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Hop on the Express
on October 1, 2010
I think everybody with a funnybone salivated a bit when the preview for Pineapple Express was released as a bonus feature on the Superbad DVD. James Franco and Seth Rogen together again? The freaks from Freaks & Geeks (only Jason Seagal is missing) are back. That scene where they're lighting the "cross-joint" to create a perfect "trifecta" of smoking experience was only a taste, but it didn't really hint at what Pineapple Express was going to be.
Pineapple Express is a rare breed, a stoner action movie. Seth Rogen is Dale Denton, and James Franco is his drug dealer. When Rogen witnesses a brutal murder while smoking a joint, he panics, tosses the joint and takes off for Franco's place. The only problem is the joint -- made from a a very rare strain of weed called pineapple express. Franco's the only guy in town who sells it. And Rogen's the only guy who bought it. It takes them a while to put 2 + 2 together (they are stoners, after all) and soon they are on the run.
A surprise for me in this film was Danny McBride. I'd never seen him before and he is one funny dude. You'll remember him from such films as Tropic Thunder as well. Gary Cole was also awesome as the evil murderous drug dealer. Look for a cameo from Bill Hader and Joe Lo Truglio as well.
When you get two stoners running from gangsters, you can guarantee that they get nothing right and everything goes wrong. This happens in the most hilarious of ways. In my humble opinion, it is Franco who steals the show. Interestingly, Rogen and Franco were originally cast in opposite roles -- they switched, and it works.
DVD extras are your usual fare: Deleted scenes, making-ofs, and whatnot. Most very good and rewatchable.
If you want to see something like you've never seen before, a unique stoner comedy with oodles of blood, car chases, explosions, guns and action, this is the movie for you. 5 stars.