Pineapple Express

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A new comedy from the creative genius of Judd Apatow (The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Talladega Nights) follows a pair of druggie losers as they reach the top of the hit-list when one witnesses a mob murder and drags his buddy into a crazy flight from mobsters bent on silencing both of them permanently. Pineapple Express stars new sensation Seth Rogen (Knocked Up, Superbad, The 40 Year Old Virgin) and James Franco (Spider-Man 1-3), co-stars Rosie Perez (Do the Right Thing) and Gary Cole (The Brady Bunch Movie), and is directed by David Gordon Green.

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Studio Sony
SKU 209964202
UPC 043396281189
UPC 14 00043396281189
Format DVD
Release Date 5/17/2011
Rating UR
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review It has been said that the only way to truly enjoy a stoner comedy is to smoke a joint before watching it. Considering the quality of some of the movies wedded to this genre, I'm tempted to believe that. Thankfully, Pineapple Express is an exception. The humor in this movie is smart enough that even a moderate level of intoxication or inebriation is not necessary to enjoy it. Sure, some of the jokes fall flat and others never get off the ground, but there are enough genuinely funny moments to be found in the slightly-too-long 111 minutes to make it a pleasant way to pass an afternoon or evening. The primary audience for this film might be those who partake from time to time, but it's not the only audience...Pineapple Express is the movie that Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay could have been had it focused a little less on the scatological least-common-denominator humor...Seth Rogen has proven his comic chops recently, but James Franco, lately having spent a lot of his screen time in Spider-Man movies, is not what one immediately thinks of as a higher functioning Jay (as in "Jay and Silent Bob"). Then there's Rosie Perez as a corrupt cop, with a memorable and off-the-wall cameo for Ed Begley Jr. Pineapple Express is a little too long and the big action set piece toward the end is too bloated for an otherwise tightly focused motion picture. These aren't big complaints, however. In the end, the film is solid entertainment in the Midnight Run vein.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "Pineapple Express" has all the elements you'd expect from the genre: male bonding, immature sexual desires, verbal scatology, formidable drug abuse, fight scenes, gunfire, explosions. Yawn? Not this time. It's a quality movie even if the material is unworthy of the treatment. As a result, yes, it's a druggie comedy that made me laugh...The heroes are a process server named Dale (Seth Rogen) and his drug dealer Saul (James Franco). Both are stoned in every single scene...Two teams have met to make this picture: the Apatow production line, and Green and his cameraman Tim Orr, soundman Chris Gebert, actor Danny McBride and others he met at the North Carolina School of the Arts. As always, even in their zero-budget first effort, Green and Orr use wide-screen compositions with graceful visual instincts, although you may be excused for not noticing them, considering what happens. The movie even transcends the usual chase, this time between two squad cars. To my amazement, I found it exciting and very funny, especially the business about Saul's leg..."Pineapple Express" is the answer to the question, "What would happen if a movie like this was made by a great director?" This question descends directly from those old rumors that Stanley Kubrick was going to make a porn film. Give it a moment's thought. And I suspect Green of foiling Apatow's vow to include at least one penis in every one of his comedies. This time, it's not a penis, but a finger, and a good thing, too.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, Unrated, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post ...jampacked with jokes, sight gags and set pieces guaranteed to appeal to the audience's sense of the preposterous.
Claudia Puig, USA Today The laughs -- mostly crude, profane and drug-addled -- are almost non-stop.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone You'll go limp from laughing.
Scott Tobias, The Onion A.V. Club As loose and playful as major studio movies get.
Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer One of the most hilarious and engaging films from producer Judd Apatow's often inconsistent comedy factory...

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