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Pineapple Express -- A new comedy from the creative genius of Judd Apatow (40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Talladega Nights) follows a pair of druggie losers as they reach the top of the hit-list when one witnesses a mob murder and drags his buddy into a crazy flight from mobsters bent on silencing both of them permanently. The film stars new sensation Seth Rogen (Knocked Up, Superbad, 40 Year Old Virgin) and James...
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Seth Rogen ... Dale Denton

James Franco ... Saul Silver

Danny McBride ... Red

Kevin Corrigan ... Budlofsky

Craig Robinson ... Matheson

Gary Cole ... Ted Jones

Rosie Perez ... Carol / Female Cop

Ed Begley Jr. ... Robert

Nora Dunn ... Shannon

Amber Heard ... Angie Anderson

Joe Lo Truglio ... Mr. Edwards

Arthur Napiontek ... Clark

Cleo King ... Police Liaison Officer

Bill Hader ... Private Miller

James Remar ... General Bratt

Jonathan Spencer ... Scientist (as Jonathan Walker Spencer)

Dana Lee ... Cheung

Bobby Lee ... Bobby

Ken Jeong ... Ken
David C. Cook ... Chris Gebert
Howard S. Lefstein ... Mark (as Howard Lefstein)

Connie Sawyer ... Faye Belogus

David McDivitt ... Cop with Mole
Mae LaBorde ... Mrs. Mendelson
Kendall Carly Browne ... Old Woman
George Lew ... Old Man

John Robert Tramutola ... Walt (as John Tramutola)
Adam Crosby ... Ack
Andrew Heald ... Blake

Jeannetta Arnette ... Sandra Danby

Carlos Aleman ... Guy in Car

Omar Leyva ... Guy in Car #2

Sam Carson ... Xerox Secretary

Jack Kehler ... Walter - Accountant

Robert Longstreet ... Dr. Terrence

Peter Gray Lewis ... Peter - Thug #1 (as Peter Lewis)

Steve Bannos ... Jared - Thug #2

Eddie Rouse ... Lance - Thug #5
Mark Whigham ... Thug #3

Brian Scannell ... Thug #4
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ricky Dominguez ... School Guy #1 (uncredited)
Gabe Fiscale ... Tennis Pro (uncredited)

Troy Gentile ... Troy (uncredited)
Brandon G. Holley ... High School Student (uncredited)

Jourdan Lee ... Assassin #1 (uncredited)

Nathan Mussell ... Paramedic (uncredited)
Ian Novotny ... 1930's Scientist (uncredited)
Jordan Pontell ... Scientist (uncredited)
Shawn Roe ... Clark's Friend (uncredited)

Jill Sayre ... (voice) (uncredited)

Sheila Shaw ... Waitress (uncredited)

George F. Watson ... Gov't Scientist B.O.N.G. Inventor / Diving Suit Attendant (uncredited)

Directed by
David Gordon Green 
Writing credits
Seth Rogen (screenplay) &
Evan Goldberg (screenplay)

Judd Apatow (story) and
Seth Rogen (story) &
Evan Goldberg (story)

