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Pineapple Express September 21, 2008

Posted by Sai in English, Movies, Reviews.
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Written by the team of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg after the success of Superbad, Pineapple Express is a stoner comedy directed by David Gordon Green (George Washington, All The Real Girls). Dale Denton (Seth Rogen) is a process server who is always high. After getting a very rare strain of pot called Pineapple Express from his dealer Saul (James Franco), Denton goes about his job with the next task of serving a drug lord. He happens to witness a murder and runs away. But he drops the Pineapple Express, which could be used to identify him. So, Denton goes on the run with Saul. The rest of the film deals with how they get out of this mess and develop an improbable friendship along the way.

Producer Judd Apatow’s popular comedies are very appealing but the formula is starting to feel familiar now. The situations are considerably different but the characters are starting to develop a certain familiarity. If you’ve seen Superbad or Knocked Up or one of the other Apatow produced R-rated comedies, you sort of know what to expect from this movie. Crazy characters that you would probably never want to know but who actually have a heart and an unexpected normalcy about them. Outrageous situations that ensure hilarity. An unlikely bond between two individuals. Some humor based on the occupation of one of the main characters. And more.

However, the familiarity didn’t affect my experience much. I still laughed as much as anyone else. The novelty in this film then is the action, which is also effectively used to make us laugh.

If you do think about it the film can seem stupid and pointless, especially because most people wouldn’t be able to relate to the characters or the extreme situations. But who goes to a stoner comedy to identify with the characters and find meaning. So, I’d say this should be quite an enjoyable experience for those who’ve enjoyed other R-rated comedies from the Apatow stable.

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