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It's odd, but I thought I'd seen this a while ago. It wasn't until a friend was talking about it the other day that I realised I hadn't! With some cast remembers I quite like, and a rather 'laidback' premise, I knew this would be at least a reasonably entertaining watch. It wasn't always the sharpest in humour, but as far as drug-related comedies go, it was easy to sit through and packed in some action towards the end to make sure viewers were still awake too.
Pineapple Express was directed by David Gordon Green, who has produced/directed several pieces such as The Sitter and Your Highness, though Pineapple Express is the first one chronologically that I recognise. Seth Rogan played a part in the writing, which is interesting to know but unsurprising when you watch the film and catch the style of comedy.
This falls within the comedy genre and introduces us to Dale Denton, a process server with a girlfriend in high school and little else going on in his life except for the highs of weed. With an impending visit to his girlfriend's parents weighing on his mind, he makes a visit to his lazy bum of a drug dealer, Saul Silver, who hooks him up with something a little bit extra special. Claiming to be the only one with access to it aside from the big boss he bought it from, Saul treats Dale to the newest, most awesome strain of weed on the block: Pineapple Express. It definitely is some good weed, but whilst smoking it in his car Dale witnesses a murder. It's a crime he wishes he didn't see because it seemed to involve a cop and a bad-ass drug lord murdering his competition. Fearing he was going to get caught, he ditches the roach and leaves pronto, then worries they've seen him and will track him down. The stupid thing is, the weed he left behind is enough to track Saul to the crime scene and by association Dale because the weed is so rare.
The rest of the film then basically sees Dale and Saul, a witness to a crime and a man who now knows about the crime, go on the run from these bad guys who are keen to track them down. Along the way they meet others involved in the Pineapple Express and murder web, each who seem to have their own agendas and vendettas. The question is, can these two stoner bums, with the power of the few brain cells they share between them (though Dale obviously owns the majority!) outrun these bad guys and stay alive?
Pineapple Express is a bit of a stoner film in the sense that it's very laid back and takes an easy going approach to smoking weed, though you could argue there's a moral in there somewhere because of all of the violence and murder that ensues as a result of the drug. You get the clichéd stoner attitude and lifestyle portrayed by Saul, which is quite entertaining to watch, and the less-expected user experience from Dale, who seemingly has quite an important job going around to people and telling them 'you've been served'. He seems intelligent enough to get by but enjoys a relaxed approach to life, and it's actually quite calming and refreshing to watch.
The comedy is a mix of stoner-related lightness, in-your-face stupidity and a smidge of sarcasm. They make fun of the fact that these are just two regular guys, not beefed up super-quick or super-intelligent ninjas capable of running from the bad guys or beating them down in a well-choreographed fight scene. They stumble around and act as you would expect realistically, which was quite amusing in itself. I wouldn't say I found it laugh out loud funny, but it was entertaining enough for me for the most part, though on occasion I found a scene or two to stretch a little too long and thus become a little over-baked.
Pineapple Express also throws in a good amount of action, particularly towards the end, with fight scenes and explosions and all sorts of stupidity. It manages to keep the tempo reasonable and make sure we're still awake at the end by giving that sucker punch through cars exploding and people being killed in ridiculous ways.
The cast includes Seth Rogan and James Franco as Dale and Saul respectively, the film's protagonists. Then there's Danny McBride (Red, another druggie), Gary Cole (Ted, drug lord), Craig Robinson (Matheson) and Amber Heard (the girlfriend, Angie) amongst others. It's a pretty good line up with some familiar faces, and each seem to fit their role quite well and make the characters interesting.
All in all, this is a light-hearted drug-related romp that I found entertaining and easy enough to watch. It wasn't challenging to watch so it didn't require too many brain cells, and whilst it wasn't the wittiest or most intelligently written flick, it provided the expected levels of amusing with a cast I enjoyed.
DVD released 2009, running time 111 minutes, rated Certificate 15.
Selling on Amazon for £4.29.
Pineapple Express on DVD presented by Columbia pictures, this movie was created by the same people who release the movie Superbad. Starring actors Seth Rogen and James Franco and rated one of the funniest films in its year by top magazine Nuts.
The target audience I definitely feel would be anyone from the age of 15 to 40 as it is quite a modernised comedy, however I think people above these ages with an open mind could definitely be amused by this hysterical comedy. Rated as a 15 due to the strong language, drug use and violence. I definitely agree with the rating as the movie is based around the use, production and distribution of cannabis. There is also a lot of strong language and many scenes of violence, from 2 on 1 punch ups to blood splattering shootouts, the 15 rating definitely satisfies me.