Produced by
Judd Apatow .... producer
Evan Goldberg .... executive producer
Patrick McIntire .... consulting producer
Shauna Robertson .... producer
Seth Rogen .... executive producer
Dara Weintraub .... co-producer
Original Music by
Graeme Revell 
Cinematography by
Tim Orr (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Craig Alpert 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Suzanne Crowley 
Billy Hopkins 
Production Design by
Chris L. Spellman  (as Chris Spellman)
Art Direction by
Marc Dabe 
Set Decoration by
Bob Kensinger  (as Robert Kensinger)
Costume Design by
John A. Dunn  (as John Dunn)
Makeup Department
Cheryl Eckert .... hair stylist
Kimberly Greene .... makeup supervisor
Robert Hall .... prosthetic makeup effects creator: Almost Human
Eric Koo .... prosthetic makeup effects sculptor
Erik Porn .... key prosthetic makeup effects artist
Erin Wooldridge .... key makeup artist
Melissa A. Yonkey .... hair department head
Soo-Jin Yoon .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Christa Vausbinder .... production supervisor
Dara Weintraub .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Dress .... second second assistant director (as Pete Dress)
Gary Hymes .... second unit director (as Gary M. Hymes)
Bill Purple .... second assistant director: second unit (as William Purple)
Lisa M. Rowe .... second assistant director
Lisa C. Satriano .... first assistant director
Nick Satriano .... first assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Jeff Barnett .... assistant props (as Jeffrey Barnett)
Tom Benardello .... paint foreman
Michael R. Blaich .... paint supervisor
Jonathan Boda .... propmaker
Bridget Cardenas .... stand-by painter
Dan Colegrove .... propmaker foreman
Ryan Falkner .... storyboard artist
Robert Fechtman .... assistant art director
Roland Fullajtar .... construction
Neil Garland .... propmaker foreman
Edward A. Giron .... labor foreman
Dewaldt Hicks .... sculptor
Karen Higgins .... construction coordinator (as Karen D. Higgins)
Steven Kissick .... general foreman (as Steve Kissick)
Eric Koo .... sculptor
Thierry Labbe .... leadman
Caryn Marcus .... set decoration buyer
Martin Milligan .... on-set dresser
Kim Richey .... assistant property master
Steve Sickle .... stand-by greens (as Steve Sickels)
Michelle Spears .... property master
Glenn Strauss .... set dresser
Brian Tipton .... shop foreman
Jason Vanover .... key greens
Kat Wilson .... art department coordinator (as Katherine Wilson)
Randy L. Childs .... propmaker foreman (uncredited)
Terry Corliss .... greens gangboss (uncredited)
David Corral .... greensman (uncredited)
William Eliscu .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Kevin Hummel .... props (uncredited)
James R. Lord .... carpenter (uncredited)
Canyon Martens .... greens gangboss (uncredited)
Christopher Morente .... greensman (uncredited)
Chris Samp .... set painter (uncredited)
Shane Sankey .... construction production assistant (uncredited)
Fred Seibly .... sign supervisor (uncredited)
Erik Soderstrom .... set dresser (uncredited)
Andre Sowards .... on-set dresser: second unit (uncredited)
Schuyler Telleen .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
George H. Anderson .... supervising sound editor (as George Anderson)
Douglas B. Arnold .... sound mixer: second unit (as Doug Arnold)
Bill Burns .... assistant sound editor
Murat Elgün .... final mixer: alien languages for dvd
Christof Gebert .... production sound mixer
David Giammarco .... sound re-recording mixer
Vincent Guisetti .... foley artist
Michael Haight .... dialogue editor
Lydia Hollyfield .... utility sound technician
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Pamela Kahn .... foley artist (as Pamela Nedd Kahn)
Larry Kemp .... supervising adr editor
Bruce Lacey .... foley editor
Howard London .... adr mixer
Cindy Marty .... sound effects editor
James Matheny .... dialogue editor
Michael O'Farrell .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael O'Farrell .... supervising sound editor
Kyle Rochlin .... foley mixer
Joe Schiff .... assistant sound editor
Paul Stula .... epk sound mixer
Knox White .... boom operator
Greg Steele .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Rachael Tate .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Greg Zimmerman .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
John Frazier .... special effects supervisor
Richard L. Hill .... pyrotechnician
Eric Rylander .... special effects coordinator
Jeffrey A. Wischnack .... special effects technician
Tommy Frazier .... special effects foreman (uncredited)
Edward T. Reiff Jr. .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Chris L. Ward .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Josh Bolin .... compositor: Yard VFX
Chris Chappell .... compositor: Yard VFX
Scott M. Davids .... lead compositor: Yard VFX (as Scott Davids)
Jalal Jemison .... lead compositor: Yard VFX
David D. Johnson .... visual effects supervisor: Pacific Vision Productions (as Dave Johnson)
Benjamin Locke .... animator: Yard VFX (as Ben Locke)
Kim O'Donnell .... compositor: Yard VFX (as Kim Pepe)
Bob Wiatr .... digital compositor: Pacific Title
Raoul Bolognini .... visual effects producer: Zoic Studios (uncredited)
Kristen Branan .... head of production: Zoic Studios (uncredited)
Brian Hanable .... digital effects compositor: Pacific Title (uncredited)
Sean Kennedy .... digital effects artist: Pacific Vision Productions (uncredited)
Tyler Nathan .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Rocco Passionino .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
R. Matt Smith .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Sean Tompkins .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Laura Albert .... stunts
Gary Baxley .... stunts
Mark Chadwick .... stunts
James M. Churchman .... stunt coordinator: second unit (as Jim Churchman)
Corey Michael Eubanks .... stunts (as Corey Eubanks)
Debbie Evans .... stunts
Dane Farwell .... stunts
Sean Graham .... stunts
Collin Hymes .... stunts
Gary Hymes .... stunt coordinator (as Gary M. Hymes)
Yoshio Iizuka .... stunts
Hiro Koda .... stunts
Paul Leonard .... stunts
Ray Lykins .... stunts
Tom McComas .... stunts
