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Pineapple Express (2008)

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A process server and his marijuana dealer wind up on the run from hitmen and a corrupt police officer after he witness his dealer's boss murder a competitor while trying to serve papers on him.



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Lazy court-process clerk and stoner Dale Denton has only one reason to visit his equally lazy dealer Saul Silver: to purchase weed, specifically, a rare new strain called Pineapple Express. But when Dale becomes the only witness to a murder by a crooked cop and the city's most dangerous drug lord, he panics and dumps his roach of Pineapple Express at the scene. Dale now has another reason to visit Saul: to find out if the weed is so rare that it can be traced back to him--and it is. As Dale and Saul run for their lives, they quickly discover that they're not suffering from weed-fueled paranoia: incredibly, the bad guys really are hot on their trail and trying to figure out the fastest way to kill them both. All aboard the Pineapple Express. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Put this in your pipe and smoke it. See more »


Action | Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, drug use, sexual references and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 August 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Piña express  »

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Box Office


$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$23,245,025 (USA) (8 August 2008)


£3,611,471 (UK) (3 October 2008)

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| (unrated)

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2.35 : 1
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The fight scene between Saul (James Franco) and Carol (Rosie Perez) was for the most part improvised. Because of this, Franco was worried that he would hurt Perez and would ask her for permission to do certain things during the fight. In the end, Perez actually did get hurt and got a bruise after Franco accidentally bit her too hard on the thigh, but Perez didn't tell him until after filming was done so he wouldn't feel bad. See more »


When Red starts beating Saul with a dust buster it bends every time Saul is hit, revealing it to be made of foam. See more »


Red: [Red wakes up and is taped to a chair] Hey, what's up, dudes?
Dale Denton: What's up? Tell us everything now!
Saul: Talk, Red.
Red: I'm gonna flex and bust out of here.
[Red tries to bust out]
Saul: Trapped.
Dale Denton: It's not happening, Red.
Red: Okay, I'll talk. Um, Ted Jones, he knows you witnessed the murder. He found your roach. He sent two guys over here, Budlofsky and Matheson. Two real big son of a bitches. They're basically out to kill you guys, and they're gonna kill me, too, unless I turn y'all over. So you guys are basically ...
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The film opens with the 1960's wide screen Columbia Pictures logo. See more »


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I Didn't Mean to Hurt You
Written by Jason Pierce
Performed by Spiritualized
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc. and SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT (UK) Ltd.
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Review of "Pineapple Express"
24 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Brian Gordon Green directed "Pineapple Express" tells the story of Dale Denton (Rogen) and Saul Silver (Franco), two pot-smoking friends who end up becoming deeply involved with a gang ruthless drug dealers. Now, I had always heard "Pineapple Express" was a brilliant blend of genres, and that's what it is - a great stoner comedy that successfully blends buddy-action elements into it's story. The script was hilarious, as it's written by Seth Rogen himself and fellow successful screenwriter Evan Goldberg. The comedic elements written into said script ,although low-brow and often dark, came off as very breezy and ended up being one of the key factors of appeal for the film. Though the best part about the film, for me, was the really believable chemistry between James Franco and Seth Rogen. The two have worked together before on the cult television series "Freaks And Geeks", and their real-life friendship transfers very beautifully on film. Surprisingly enough, the movie also featured a sufficient amount of thrills and action - especially towards the end. Overall, I found "Pineapple Express" to be a delightfully funny buddy-stoner-action-comedy that brought the laughs and surprises in shovelfuls.

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