Pineapple Express Review

12 Aug

Thanks to Jessica for bringing me this Air Freshener from Comic Con!

Thanks to Jessica for bringing me this Air Freshener from Comic Con!

Saturday night I went to see the latest Seth Rogan/Judd Apatow creation “Pineapple Express.” I went with Jessica, Joe, Rob and my brother. Judging from the loud spontaneous laughter from each of the individuals within my party, I would say we all enjoyed it.

I’ll start with the title. Pineapple Express is the name of a strain of marijuana in the movie named after a meteorological phenomenon. When Saul (James Franco) explains this in the movie, I thought it was a joke…Wikipedia tells us its not!

This movie was a wonderful combination of action, adventure, comedy and pot movies. There are a few “WTF” moments and times when you don’t believe what you just saw. I had read a lot about this movie and seen a few different trailers and it still surprised me.

As you can finally tell from the many commercials and trailers that have been playing all summer, this movie is about Dale (Seth Rogan) who buys some very nice weed, Pineapple Express, then witnesses a murder while smoking it. It happens that the supplier of this very unique weed just so happens to be the person committing the murder and with only one dealer in town selling Pineapple Express, they send a couple goons to take care of the problem.

Being that both Saul and Dale are huge potheads, while they are fleeing and hiding from the bad guys, they get high. As Dale finally realizes about three quarters of the way through the movie, they don’t make the smartest decisions while high. Like when they are in the woods and are worried the police will triangulate their cell phones to find them and Dale smashes his on a rock while Saul throws his at a tree, and misses. Dale then thinks of how stupid it was since there’s no way they can track the cells, that’s just from the movies! Right? Later on we hear from Officer Brazier (Rosie Perez) that they found the cell phones by triangulating them, which led them straight to Dale’s car. Dales car was still sitting in the woods because after getting high, Dale and Saul, fell asleep for 14 hours with talk radio on. Saul then exclaims that due to the horrid talk radio, “The car committed suicide.”

During the movie there is some very gangster like shootings and fights, which I believe perfectly balances the giggly high humor that is much of the movie. The funniest character is Red (Danny R. McBride) who is a “middle man” drug dealer. He is the one you see in the commercials with the neck brace saying “thug life.” In all he is shot 5 times during the movie and not until the final scene do they decide to take him to the hospital. His car also makes a very “thug life” appearance during the final fight scene as he busts through the wall of the barn and runs over one of the goons. He then gets out and exclaims “You just got killed by a Daewoo Lanos, mother fucker!” then proceeds to shoot the foot off of the already dead goon. Moments like this mix the action with the comedy better than most movies.

For example, the action portions of this movie are all much better than anything done in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. In Pineapple Express, the parts of the movie that were supposed to be funny were and the parts that weren’t, weren’t!

There are so many other scenes that I could go on and on about, but I’m not. Why? Because you should go see this movie! It’s that good! GO SEE IT!

I give Pineapple Express 4.5 out of 5 stars!

Bill Hader stole the show with his part in the opening scene. This is the second movie that he plays a supporting character that only appears in a very small section and just steals it. In Forgetting Sarah Marshall, he was the friend who you saw a few times (most of which were on the web cam) and was hilarious. In this movie he takes the show as “Private Greg B. Miller” who is in an underground military test facility where they are testing weed. While smoking the scientists are asking him questions like “how do you feel for your superior officers” and his responses are classic.

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6 Responses to “Pineapple Express Review”

  1. infijess August 12, 2008 at 9:43 am #

    Oh it was a really great movie! Just great.

    and umm I JUST noticed the Pineapple leaves. Shows you how crazy comic-con was!

  2. Joe O. August 12, 2008 at 10:07 am #

    Haha…Danny and I were having a chat about what would happen if I got pulled over with that air freshener hanging (which it is) and the car smells yummy!

  3. mom August 15, 2008 at 5:58 am #

    so just what does the freshener smile like? pineapple or????

  4. Joe O. August 15, 2008 at 6:47 am #

    Yup…Pineapple…

    It may smell like Pineapple Express, but I’ve never smelt that before!

  5. movie buff August 31, 2008 at 2:15 am #

    first half of Pineapple Express was about half as good as Knocked Up; the second half was almost as bad as Freddy God Fingered

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