Ed McDermott II .... precision driver
Ed McDermott II .... precision driver: second unit
Tadahiro Nakamura .... stunts
Scotty Richards .... precision driving coordinator (as Scott Richards)
Jimmy Romano .... stunts
Mike Smith .... stunt coordinator
David Wald .... stunts
Tsuyoshi Abe .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Michael Adams .... stunt player (uncredited)
Hank Amos .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
Dean Bailey .... stunts (uncredited)
Ted Barba .... stunts (uncredited)
Dickey Beer .... stunts (uncredited)
Nick Brandon .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
Joe Bucaro III .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Richard Bucher .... stunt double: Gary Cole (uncredited)
Richard Burden .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Fernando Chien .... stunts (uncredited)
Adam Crosby .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Adam Crosby .... stunts (uncredited)
Andy Dylan .... stunt double: James Franco (uncredited)
Masaaki Endo .... stunts (uncredited)
Debbie Evans .... stunt driving double: Rosie Perez (uncredited)
Darin Fujimori .... stunt double: Bobby Lee (uncredited)
Tom Harper .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Steve Hassenpflug .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Kevin L. Jackson .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Shawn Lane .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Lin Oeding .... stunts (uncredited)
Anthony T. Pennello .... stunts (uncredited)
J.J. Perry .... stunts (uncredited)
Casey Pieretti .... stunt double (uncredited)
Simon Rhee .... stunts (uncredited)
Bridgett Riley .... stunt double: Rosie Perez (uncredited)
Steve Rizzo .... stunt double: Seth Rogen (uncredited)
Von L. Roddy .... stunt double (uncredited)
Todd Schneider .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Kevin Scott .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Wesley Scott .... stunts (uncredited)
Sonny Surowiec .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ron Alexus .... assistant chief lighting technician
William Ambrose .... key rigging grip (as William G. Ambrose)
Greg Brooks .... dolly grip
Bill Coe .... first assistant camera (as William R. Coe)
Jose F. Cruz .... key grip: second unit (as Jose Cruz)
James 'Spud' Danicic .... ultimate arm technician
John Darko .... backup still photographer
Daniel Dorowsky .... rigging elect
Buzz Feitshans IV .... director of photography: second unit
Bob Field .... gaffer: second unit (as Robert Field)
Bryan Fletchall .... technocrane operator
Steven A. Guerrero .... dolly grip (as Steve Guerrero)
Emile Hanton .... best boy electric: second unit (as Emile Mocey-Hanton)
Coleman L. Hart .... best boy grip (as Coleman Hart)
Steve Hastings .... rigging best boy
Linda Kallerus .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Linda Slater)
Lawrence Karman .... Steadicam operator
Lawrence Karman .... camera operator
Kevin J. Lang .... rigging gaffer (as Kevin Lang)
Lorna Leslie .... second assistant camera: second unit
Bobby McMahan .... second assistant camera (as Robert A. McMahan)
Darren Michaels .... still photographer
Sean Hunter Moe .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Sean Moe)
Frank Montesanto .... best boy grip: second unit
Chris Napolitano .... chief lighting technician
Matthew A. Petrosky .... camera operator: "b" camera
Robert A. Preston .... key grip: second unit
David Schmalz .... video assist operator (as Dave Schmalz)
Paul Schmidt .... dolly grip: second unit
Michael Scott .... camera operator: "a"camera, second unit
Walter 'Bud' Scott .... key grip (as Walter Scott Jr.)
Randall Sears .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, second unit
Charles Sparks .... electrician
Peter Thoren .... digital video assist: second unit
Thomas Vandermillen .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, second unit
Michael Woodside .... electrician
Steve Zvorsky .... lighting technician
Jeff Baker .... grip (uncredited)
Dwayne Barr .... dolly grip: second unit (uncredited)
Elisha Christian .... grip: second unit (uncredited)
Michael DiGiovanni .... grip (uncredited)
Guido Egger .... grip (uncredited)
Ron Elliott .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Pete Escobar .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Michael Fastoso .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Peter N. Green .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (uncredited)
Miles Gutkin .... grip (uncredited)
Stephen MacDougall .... second assistant camera: "a" camera (uncredited)
Greg Mazzola .... grip (uncredited)
Johnny Medeiros .... additional video assist operator (uncredited)
Sean C. Mehen .... 2nd unit loader (uncredited)
Jack Jay Reece .... generator operator: second unit (uncredited)
Dale Robinette .... still photographer (uncredited)
Michael J. Schwartz .... electrician (uncredited)
Jedediah Shoemaker .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Jeff Snyder .... additional video assist operator (uncredited)
David Speck .... camera production assistant (uncredited)
David Speck .... second assistant camera: "c" camera (uncredited)
Jeff Stewart .... camera loader (uncredited)
Neil Toussaint .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Deron Tse .... additional grip (uncredited)
Jeffery J. Tufano .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
Chris Bustard .... extras casting
Jennifer Ricchiazzi .... casting associate
Paul Schnee .... casting associate
Wendy Hoffman .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
Jessica Kelly .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Jeni Thornell .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Myron Baker .... costumer
Phyllis Corcoran-Woods .... costume supervisor
Lorraine Crossman .... costumer
Brenda M. Ware .... key costumer
Jill Korengold .... additional costumer (uncredited)
Jill Korengold .... costume shopper (uncredited)
Michelle Margolis .... costumer (uncredited)
Steven Porch .... costume ager/dyer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Nathan Bruner .... apprentice editor
Jim Carretta .... post-production assistant
