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PINEAPPLE EXPRESS

See, the problem is, I hate drugs. I really, fucking, hate, drugs. And yes, pot is a drug. If P then Q, so then, I hate pot. So maybe I shouldn’t have bothered to see Pineapple Express? Yes, I know. But, I do like “irreverent comedies” and good acting, and the Apatow Productions in general, so I decided I should see it. I don’t really regret it. It was pretty funny, and Seth Rogen and James Franco are really great together.
But, it was a bit much at times. And oh yeah, there was a ridiculous amount of pot.

Pineapple Express was co-written by Seth Rogen and Evan Handler, and directed by David Gordon Green. Rogen plays a process server who apparently does nothing but smoke pot while driving and on the job. His dealer is played by James Franco. I gotta tell you, I’m not a big Franco fan, but he was really great here. He’s instantly likable. Rogen was basically Rogen, but his character was a bit of an ass. Rogen was good, but Franco stood out more. Also great is Danny McBride as one of Franco’s dealer friends. MCBride stole ever scene he was in. Really funny.

Unfortunately IMHO, Gary Cole and Rosie Perez were obnoxiously over the top and annoying. Kevin Corrigan and Craig Robinson were very good as Cole’s associates. Not particularly likable, but interesting.

But this movie is mostly all Rogen and Franco all the time, and they have a great chemistry, so it mostly works. The perpetual high is annoying to me, but I would imagine that the built in audience Pineapple Express was made for will love this movie. And so the Apatow Production machine keeps on keeping on.

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