With an average retail price of £5.00 it really is a complete bargain. Why waste £15.00 on a new film when you can purchase something that will probably make you laugh ten times more at a 3rd of the price. From the date I made the purchase I have watched it multiple times and it still has me entertained to this date, I may put it on tonight actually, it's that good. Back to the price, the movie really is a pocket saver if you need a film on short notice to watch with friends, I wouldn't recommend it as a family movie though.
The Main Plot
The main characters in the movie are a process server and a cannabis dealer. They love smoking weed and are extremely lazy. One day the laziness must stop though, as Dale (Seth Rogen) witnesses a murder carried out by a drug lord and a top police officer. Unfortunately for him the cannabis he just purchased was in fact one of a kind and his dealer is one of 2 dealers in the city to distribute it. Whilst watching the murder, Dale proceeds to flick a spliff out of the window and this is the only evidence needed for the drug lords to track him down. Following the murder Dale runs to his dealer Saul who immediately realises they are both in complete danger and will be killed unless they take action. On a mission to survive the couple get high providing ultimate hysteria for viewers. Everything seems fine when they are high but will they survive?
I believe the purpose of the movie is to create total hysteria and it does just that. So many scenes had me laughing the first time I watched it that I probably missed a third of the film it was honestly that good. There are some hilarious moments that only occur because they are slow and high. There is also a lot of action in the movie which just tops the humour of and makes it one of those all-time classics to watch in years to come.
In comparison to films of the same genre I would say it is second to none and if you haven't seen it, you are missing out! I would definitely encourage the purchase of this movie over any similar production. Seth Rogen pulls off a great performance, so funny I believe he could even do stand-up comedy.
Definitely a 5/5 you definitely cannot go wrong with this DVD if you love comedy and having a laugh with the people around you. If you don't find this film funny I think you may have lost all sense of humour. This is a movie that has me lost for words on where it could be improved therefore I will not be writing an improvement section. One of my favourites.
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FILM ONLY REVIEW
Dale Denton works as a process server and to make his job and life more interesting he smokes pot. He is on good terms with his dealer and as a result he gets invited in when he goes to get some more pot and gets to share a joint of new and exclusive Pineapple Express which dealer, Saul has been given to try. When Dale finally manages to leaves Sauls apartment he goes on his last job of the evening which is to serve Ted Jones with papers.
When outside Ted's house he witnesses Ted and a police woman murder a man and in a panic he throws the end of his joint out of the car window and tries to drive off, hitting several cars in the process and getting noticed by both Ted and the police woman. Ted rushes outside to see who saw the murder but luckily Dale manages to get away. Ted does however find the thrown joint and instantly knows it is Pineapple express as he is the producer of this new pot.
Ted soon calls his dealers and finds out about who has the Pineapple express which leads him to Saul and Dale and the chase is now on for Dale and Saul to escape from Ted and his men.
Will Dale and Saul survive or will Ted catch up with them and just what will the consequences be?
I was looking forward to seeing this film as it looked quite good in the trailers and showed some very funny moments. The film really was not a let down and both me and hubby enjoyed it. The storyline was good if not a little daft at times but taking everything into account and how this is a comedy then it was good and we enjoyed the storyline.
The lead role of Dale was played by Seth Rogen and he was super in the role, he managed to make his character likable despite the job he did and the fact he was addicted to pot, he really did make me feel sorry for him at times about the way his life was going and I did warm to him. He was portrayed as being slightly thick at times but this added to the humour of both the character and the story. He worked well and had a good chemistry with his dealer Saul, played by James Franco and they worked well together on screen and made their friendship believable. James also did a great job in portraying a doped up guy who had not got a clue what he was doing most of the time. He managed to bring a lot of fun to the film and I enjoyed how we did get a little bit of seriousness from him at times. The comedy which the pair made on screen together was really very good and enjoyable, none of there scenes seemed forced and they were very natural together.
We did have some good supporting actors in the film including, Danny McBride, Kevin Corrigan, Gary Cole and Rosie Perez. They all bough something different to the film and I enjoyed the diversity in their characters.