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Tim Mirkovich .... additional editor
Ray Neapolitan .... assistant editor
Colin Patton .... first assistant editor
Michael Underwood .... digital colorist
Julia Nessling-Douglas .... digital intermediate producer (uncredited)
Darin Wooldridge .... additional digital colorist: Technicolor (uncredited)
Music Department
Peter Boyer .... orchestrator
Mark Curry .... scoring mixer
M.B. Gordy .... musician: Percussion
Dominik Hauser .... orchestrator (as Dominic Hauser)
Jonathan Karp .... music editor
Jonathan Karp .... music supervisor
Norman Ludwin .... musician (bass)
Graeme Revell .... conductor
Michael Ripoll .... guitarist
David E. Russo .... synthesizer programmer (as David Russo)
Tim Simonec .... orchestrator
Gina Zimmitti .... music contractor
John O'Brien .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Chris Basso .... production van driver operator
Sanchez Daniel .... Reshoot Picture Car Mechanic
Mark Dometrovich .... production driver
Kelly Murphy .... transportation
John Orlebeck .... transportation coordinator
Don Poole .... transportation captain
Jay Thompson .... driver
Rupert Cole .... transportation dispatcher (uncredited)
R. Blaine Currier .... picture car coordinator (uncredited)
Kaleb Hauge .... mechanic (uncredited)
Margo Hunt McKay .... driver (uncredited)
William R. Peck .... driver (uncredited)
John F. Teeple .... driver (uncredited)
Christopher Weippert .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Tarek Albaba .... production assistant
Nancy Allan .... assistant: Ms. Robertson
Carrie Arnold .... assistant production coordinator
Matthew Bass .... assistant: Mr. Rogen & Mr. Goldberg
Christine Bonnem .... location manager
Ericka Bryce .... medic (as Ericka Bryce Poniewaz)
Trisha Burton .... script supervisor: second unit
Tom Carson .... production coordinator
Tora Chung .... assistant: Ms. Weintraub
Greg Cohen .... assistant: Mr. Apatow
Ricky Cuevas .... assistant accountant
Wesley Donato .... production assistant
Andrew Epstein .... assistant: Mr. Apatow
Damiano Fusca .... production assistant
Matthew J. Gannon .... production assistant (as Matthew Gannon)
Jeffrey Garrett .... key assistant location manager
Justin Giugno .... production secretary
Lisa Goldberg .... assistant: Mr. Apatow (as Lisa Yadavaia)
Rebecca M. Graves .... production assistant (as Rebecca Graves)
Nathan Kimball .... production assistant
Kym Langlie .... unit publicist
Joshua Locy .... assistant: Mr. Green
Johnny Luckett .... stand-in
Jonathan Lynch .... assistant location manager
Rob Meisenholder .... assistant accountant (as Robert Meisenholder)
Matt V. Messina .... assistant location manager (as Matthew Messina)
Joseph A. Mileto .... craft service (as Joseph Mileto)
Gunnar Moulton .... production assistant (as Robert Gunnar Moulton)
Ron Pekkala .... medic
Kate Pulley .... assistant: Mr. Franco
Ronit Ravich-Boss .... script supervisor
Johnny Renaudo .... post assistant accountant (as Johnny S. Renaudo II)
Titus Reynolds .... animal trainer
Kathleen Rodriguez .... production assistant
Jill Rosenblatt .... production accountant
Shane Sankey .... production assistant
Allison Schroeder .... production assistant
Darius Shahmir .... production assistant
Chance P. Tassone .... craft service
Schuyler Telleen .... production assistant
M. Ryan Traylor .... production assistant
Natalie Alexander .... adr voice (uncredited)
Steven W. Blumenfeld .... video/computer playback engineer (uncredited)
Jody Braun .... assistant: cast (uncredited)
Blaise Brooks .... stand-in (uncredited)
Nicholas Brown .... second assistant accountant (uncredited)
Meghan Burchfield .... additional set production assistant (uncredited)
Jennifer Burdick-Baklarov .... additional production assistant: second unit (uncredited)
Kerry Carter .... production assistant: second unit (uncredited)
Pamella D'Pella .... location scout (uncredited)
Eric R. Evans .... additional set production assistant (uncredited)
Wayne Fielder .... medic: second unit (uncredited)
Mark Hochman .... 24 frame video/computer playback (uncredited)
Ian Kay .... armorer (uncredited)
John D. Kim .... adr voice (uncredited)
Thomas Longo .... production assistant (uncredited)
Allison Meadows .... set production assistant (uncredited)
George Mims .... stand-in (uncredited)
Brieann Rich .... craft service (uncredited)
Michael Rich .... production assistant (uncredited)
Robert Rizzolo .... additional set production assistant (uncredited)
Chuck Rousseau .... armorer (uncredited)
V.W. Scheich .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Janine Schiro .... second assistant accountant (uncredited)
Jordan Schmidt .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
John Schwert .... production assistance (uncredited)
Derek Wade .... production assistant (uncredited)
Lisa Womble .... production assistant (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Smoking High" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for pervasive language, drug use, sexual references and violence
111 min | USA:117 min (unrated version)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Brazil:18 | Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:18+ (TV rating) | Finland:K-15 | France:U | Germany:16 (nf) | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:16 (theatrical rating) | Iceland:14 (video rating) | Ireland:18 (DVD rating) | Ireland:16 (cut theatrical version) | Italy:VM14 | Malaysia:(Banned) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Peru:18 | Philippines:R-18 (MTRCB) | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 (cut) | South Africa:16LV | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (cut theatrical version) | UK:18 (uncut DVD version) | USA:R (certificate #43851)
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Judd Apatow told the newspaper "USA Today" that James Franco read Homer's ancient epic "The Iliad" during breaks on the set.See more »
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24 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Pineapple Express is good for many things, but the thing that it does best is in making you laugh., 10 September 2008
Author: Jamie Ward from United Kingdom

