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Pineapple Express

Okay, it’s taken a while for me to get around to this flick and most of you have already scene it, right? Well good for you! I myself will be writing this for the people who havn’t seen it or for people who want to compare their tastes with mine.

So here it is. I don’t particularly care for Seth Rogen. He might be a nice guy, I wouldn’t really know, but I don’t care for his brand of improvisational humor that seems rough and awkward because it’s all off the cuff but comes accross to me as unfinished. It looks like a great run through, but needs to be polished. That’s just my opinion. This should color my review appropriately.

Pineapple Express is a stoner/action flick that should be rewarded for breaking through that unexplored terrain. When Seth Rogen (a process server) witnesses a brutal murder, he and his weed dealer (James Franco) are on the run. There’s almost as much action as there is weed smoking and comedy. It does make for an interesting blend of genres. There are some funny moments in the movie, but given my feelings about the humor, there were very few times I laughed out loud.

If I had to pull out only one thing to credit the movie with above all others, it would James Franco. His portrayal of a lovable dealer who’s always high on his own supply is outstanding. This is like Sean Penn‘s Spicoli who is the ultimate stoner played by an actor of extremely high caliber. He hangs in there with Rogen and his cadre of regulars, making shit up on the spot with the best of them.

If you liked Superbad and his other work, then you’ll probably like Pineapple Express, but when it comes to comedies, really anyone could love or hate it. Especially when the style of the movie and its humor is so extreme. Points for originality though.

I watched the “Unrated” edition which includes both theatrical and unrated versions of the film. It features a commentary with cast and crew which is just like watching deleted dialogue from the movie. There are also deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel and a “making of”.

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