There are a lot of good funny parts in the film and these were mainly from Seth and James being on screen together, there was a natural chemistry between them both. We had a lot of visual gags too which involved Saul's dealer and he was another funny character who made me laugh out loud at times. I found the visual gags were much funnier than the spoken ones for the majority of the film.
The film is set in the present and based in America so no real effort was needed with the costumes and props area but they were all good and fitted in well with the film and all looked realistic and natural. There were one or two special effects used in the film and these were well made and blended well. The music was good and very current and made for good listening, I enjoyed the way the soundtrack added to the enjoyment of the film.
The running time of this film is 11 minutes and I found this to be a great length with the story moving at a good fast pace from start to finish, there was no point when I started to loose interest. The rate is a 15 and I do agree with this as the subject is drugs and there is some bad language used throughout. I think people aged between 15 and 30 will really enjoy this film and understand and connect with it more. The DVD can be bought for around £5 which I feel is a good price.
As this is a film only review there are no bonus features to speak about.
Overall I give this film a good strong 4/5 stars. I would have given it the full 5 if it had not had such a predictable ending, don't get me wrong it was still very enjoyable and fun to watch and I think this is ideal for the 15-30 years age market.
I watched this movie not quite sure what to expect and was very pleasantly surprised. I don't think this film created quite as much hysteria as movies like Superbad, but I definitely think it should have had more promotion as it turned out to be one of the funniest things I have watched. Everyone I have seen this movie with has also agreed!
Not only is this film hilarious, it's quite dry and the acting is spot on. It's all in all very well made and the story line is brilliant. This film may be classed as a 'stoner' movie of the Cheek and Chong era, but it's really more than that and it's humour is varied enough to reach a wider audience. However, the random, yet thrilling adventure the two main characters take you on are made that much funnier by the fact that these seemingly serious events are interpreted through a 'smoky-haze' shall we say. It's definitely worth a watch if you're up for a good laugh!
My husband has been on and on at me for ages to watch this film as he loves this sort of comedy, so we eventually watched it last night.
Pineapple Express is a film about Dale Denton (Seth Rogen), a guy who is constantly stoned on weed and on a new drug called Pineapple Express, that his dealer, Saul (James Franco), gave him to try.
When Dale witnesses a brutal murder by a big time drug dealer and a bad cop, he panics, chucks his spliff out the window and speeds off to Saul's house, drawing lots of attention to himself. Unluckily for him, the Pineapple Express drug is so rare that the murderers know exactly who it came from and set out to track Dale and Saul down.
I wasn't really looking forward to seeing this as I'm not a big of Seth Rogen as most of his films aren't really the type of humour that I most enjoy. This was just the same as his other films - full of very silly and slap-stick humour and none of it was at all realistic.
The two main characters, Dale and Saul, were stoned practically the entire way through the film so you don't really see any true emotions from them, only drug-fuelled emotions which means that they're always being silly, crazy and very over-the-top. I loved Saul's character the best as he was just so funny and being stoned made him very lovey-dovey and friendly, with a smile on his face the whole time. It did make them do some crazy things which is where most of the comedy comes from.
Overall, this was an OK film. It wasn't as funny as I thought it was going to be which was a little disappointing as most of Seth Rogen's films are usually laugh-out-loud funny. There were still a lot of funny moments in it but I just didn't find myself laughing as much as I thought I would.
For Seth Rogen fans and fans of this type of silly humour, this is a good enough film, but maybe a little average compared to his others though.
Dale Denton (Seth Rogen) is 25 and a process server; he delivers subpoenas to people dressed in various costumes to gain access to their places of work and into their life. Also in his life is his 18 year old girlfriend, whom is still at high school.
Dale is a little bit of a stoner and we watch him going to his dealer's house to pick up. Saul Silver (James Franco) works selling weed as a way to pay for his grandmother's nursing home. Saul introduces Dale to pineapple express, a new type of weed that is quite rare.
Dale goes off to deliver some more subpoenas and when he goes to deliver a subpoena to Ted Jones (Gary Cole) he witnesses him and a woman police officer (Carol - Rosie Perez) Murdering a guy. He quickly drives off, but in his stoned state he bashes into a few cars and makes quite a noticeable exit.
The first place he goes is to souls where he realises that he dropped the butt of his spliff and with Saul being the only one selling pineapple express they decide to get out of the house and they run away to the woods to get stoned.
What happens next, well you'll have to watch to find out!