There's no doubt about it, Pineapple Express is a relentlessly funny stoner movie, start to finish with little in the way of compromise; telling the story of two stoners, who end up entangled within a drug conspiracy plot that threatens their lives while smoking plenty of pot along the way, this year's latest instalment to the genre is the finest example of dumb -but well delivered- comedy yet. One discrepancy against it's classification as a stoner comedy however lies in that even if you're not high yourself; even if you've never even been high in your life, there's still lots of fun to be had here as the jokes are broad enough in their design to apply to any ridiculous situation. So while the plant obviously makes a starring role here, the focus is not primarily on it, and the movie is better off as a result.

So far this year we have been treated to an unusually high dosage of stoner comedies, with Pineapple Express being a late third behind the too-dumb-for-it's-own-good Strange Wilderness and the dumb-but-fun Harold & Kumar. However, despite coming in late to the game, the old expression of "saving the best 'till last" seems applicable here. Where previous instalments from this year combined the dumb with surreal through incoherent situations obviously dreamt up from people who were under the influence at the time, Pineapple Express feels silly, but not the extent where the entire feature boils down to caricature comedy. Here the writers take two characters, start them off one place and take them on an adventure not just through crime, car-chases, comical fight scenes and little personal squabbles, but through themselves. It's a combination which could have had a disastrously polarising effect, but the writers get it spot on here.

