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Pineapple Express
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Starring: Seth Rogen, James Franco, Gary Cole, Rosie Perez, Danny McBride
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Columbia Pictures
Web Site: www.ridetheexpress.com
Kiddie Movie: Only if you want them to be stoners.
Date Movie: Only if she can relate to stoners.
Gratuitous Sex: Mostly "Bromances."
Gratuitous Violence: Quite a lot of shootings are involved.
Action: And there are a lot of chases.
Laughs: If you can relate to the stoner culture.
Memorable Scene: The fight scene in Red's place.
Memorable Quote: Too many to quote.
Directed By: David Gordon Green
Produced By: Judd Apatow, Shauna Robertson

Pineapple Express
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - XX

It's XX Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
There was one night in college where I was ready to take the plunge - to smoke some pot, maybe rock the gange, or see if a bong filters out the badness therefore just leaving the goodness of the wacky weed. But, wouldnít you know it, that night the one person I wasnít really friends with but was 99% sure would have been my 100% friend had I asked him to light up, was nowhere to be found, and thus my desire to take up and experience for myself the paranoia and munchies normally associated with the green herb went away. I would like to say that "Pineapple Express" has renewed my desire to see if marijuana could help me chill from a stressful day, but instead now my self-induced paranoia is just that I would end up being friends with my dealer, I would witness a murder, me and my new friend would be on the run from some inept killers, and suddenly we would find ourselves in the middle of a drug war between a dork and an Asian Drug Lord. I suppose Iíll just stick to being high on life, although that doesnít always let you shoot some guns, save your friend, and kill the bad guys. You know what? I donít want to be a police officer either.

Enough with my "trying to be creative opening," letís get to the movie:

"Pineapple Express" gives us Dale (Seth Rogen) as a subpoena server, and since his day has a lot of down time, some costume changes, and just some all around laziness, he also likes to smoke a joint, or two, or eight, during the day, to kill some time. He is also dating a high school girl (thank God she is at least 18 years old), Angie (Amber Heard), and sure, if he were 35 years old and she were 28, well, it might not seem that creepy, but heís 25 and sheís 18, and yup, thatís just creepy, especially as he has to contend with Angieís high school dude friends, even creepier teachers, and meet her parents.

Anyway, Dale has a new pot dealer, Saul (James Franco), who is really just looking for a friend and has now been deemed the exclusive supplier of the latest, greatest, strain of marijuana, Pineapple Express, and since he wants Dale to be his friend, he sets Dale up with some supply, only Dale witnesses a murder at the house of the dude who supplied the dude who supplied Saul with the Pineapple Express, thus setting up said dude who supplied Saul, Red (Danny McBride), and Saul, with getting dead if they donít rat out Dale.

And in the middle of this all, the murder Dale witnesses was of an Asian dude, at war with Ted (Gary Cole), who supplied Red, and now wants Dale dead. So Dale and Saul, in the middle of pot paranoia and just trying not to be dead, go on the run trying to save their respective loved ones (in the case of Dale, well, of course itís his 18 year old girlfriend, and in the case of Saul, well, itís his grandma), but low and behold, police car chases abound, thereís a ton of gunfire, "Pineapple Express" becomes more a movie about friendship more than about marijuana, and unless Iím mistaken, and if the movie does well enough, there was a quick grab at some buds that might just set up a sequel.

Look, this is a simply a movie that if you like the trailer, well, you will probably like the movie, and if you have ever had to deal with/be friends with/had a dealer who wanted to be your friend with/ in the realm of pot, you will understand a lot of what Dale and Saul are going through during the first 2/3rds of the movie. Then will come the "over-the-top" escalation of the drug war where you might want to relive the Tyson-Holyfield fight, you wonít believe our two stoners could actually get out of their situation alive, but in the end all of it happens because our two heroes are dealing with maybe the most inept drug dealers and corrupt cop-woman in Carol (Rosie Perez), ever.

"Pineapple Express" did make me laugh a lot, but Iím still torn if I like the dorkiness of the ending gunfight, and for that Iíve got to be a tad reserved in my rating. As such I think Iím going to, for now, give "Pineapple Express" 3 Ĺ Stars out of 5, waiting, in hopeful anticipation, for the DVD, to maybe push this movie into the realm of one of the greatest stoner movies of all time.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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