I really liked Seth and James in this film, they are old films and have never been in a film together until now, only being in a TV show together. Their relationship is really believable and you watch them grow as friends while they are in hiding.
I've heard loads of bad things about this film because of the large amount of drug references in this film about drugs (the film is about drugs so its hard not to) I think that if you don't want to watch a film about weed then don't watch it, its pretty simple. By the age of 15 (the rating of this film) Kids know about weed and the dangers of it, they already have their personal opinions about it so its not really going to make them smoke it.
I love the humour in this film, I am a massive fan of the Seth Rogen films (well and himself) I love the kind of crude humour that is included in these films, its something that I personally find really funny.
I love the way that when they are stoned they are almost dysfunctional, this doesn't really help. I love the way that at one point Dale realises this and speaks about the fact that maybe they shouldn't be smoking but Saul doesn't really seem to have a problem with it.
I have watched this film now quite a few times as many of my friends like to choose it when they come round to watch a movie and everyone I know that has seen it has loved this movie. I think it appeals to everyone because of the silly nature off the film. You realise that it's not going to be a 'intelligent' film as soon as you see Seth Rogen on the cover.
There appear to be mixed reviews about this film, my opinion though is that you know with Seth Rogan what kind of film this is going to be and you get pretty much exactly that. I for one wasn't let down by this and actually thought it was fantastic, I hadn't laughed like I did in a long time!
The film is about two stoners, a guy and his dealer. The guy (Rogan) ends up witnessing a murder, he doesn't know what to do so he goes round to his dealers. They then end up fleeing and the story is all about the two of them and their quest to not get murdered.
The film has a lot of obvious humour but it is very funny. There is one part which I found very funny, Rogan is sick on the dealers printer. The dealer then says "you puked on my printer man....did you break it?". Some may not find this funny but I did. If you also think this is funny then I think you will like the film as it revolves around a lot of silly humour.
If you are looking for a deep and meaningful film this is not it, although you should know that just by seeing the actors and reading the back cover.
I would recommend this film to anyone in their 20's who likes a good laugh, if you don't take it seriously then it won't disapoint. I liked the film so much in the cinema that I then went and purchased it on DVD, well worth a place in my collection.
I had high expectations of this film, as every single person who has told me about it said it was a work of genius. I was a little bit dissapointed by it, just for the reason that I was expecting it to totally blow me away, when I only found it to be quite funny.
It is your basic stoner movie, it follows a guy who serves supeonas on people, who witnesses a murder, then runs to his dope dealer for cover. The murderer and his paid off cop then try to find them, wrongly thinking that he is some kind of criminal mastermind who outwits them at every turn, just through sheer luck. It follows the buddy movie plotline quite well, with a friendship forming through the terrible experience they go through.
I really like the man actor Seth Rogen, I think he's a likeable guy next door type character and the whole cast come across as genuinely funny people who seem to be ad-libing a lot of the dialouge. One cast member to look out for in particular is the dude stuck in the 80s with a flat-top who has conflicting issues with his partner's lack of dedication to being a bad a$$. There are some extremely quoteable lines that are funny simply because of the way they are delivered, but I couldn't help thinking that it could have been better? I guess it might help if you were stoned yourself!
David Gordon Green's Pineapple express has not had a single bad word spoken about it from anyone I know and have spoken to about it. Especially around boys who tend to favor the silly ways of the grown men still acting as though adolescent.
So where to start? The films main character Dale Denton is played by Seth Rogen, a now recognizable and respected comedy actor after his array of extra and main roles in such films as 'Super bad' and 'Knocked-up'.
He is a man who has a lot of different out-fits in his trunk as he is constantly 'serving' people and needs to lure people into a false sense of security so they trust to say who they actually are - this later becomes a problem after he witnesses a murder and the people who capture his car suspect of being a spy - this ultimately turns into a nightmare for him.
He is constantly stoned and it becomes painfully amusing when he and his drug dealer are trying to work out what to do in a state of complete paranoid confusion.
With out a shadow of a doubt James Franco who plays Saul the drug dealer is the funniest character. From Green Goblins son to a small time stoned, hippy drug dealer James Franco has steamed his way up in my books! His act is floorless and fits almost too comfortably into this role.
The two become mixed up in a gang fuelled war and their 'friend' Red played by new comer Danny McBride constantly bounces between 'best friends' and the betrayer which almost gets them killed several times. The fight scenes are classically covered in humor and tongue in cheek lines thorough-out its really a good one to watch with mates!
