Pineapple Express

Pineapple Express

Pineapple Express

Stoner comedy with Seth Rogen, James Franco and Danny McBride. The three are the run from after witnessing a murder. Dale (Seth Rogen) has only one reason to visit his 'friend' Saul (James Franco): to purchase weed. Today, Saul has a special delivery: a rare new strain called Pineapple Express. 

Later that night, Dale becomes the only witness to a murder by a dangerous drug lord (Gary Cole), he panics and dumps his roach at the scene. Problem: this strain of electric puha is so rare that it can be traced back to him, and Saul. The pair figure all this out and make a run for their pathetic lives. They soon discover that they're not suffering from paranoia; these guys really are hot on their trail and trying to figure out the fastest way to kill them both.

Huey Lewis sings the title song. See it here. It goes "I got you, and you got me, and we're as high as we can be. How did we get into this mess? Pineapple Express." That's genius right there.

2008Rating: MA15+, Strong drug use and violence, sexual references and coarse language111 minsUSA
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Pineapple Express / Reviews

The Guardian

The Guardian

There are a few moderate laughs... but the full-on gory violence is disconcerting and unfunny.

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Daily Telegraph

Daily Telegraph

A fundamentally heartless and unlovable minor work from Team Apatow.

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Salon

Salon

The thing is so desultory and aimless that it seems like work to try to laugh at it.

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

(An) inspired, goofy and finally weirdly hyper-violent celebration of male bonding...

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

Amusing in a verbally dissociated, been-there-toked-that way.

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New York Post

New York Post

Frequently hilarious, occasionally sweet and often graphically violent...

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USA Today

USA Today

The laughs - mostly crude, profane and drug-addled - are almost non-stop.

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Boston Globe

Boston Globe

The film's high point (nudge, nudge) is probably the all-stops-out performance by James Franco...

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Village Voice

Village Voice

At last, a Judd Apatow production worth memorising.

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NPR

NPR

David Gordon Green, who's previously specialised in indie dramas of a far more serious stripe, proves adept at knockabout farce.

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Vulture

Vulture

It's empty and formulaic, with plotting that's lazy even by stoner-comedy standards.

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Seattle Times

Seattle Times

Maybe I'd have thought this... was funnier and more exciting if I were as baked as its two heroes.

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Variety

Variety

This rambunctious paean to pot retains the trademark Apatow sweetness even as it careens from messy vulgarisms to even messier violence.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

It's an unshowy, generous performance [by Franco] and it greatly humanizes a movie that, as it shifts genre gears and cranks up the noise, becomes disappointingly sober and self-serious.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Another crazy idea, that mostly works, from the Judd Apatow school of irreverent comedy.

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Newshub

Newshub

Franco's sweet and hapless drug dealer is a highlight, the whole buddy premise in fact really holds this film together.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

It's with that action aspect that Pineapple Express differs from Apatow's previous production output, and though, the words "taut" and "pulse-pounding" would never apply, the giddily over-the-top fight sequences, choreographed by veteran stunt coordinator Gary Hymes, handily compensate for the lag time.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Fans of David Gordon Green, you may well leave feeling confused. Fans of daft laughs and James Franco, you're in for one of the funniest comedies of the year.

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