Main characters Dale Denton (Seth Rogan) and Saul Silver (James Franco) may have alliterative names akin to comic book heroes, but they're certainly not of that kind. Instead, they deal with drugs; Saul is Dale's supplier, and as much as Saul would like to think of Dale as a buddy, Dale wants nothing else to do with him outside of the service he provides. However, after Dale witnesses a murder involving some drug-dealer crimelords, the two are forced to embark on a journey that will have them at odds with each other whether they like it or not. What results of this is a story of friendship, and while the unlikely premise of these guys not exactly getting along does seem a bit shifty, the chemistry between Rogan and Franco is superb enough to allow their characters plenty of growing. To be sure, this isn't a hallmark drama, there are no grandeur statements and no tears are provoked from director David Gordon Green but that's what makes it lovable; it's a story about two regular guys, who get into crazy shenanigans, smoke weed and crack some jokes. It's not enlightening per se, but it's entertaining, and down to earth.

This is where Pineapple Express begins to take the lead in front of its predecessors, as it actually attempts to tell a compelling story with an undoubtedly overblown amount of action, but with grounded drama to bear the weight of its fabrications. Through this fusion of solid characterisation with a ridiculous but conceivable action-packed plot, the film succeeds in creating an engagingly entertaining experience that doesn't just provide excitement and memorable characters, but also manages to tickle the funny bone just as frequently.

Coming from the three guys who last year blessed the screen with the hilarious Superbad, Pineapple Express is a riot start to finish, combining lots of blunt dialogue with slapstick and farce to great effect in ways which made the aforementioned creation as funny as it was. It has to be said that this time around, the pacing isn't quite as tight, and the script's insistence on some scenes' ability to sustain laughter is a little off, and this in turn leads to the movie's only real technical fault. In such moments, jokes will be drawn out for long stretches of time, losing momentum, yet thankfully such scenes are far and few between, and with the pace heightening the more film reaches the conclusion; the frequency sharply decreases with time. Nevertheless, if you don't mind profane dialogue, blunt jokes and plenty of passive violence used mainly for comic effect, then Pineapple Express should please any desire for laughter that you may have.

And that's all it basically comes down to, but what else were you expecting? As a movie, Pineaple Express is an entertaining and at times sweet take on friendship based around two very down to earth characters that most people should be able to relate to in some way or another. As a duo, Rogan and Franco are extremely well matched, with the interplay between the two coming off as naturally comical and aptly delivered to the point of satisfying the movie's biggest pulling point and focus. With some great action scenes tinged with plenty of comedy, all revolving around some memorable characters portrayed by enthusiastic, suitably cast performers who end up within a plot which is admittedly hammy, but fun all the same; Pineapple Express is good for many things, but the thing that it does best is in making you laugh, and it does so with enough frequency to make this one of this year's greater comedies.

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