With a film devoted entirely around making you laugh it is a great watch. There are several endings also which can be seen on websites and on the extras disk also.
My favorite thing of this film is the dialogue; it is so funny the way Franco speaks and the constant difference and similarities between the two main characters which enthuses laughter through-out. Red is also got an amazing voice which leaks entertaining sarcasm.
I have just watched this on sky and wanted to give my take on this film. I have seen it at the cinema, as well as purchasing this as a present for my brother-in-law, who like myself has a liking for the new way of easy going comedy that is currently being championed from Seth Rogan.
Indeed he takes the lead here and his awkward ambling frame is again thrown in front of the camera to churn out another performance as someone who seems to be on his own journey through life in cruise control. His job involves issuing lawsuits to people and his pastime mainly involves smoking marijuana and seeing his girlfriend. Of course I won't reveal the reason why he is slightly wrong in his choices(plot/joke spoiler), needless to say a man of his age should know better.
Thrown in alongside him is green goblin junior James Franco and you might actually think that this is the first time they have performed together, but they are old friends. As another Judd Apatow movie, he kind of goes full circle with this casting, back to his roots as they both appeared in the early tv series "Freaks and Geeks, " which is Appatows first offering. This series had a cult following and was ruthlessly cancelled after one series despite there being a big following. Indeed if they showed it on tv it would shock a lot of people because there are a few familiar faces.
Anyhow I digress, in this movie Franco also plays a laid back layabout who is "self employed" and is initially an aquaintaince of Rogens. It begins in Franco's flat where through a turn of event, it goes from being a comedy and rapidly escalates into farce.
There is a turn in this film, after which an avalanche and storm begins leading to a conclusion. Amongst this though is a set of fringe characters, who have all flirted with the previous Apatow back-catalogue of movies. The two main characters have work to do to to get to an eventual conclusion but its not simple.
Its more of a caper, but amongst all the marijuana, its hard to see how they even manage to function. Not quite Harold and Kumar this pairing are complete bufoons yet they are completely self aware of the absurdity of their predicament. What Appatows consciously attempts to do here is blatantly blend genres and mix things up.
The same way Sean of the Dead was hard to categorise, equally so is Pineapple Express because it waivers from a comedy, to a crimethriller to a buddy movie.In actaual fact it is a bit of a mess, but well orchestrated.
In line with Appatow though, there are not so many funny one liners instead there are funny moments. He tries to create the absurd not from using catphrases, of course with the exception of Mclovin, but with the characters and the lilting dialogue.
To summarise this is an out and out buddy movie, with aspirations to be a comedy but as day job as a thriller. It seems to work and is worth a watch but you have to be in the right mood, as in places the dialogue is very basic. Oh and it also stars Rosie Perez, just thought I'd throw that in.
Pineapple Express was a funnier film than I expected it to be especially as I tend to find Seth rogan films a bit hit and miss at times. The film focuses on stoner style humour and while this is hardly original the fast pace of the film and the constant gag fest that takes place means that it does work and it is an amusing comedy.
Seth Rogan plays Dale Denton who is in his twenties, he is a total waster who enjoys spending his time smoking with his dealer buddy who is the only supplier of the fabled Pineapple Express brand that has rather potent powers. His local dealer buddy is called Saul and is played by James Franco another big user of his own product.
Dale gets the job of delivering court papers to a drug dealer called Ted Jones who is played by Gary Cole and while doing this he sees Jones kill someone with the assistance of his girlfriend who is a police officer. Soon both he and Saul are being hunted down by the drug dealer and his cronies with the help of the police. They are identified as the witnbesses as they leave some of their merchandise at the scene and everyone knows that Saul is the sole supplier.
What follows is a fairly predictable chase movie with the bumbling stoners just managing to stay ahead of the bad guys. The comedy performances are pretty average and while no one really shines there are no obvious weak links either.
As well as the humour there are a few good action scenes as well and the fast pace of the plot certainly helps to hold the viewers interest as well as some great one line throw away gags that are easy to miss at times and only after a bit do you remember what they have said and realise that it is quite humourous.
This is the sort of film that is worth viewing and if you are in the right mood for it you will enjoy it. Personally I would give it a very generous four stars.
Seth Rogan films can be a bit hit and miss in my opinion however Pineappple Express is slightly better than his usual offerrings and is a film that once again uses stoner culture as the vehicle for the comedy so not exactly virgin film territory when it comes to characters or plot.
