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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 witnesses 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


One hit could ruin your whole day. 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  »


Box Office


$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,245,025, 10 August 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$87,341,380, 28 September 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$101,624,843, 8 March 2009
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Olivia Thirlby was cast as Angie Anderson, but was replaced by Amber Heard after rehearsals. See more »


After Dale witnesses the murder and goes to Saul's apartment building in a panic, the sound of the rapid buzzing as he pushes the call button doesn't match the buzzing heard in Saul's apartment. See more »


Budlofsky: [Matheson is smoking weed] No, I can't. My wife can always tell. She can smell it on my sweater.
Matheson: [laughs] You want my vest? It smell good.
Budlofsky: It's not my style.
Matheson: You ain't got no style, muthafucka.
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Crazy Credits

On the font of the subtitles on the DVD (Unrated version), the edges of the letters have a serrated style and resemble the edges of marijuana leaves. See more »


References Mr. Majestyk (1974) See more »


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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James Franco Is The Real Thing
24 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

I laughed more in this movie than in any other of its ilk. Mostly thanks to James Franco. Yes, the James Dean Franco. His comedic timing is startling and his sympathy is all consuming. I think the secret is that we can (Franco allows us) see the human being behind this irresistible caricature. I was totally taken by the strange kind of innocence he exudes. We sense a loyal buddy who is capable of extraordinary generosity. His smile is already an iconic movie landmark. Seth Rogen is also very funny but you can guess that this is actually his character. Nothing wrong with that but James Franco's range is infinite. David Gordon Green makes his "commercial debut" very successfully. The showdown at the end takes a bit too long but all in all this movie is throughly worth it.

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