Pineapple Express

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Stoner comedy with Seth Rogen, James Franco and Danny McBride. The three are the run from after witnessing a murder. Dale (Seth Rogen) has only one reason to visit his 'friend' Saul (James Franco): to purchase weed. Today, Saul has a special delivery: a rare new strain called Pineapple Express. 

Later that night, Dale becomes the only witness to a murder by a dangerous drug lord (Gary Cole), he panics and dumps his roach at the scene. Problem: this strain of electric puha is so rare that it can be traced back to him, and Saul. The pair figure all this out and make a run for their pathetic lives. They soon discover that they're not suffering from paranoia; these guys really are hot on their trail and trying to figure out the fastest way to kill them both.

Huey Lewis sings the title song. See it here. It goes "I got you, and you got me, and we're as high as we can be. How did we get into this mess? Pineapple Express." That's genius right there.


Directed by


  • Judd Apatow('The 40 Year Old Virgin', tv's 'Freaks And Geeks')

Action, Comedy


Rating: R16 Violence, Offensive Language & Drug Use


Official Site


There's an immediate charm to Pineapple Express. It has the feel of a movie made by a bunch of buddies given a blank cheque. And these buddies, being big fans of 80s action films and lovers of electric puha, thought it best to concentrate on those two key elements. So Seth Rogan doesn't just flop from a rafter onto a bad guy, he gracefully hawks through the air. And when someone brutally shoots the toes off a dead bad guy - a pointless act - it seems the only reason for it is because it would be awesome to do so. Indeed, in context, it is.

Rogen, human incarnate of Fozzie Bear, is an actor with a persona. He plays to it and you get the impression you're seeing the real Seth Rogen - which is his charm. It's an interesting straight man collision with James Franco's brilliant Saul character. He's chilled right out - a rambling 'bum' with a heart of gold - and brings small, natural moments that are so genuine and idiosyncratic you can't not love him. Together these two share some great rambling arguments. Franco plays the optimistic side of the pot smoker's brain, which is the perfect foil to Rogen's paranoid side of the pot smoker's brain.

Director David Gordon Green, a filmmaker known for making small personal films, brings some inventive touches and draws hilarious performances. He and regular cinematographer, Tim Orr, saturate the film with details and an earthy and beige tone. Their eye for the particular creates a world which adds a lot to the film's personality.

But the trademark stamped here is definitely that of writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and producer Judd Apatow. A companion piece to their previous Superbad, Pineapple Express is cut from the same man-love cloth, so it doesn't feel as fresh. As well, the story leans too much on a familiar formula and some of the broader comedy doesn't always hit the mark.

Despite this, I enjoyed this more than any of their other films. The hilarity of the slapdash mayhem, the slick production and extremely likeable performances put a good body length between this comedy and most.

Empire Magazine [UK]


Fans of David Gordon Green, you may well leave feeling confused. Fans of daft laughs and James Franco, you're in for one of the funniest comedies of the year.

Hollywood Reporter


It's with that action aspect that Pineapple Express differs from Apatow's previous production output, and though, the words "taut" and "pulse-pounding" would never apply, the giddily over-the-top fight sequences, choreographed by veteran stunt coordinator Gary Hymes, handily compensate for the lag time.

New York Times


It's an unshowy, generous performance [by Franco] and it greatly humanizes a movie that, as it shifts genre gears and cranks up the noise, becomes disappointingly sober and self-serious.

NZ Herald [Francesca Rudkin]


Another crazy idea, that mostly works, from the Judd Apatow school of irreverent comedy.

Rolling Stone


You'll go limp from laughing.

TV3 [Kate Rodger]


Franco's sweet and hapless drug dealer is a highlight, the whole buddy premise in fact really holds this film together.



This rambunctious paean to pot retains the trademark Apatow sweetness even as it careens from messy vulgarisms to even messier violence.


Definitely one of the funniest comedies I've seen in a long time. Great characters. Loved James Franco and Danny McBride. One of the best Apatow productions. OTT action climax part of the joke, I think.




Being generous

I have only ever walked out in the middle of two movies.

I am a very tolerant person but this bored the shit out of me. The only way to get a laugh out of this movie would be to smoke as much pineapple express as possible and not enter the theater.

Don't waste your money!




Watch the trailer...

Comedies these days turn to be a real turndown (especially since Tropic Thunder which reached a new level of smart ass attitude: only comics on board were Downey Jr and Cruise which says it all about American comedy nowadays). I can deal with dumb comedy as long as you don't throw Jim Carrey pulling faces in the middle, but when comedy gets lazy then it makes me feel lazy too. In the case of Pineapple Express I could not prevent myself from yawning a few times. Sure James Franco put up a decent performance but I also realised Seth Rogen is not at his best when he is not crude. Knocked up or The 40y.o. Virgin offered better "performance" (in his own unidimensional style). The end of the movie is a bit like Will Smith' superhero Hancock, it is not a comedy anymore it is sort of wannabe action movie with guns blazzing and I still don't have a good laugh. Maybe it was not my day. Overall I expected a lot more, Put it that way, everything that is funny in Pineapple Express is in the trailer.




Time OUT!!!!

Funniest comedy of the year hands down!!!!! James franco killed it. seth rogan efen hillarious. Laughed hard throught its a MUST see


Does what other comedys often fail to... it actually makes you laugh.


James Holden gives 1 star? How arrogant to give this one only one.




Cheech & Chong meets Hot Fuzz......

Am on holidays in the States and went to watch this flick..... man some of the scenes are just down right funny... some are just wrong but it works.... not to give to much away but the cop car chase scene is complete madness, piss yourself laughing, and of course loads of jokes about weed and well it makes you wonder if what they were smoking on screen was the real thing..... it all starts with the Cross Joint.... haha... if you want a laugh and enjoy the comedy of Seth Rogen its great, Judd Apatow is just as funny and the two of then carry the movie on to different twists! Yep a funny movie... loads of swearing and some one liners that will be heard in the playgrounds and pubs across NZ!