Rogan plays Dale Denton who is in his mid twenties and whose life is mostly devoted to smoking the rather top quality weed of a local dealer called Saul played by James Franco another prodigous user of his own product which includes the best weed going called Pineapple Express.
Dale has to deliver court papers to a drug dealer called Ted Jones who is played by Gary Cole and while doing this he sees Jones kill someone with the assistance of his girlfriend who is a police officer. Soon both he and Saul are being hunted down by the drug dealer and his cronies with the help of the police.
This film is certainly better than I expected it to be with some rather funny moments in it and a script that while predictable in places does manage to entertain.
The performances are pretty average, I have always feltthat Rogan is a bit over rated and while no one rally shines there are no obvious weak links either.
The film does move along at a fast pace and interspersed amongst the stoner humour are a few action scenes some of which are quite amusing, on the down side some of the humour is a bit purile and the whole plot is rather predictable and been done before but I have seen worse comedies and at least this one has some laughs in it.
Pineapple Express (DVD)
Description: Genre: Comedy
The film centres around Dale Denton (played by Seth Rogen) who issues subpoenas for a living. His real love is smoking pot though and he is at his happiest when stoned. He is in heaven when his dealer (James Franco) introduces him to a new, high quality strain called Pineapple Express.
Unfortunately for Denton, he unwittingly goes to deliver a subpoena to a drug baron, and witnesses a murder being carried out. He panics and flees the scene, leaving the remains of the joint that he was smoking. Because this new strain is so rare, this is enough for the drug baron to start tracking him down.
I am a big fan of Seth Rogen having enjoyed films such as Knocked Up and Superbad. He is funny in a juvenile and silly kind of way which despite being silly, is usually amusing. I didn't find myself enjoying this film as much as I had hoped though. It seemed to be trying too hard for laughs and didn't quite make it.
The stereotypical stoners are a little too stereotypical for my liking, and the plot a little weak. There is loads of bad language which seems more for effect than used in context and I found that the whole thing dragged and was quite predictable.
I wouldn't rush out to watch this film, it left me disappointed and wasn't nearly as good as I had hoped. Rogen tries his best but the plot is so weak that even he can't make it funny. Yes there are a few laughs but not nearly enough to make this film a decent watch in my opinion. Wait til this comes out on TV and see it then, at least you won't have to pay to watch it!
Dale Denton (Seth Rogen) is a 25 year old slacker who likes nothing more than to sit back, relax and smoke a joint. Dale's regular hangout is at his new drug dealers apartment, Saul (James Franco) is similar to Dale in that he'd rather smoke his self professed 'best weed in town' than do anything else. Saul is well known around town for occasionally supplying very rare weed that goes by the name of Pineapple Express.
When Dale is delivering a subpoena to big drug dealer Ted Jones (Gary Cole) Dale witnesses Ted murder someone, aided by his corrupt police officer girlfriend Carol Braizer (Rosie Perez). Dale panics and makes a lot of noise outside, alerting the murderers of his whereabouts. Before he knows it he's on the run from two murderers and their gang of heavies. He goes to Saul who thinks they're safe because no one saw them however when Dale left he threw his joint out the window and with only Saul selling that particular weed it's only a matter of time before Ted and Carol catch up with them...
This is not my type of film at all, not only can I not stand Seth Rogen I also can't stand Judd Apatow films, to date he's released catastrophes such as Superbad, Step Brothers and of course the Daddy of them all and what all Judd Apatow films inspire to mimic, the horrendous Knocked Up. With that in mind, Pineapple Express wasn't exactly on the top of my 'to see' list and I didn't imagine that I'd ever end up watching it. Therefore when a friend suggested watching the DVD I wasn't particularly thrilled but went along with it anyway, thinking I can always use the laptop when, not if I get bored. However this film seems to be the one Judd Apatow film that I actually found myself enjoying and by the end of the film I had metaphorically eaten my words.
Having seen numerous Judd Apatow films now I pretty much know what to expect; a bunch of slackers who do nothing all day but smoke weed, make childish jokes and pretty much make Judd Apatow a hell of a lot of money whilst making him look like a prize idiot in the mean time. The main problem I have with Judd Apatow films is that nothing seems to happen, it's generally a bunch of idiots sat around farting and then laughing about it afterwards. Not my kind of comedy at all, however Pineapple Express is a little different, despite incorporating all the usual Jud Apatow nonsense it boarders on being an action film which made it watchable and also had me laughing at regular intervals.
