For a film that is too long and often left me scratching my head due to things not making sense, "Pineapple Express" (the name of a super weed in the film) will leave you entertained…as much as a pot-action film can.
Dale Denton (Seth Rogan – Knocked Up, Superbad) is a loser. He is in his mid-twenties works as a summons server, gets stoned all the time and is dating a high school girl (Amber Heard – Friday Night Lights, North Country). Dale has stopped by his dealer Saul's (James Franco – Spider Man 2, In the Valley of Elah) apartment and picked up some of his best weed, Pineapple Express.
Smoking it outside the house of drug dealer Ted Jones (Gary Cole – The Ring Two, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story), Dale witnesses Ted and a female police officer (Rosie Perez – It Could Happen to You, White Men Can't Jump) murder an Asian man. Frightened for his life Dale throws his roach out the window and flees to Saul's apartment. Saul tells him they are going to figure out where the weed came from as it is a rare type and be after them. So the two are forced to go on the run from Ted and the female cop. Drug dealer and client soon discover that they are more than just business acquaintances.
Like most Rogan/Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Step Brothers) collaborations there are a few laugh out loud moments in the film, but for me they were too few and far between. Some things just did not work. It just became weird when they tried to fuse the pot comedy with action. I didn't know if they were being serious with the action or just making fun of the genre. The best moments of the film happen before the action starts.
I do have to applaud the makers of this film in that they did not let the funniest parts be used for television commercials or trailers. The funniest parts can only be seen in the theatre and as such you do not feel ripped off like is the case with many comedies.
Rogan and Franco are good in their roles and have good chemistry. What really made the film for me were the supporting actors. Rosie Perez has not done this well in a film for years. Gary Cole was his usual slimy yet incompetent self. Danny McBride (Drillbit Taylor, The Foot Fist Way) as Red and Craig Robinson (from television's The Office) as hitman Matheson are a real scream.
The film will do decent box office just because of Apatow and Rogan being attached to it, but I think it is a better film to see on DVD. The stoner humour might translate better in the comfort of your own living room.
-The Making of Pineapple Express
-Ride the Express Game
-Extended and alternate scenes
-Item 9 Experiments
-Red and Jessica's Guide to Marriage
-First Table Read