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Pineapple Express

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In Theatres: 
Aug 06, 2008
Grade:
B-
Running Time: 
1 Hour, 45 Minutes

When Dale Denton (Rogan) witnesses a murder he and his dealer (Franco) find themselves running for their lives in this buddy action comedy from the screenwriters that brought you Superbad and Knocked up.  Like most of the Apatow/Rogan/Goldberg films there is a no holds barred formula that involves cussing, drugs, and over the top comedy that usually works. I’m not saying that it doesn’t work, because lets face it the film comes at you at top speed, but you’ll find that as far as the comedy goes you have everything plus the kitchen sink thrown at you to get a laugh. For the most part it works but when it doesn’t it disrupts the flow of the film and its then you realize your being bombarded. As for the movie as a whole you get the feeling that this particular crew spent their lives watching franchises like Beverly Hills Cop and Die Hard and because they have the clout to pull it off they took a shot at recreating the genre. What you get is an almost action spoof.

If Heath Ledger has gained critical acclaim for creating the persona of one of the most vile and effective villains in his Joker character then James Franco has to dually be noted as one of the very best stoner characters I have ever seen. Franco spends most of the film looking absolutely blitzed and his portrayal of a pothead is pretty much right on. Seth Rogan was probably the worst of the bunch as far as acting. His voice was stuck in a growl and his line delivery seemed like he was reading off of cue cards. He manages to portray a frantic and paranoid character but he fails on almost every other level. The last few minutes of the film are probably the best delivered though I could have sworn they looked adlibbed, still very funny. This film does not look like the home run that the previous Apatow/Rogan/Goldberg pictures have been and if you miss it in theaters your likely to find the same experience at home on DVD.

AJ Garcia
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