This is without doubt the funniest Seth Rogen film I've ever watched, right from the beginning I was laughing at the juvenile things he was saying and to my surprise I was enjoying myself right from the offset. Unexpectedly I warmed to Seth Rogen's character quite quickly, yes he's a lazy stoner who'd rather get off his face than go to work but really who wouldn't? In a way he's just an exaggerated version of every Joe Bloggs on the street; he has the life that we want! Able to hold down a job that he barely visits whilst still managing to have a very active social life at the same time! I'm not a weed smoker, or a smoker full stop but his lifestyle does look pretty appealing in this film!
James Franco is also a highly likeable character too, he's not portrayed as the usual drug dealer who'll break your knee caps if you miss a payment. He's just a nice guy who happens to supply drugs to his friends and of course likes to enjoy the weed with them. He's not the sharpest tool in the box, neither is Dale which is what makes them even more likeable. The character of Saul is pretty one dimensional and shows no depth whatsoever, he's just a stoner who enjoys his lowlife existence. I feel that Franco was very miscast in this film, although he does a decent job as the stoner Saul if you've seen any other of his respectable movies he'll look very out of place in this film and I can't help but think that this film could have slightly damaged would could have been a highly respectable career.
This is where the downside comes in, this film appeals widely to teenagers whom have either smoked weed or want to look cool in front of their friends by smoking it and this film does advertise weed in the wrong way for young kids and could have a bad influence on them, therefore I think the film should have had an 18 certificate instead of a 15 because 15 is the age when most kids like to experiment with drugs these days.
Another notable character was that played by Danny McBride, he's not in the entire film, instead pops up every now and again but is absolutely hilarious in his role as a friend of Saul's who seems to feel no pain at all due to the amount of weed he smokes. For me, he was one of the highlights of the film and the way he turns up again at the end was brilliant.
The story runs along at a fast pace and there is plenty of action, unfortunately a lot of the action is exactly what you'd expect from a Judd Apatow film however it's actually very funny, one moment in particular was when Saul ends up hijacking a police car and tries to break the windscreen like he's seen on action films however his foot ends up getting stuck in the windscreen whilst he's driving. That's about the tone of the action which is probably what you were expecting but to my surprise and amusement it was actually very entertaining.
The story gets a little too over the top by the end and the publicity shot taken of the three guys carrying guns gives away a little too much of the ending. If that shot wasn't there I wouldn't have expected it and it could have been a little funnier. I still feel that it goes way too over the top and utterly beyond belief even for a film of this nature. In a way it reminds me a little of Shaun Of The Dead because this is what the action mimics in a way however I feel that this will always be inferior to Simon Pegg's work.
There's also a bit of a love story between Dale and his high school girlfriend Angie, this is quite funny at the start when we meet them both because at only 18 Angie is undoubtedly the more mature one however their relationship shows no progression and about half way through she slowly disappears from the film altogether.
Overall this is a decent attempt and the second best Judd Apatow film I've seen, the first being The 40 Year Old Virgin. There're some hilarious laugh out loud moments but as I said if you're not into this type of action comedy then it's probably best to steer clear. If you're a fan of Seth Rogen as so many people seem to be these days (which is beyond me) then I'd highly recommend this, it's his best film by far. Pineapple Express hasn't gone as far as to change my opinion on Seth Rogen or Judd Apatow as I don't think one single decent film could but I did enjoy it and it held my attention all the way through and for that it's a big success in my eyes.
The DVD is currently available from play.com for £4.99.
Dale Denton is a process clerk who delivers subpoenas to clients, although his favourite pastime, and the one thing that keeps him going between jobs is smoking pot. One day, while delivering a subpoena to a drug lord, he witnesses said drug lord and his girlfriend, a police officer, committing murder. Dale escapes, but leaves the remains of a joint at the scene - and unfortunately, the type of weed he was smoking is a rare strain, called Pineapple Express, and can be traced back to Dale and his supplier, Saul. Dale and Saul are forced to go on the run to escape the wrath of the drug lord. Will they be able to stay safe?
