, specifically, a rare new strain called Pineapple Express. But when Dale becomes the only witness to a murder by a crooked cop and the city's most dangerous drug lord, he panics and dumps his roach of Pineapple Express at the scene. Dale now has another reason to visit Saul: to find out if the weed is so rare that it can be traced back to him--and it is. As Dale and Saul run for their lives, they quickly discover that they're not suffering from weed-fueled paranoia: incredibly, the bad guys really are hot on their trail and trying to figure out the fastest way to kill them both. All aboard the Pineapple Express.

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are responsible for the script of 'Pineapple Express'. Seth Rogen is a very funny actor but can really write a funny script. He hasnt written much but he has written a few episodes of Da Ali G Show, a comedy show on HBO starring Sacha Baren Cohen in many different roles interviewing important people. Seth and Evan worked together on Drillbit Taylor, a comedy released earlier in the year which wasnt even really funny at all. ' Pineapple Express' tries to tell it's audience a story of friendship and theyre are many scenes which show the characters coming back to save their friends in the hardest of times. When the film reaches the point of an action film, such as the scene where Saul steals a police car in order to save Dale, the scenes are exciting and funny.

In one scene where Saul steals a police car, slushee is spilled onto the windshield on the car, causing Saul to be blind behind the wheel of the car. With Dale locked up in the back of the police car, Saul proceeds to kick out the main windshield in order to see where theyre going. When he kicks his foot into the windshield just his foot goes through the window and he gets stuck. This is one of the funniest moments in the movie cause as Saul drives 60 miles per hour down a crowded street being chased by a cop, hes blind and has his foot through the windshield. A lot of the action in the movie has this comedical approach which deals with a character settling a fight or a chase by being stupid. Theyre stoners and this is their way of dealing with things. At times the movie can be considered violent, many people got shot accidentally and blood spurts from wounds, most of the time its CGI. Dale gets part of his ear shot off in one scene, its disgusting to watch but it provides many heavy belly laughs.

James Franco is absoulutely amazing as Saul, a drug dealer who ends up becoming best friends with Dale. Saul sits around his house all day and smokes weed, once in a while a loyal customer stops by and Saul gets some income. Now, since the character sits around all day and just smokes pot, we cant expect him to be normal or smart in any way. The way he resolves some of the situations he's put in is used by pure stupidity. Strangely enough, Franco nails the role with perfection. His body movements, the way his eyes look and even speech help the funny believability of the character. We all know Seth Rogen from Knocked Up, where he played his first major character role. Seth is a stupid man, a very funny stupid man. Dale is dating a teenage girl who is still in high school, he loves her and she wants to marry him. He also sits around and does drugs most of his day, but he delivers papers to people, very important papers. Seth is funny and I think this role is just right for him. He's a stand out guy who knows how to be a real stoner.

'Pineapple Express' is a funny movie with some errors here and there. It's not a comedy classic but it's a memorable film with plenty of funny moments. Check it out, It's worth the time.

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