July 11th – Pineapple Express – 2008 – Directed By David Gordon Green – Starring Seth Rogen, James Franco, Gary Cole, Rosie Perez, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson with special guests Bill Hader and Ken Jeong. – Comedy/ Action
Simple Overview: Pineapple Express was a film that took me back to my late teens early 20’s. A comedy based around a special blend and what happens when you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time mixed with a bit of 2000’s cannabis culture . It still has some great moments that you can laugh at in your late twenties while at the same time reminding me of how different tech and life was back in before everyone had smartphones. All around a good time.
What Could Have Been Better: This is a hard one due to this being the film that it is. Dale’s ear regrows, the foam vacuum, there are heaps of small errors in this film but none of them are jarring enough to say the film needed to be better. Pineapple Express is a nonstop series of humorous unfortunate events but it was a great series of events that made us laugh and see friendship for what it really is, people walking through the mud together, slipping, then pulling each other up and moving forward.
What I loved: Seth Rogen has built a career of playing himself multiple times in a variety of films and 99.9% of the time it works great and Pineapple Express is no different. Rogen works in this film I loved this film from the start, the costumes in his car as he served various people by dressing up and delivering ban news to them. When Rogen visits Franco and we see the early stages of friendship and how genuinely awkward it can be to make a new friend when you are trying to separate your work from your desire to step outside of your working relationship and continue as real friends who just hang out, listen to tunes, and browse the internet together.
When I rewatched this I still laughed at the dumb banter between the two as their friendship grew, broke down, then continued to grow as they faced one bad decision after another. I loved seeing the “Bad Guys” at work and especially enjoyed seeing Craig Robinson(Darrel from the Office) as a bad guy on a mission to make a name for himself. Also, Rosio Perez went from plating a bad cop here to becoming a member of the Birds of Prey in the recent Harley Quinn film, that’s pretty rad too!
It felt like a blast from the past looking at weed culture and how much it has changed. I know in many places across the US weed is now legal and stores can be found in many parts of the city wherein Pineapple Express the operations are still behind the scenes/underground.
The final rescue was a fun mess filled with the action you’d expect from a comedy, a little out there but not as far out as anything in the Fast and the Furious series. Fun improvisation by Rogen, Franco, and McBride made the finals scenes a great time.
Final Thoughts: This film delivered what I was looking for a dumb unapologetic comedy with a bigger message that real friends will have your back through thick, thin, and dysfunctional times.
Rating: 4.5 of 5 thumbs up.
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