I am a big fan of Seth Rogen. He makes me laugh and I think he's adorable - so what if he's a bit cuddly? I was therefore fairly sure that I would enjoy this film, although I have read a number of critical reviews. As Dale, this is probably one of Rogen's least funny roles - that is not to say that he isn't amusing, because he is, but the emphasis of this film is much more strongly on the side of action rather than quick-fire dialogue, which I think is Rogen's main strength. Still, Rogen does a good job of making his character likeable - not that easy when you consider that he would rather smoke pot than have dinner with his girlfriend's parents. Dale is a bumbler and doesn't mean any harm - he just doesn't really think about the consequences of his actions. I can't say that I think this is Rogen's best role, but I still enjoyed watching him, and would go as far as to say that without him, I don't think the film would really have appealed to me at all.
Dale's dealer, Saul Silver, is played by James Franco, an actor I'm not at all familiar with, although he seems to have had parts in a number of well-known Hollywood films. I enjoyed his role as a pothead who deals because he doesn't really know what else to do and it funds his habit. There isn't much depth to his character though - he does show greater strength of character towards the end of the film, but he is still fairly one-dimensional and I didn't feel as much warmth for him as I did for Dale. I'm not sure that is the actor's fault though - I think that is just how the role was written. The character does provide a few laughs, but more because of his stupidity than anything else. There is a third character, Red (Danny R McBride), who appears on the cover of the DVD along with Rogen and Franco, but his role in the film is minimal really - he certainly didn't make much of an impact on me.
One aspect of the film that I just didn't think fitted in well was the story of Dale's long-suffering girlfriend Angie, played by Amber Heard. Still at school, she is much younger than Dale, but seems to be a lot more mature - not difficult when you consider that Dale is usually high. However, apart from Dale's initial worry that she will be implicated in his situation, the story just peters out and I found it hard to understand the point of the existence of her character in the first place. I think there is enough going on in the film to mean that a love interest that doesn't go anywhere is unnecessary.
The story is a reasonable one, although it isn't particularly memorable and is one that has been done many times before - the whole innocent witness trying to escape from the clutches of a murderous criminal. The screenplay is written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who frequently works with Rogen, with some help from Judd Apatow with regards to the story. It reminded me quite a lot of Simon Pegg's work in that it combines comedy with action - although I have to say that, in this case, I think Pegg does a better job. I personally prefer Rogen when his writing relies more on dialogue than daft circumstances. I still enjoyed the screenplay though - just not as much as some of Rogen's other work.
The whole pot smoking angle could offend a number of people, particularly anyone who is stringently anti-cannabis. I'm not - in fact, I would like to see it legalised for medical purposes at least - but even so, there were times when I thought things got a little out of hand - when Dale is driving and smoking at the same time, for example. On the whole, I suppose the message of the film is that pot smoking is bad for you, especially if you become involved with corrupt police officers and drug barons(!), but there were occasions where it seems that the film-makers are almost glorifying it. There is a classification of 15 (UK), but I suspect that it will appeal to younger teenagers, so parents will need to decide whether or not to clamp down and stop them from watching. There is also a large amount of swearing - again, it didn't bother me, but some will find it offensive.
There is plenty of action and plenty of gun slinging to keep lovers of action films happy. I enjoyed most of it, but there were times when it went on a bit too long - there is only so much beating up and shooting each other that I can watch before I get bored. What I did like was the 'bromance' angle that went on between Dale and Saul, and to a lesser extent, Red - this did make the story that much more watchable. What I did find quite strange was that the soundtrack to the film, which, with all the action, could and should have been amazing, was incredibly dull - I don't think I recognised a single song throughout the course of the film. As the final credits rolled, I recognised Huey Lewis and the News, but still didn't know the song, which was perhaps written for the film. The lack of good music didn't have a massive impact on my enjoyment of the film, but I still can't help but think it was a missed opportunity.
There is just one extra with the DVD - an audio commentary involving Seth Rogen, James Franco, Judd Apatow and others. I played a good part of it because Seth Rogen was quite funny, but to be honest, there wasn't really anything of any merit discussed. I was surprised that there wasn't any more extras - at least a trailer and a blooper reel - but it didn't make that much difference to me.
It probably seems that I've been quite critical of this film, but that is only because I am used to a certain type of humour from Seth Rogen that I enjoy very much, but I felt that it was lacking a little here. I still enjoyed it though and am glad that I own it on DVD. I think that fans of Rogen and that type of crude humour will probably enjoy this film - anyone who likes gentle comedy and rom coms probably won't be so keen. Three and a half stars out of five.
The DVD is available from play.com for £3.99.
Running time: 111 minutes