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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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David Gordon Green

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Seth Rogen (screenplay), Evan Goldberg (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

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

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Taglines:

One hit could ruin your whole day. See more »

Genres:

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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cantonese | Korean

Release Date:

6 August 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pineapple Express See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,245,025, 10 August 2008

Gross USA:

$87,341,380

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$101,624,843
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Runtime:

| (unrated)

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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS | Dolby Atmos

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

James Franco had stated in an interview with MTV news--and Judd Apatow stated the same at a Comic Con event--that they had considered making a movie sequel that would intersect the story lines of this movie and "Superbad (2007)." This never materialized. See more »

Goofs

In the Trailer "On the hood" the computer in the police car is pulling up data on Dale Denton. After it shows "Wanted for Felony hit and run" it then says "arrest on site". The correct usage is "arrest on SIGHT" See more »

Quotes

Red: You don't think I can handle danger?
Dale Denton: What are you talking about?
Saul: You can.
Red: I totally can. And for you to come into my house and not tell secrets because you think you're saving me, well, in reality it just makes you look like a dumbass, cause look at this.
[He shows them his shaved armpits]
Red: You see this? You see that? There's no hair under here, bro.
Dale Denton: What's the significance of that?
Red: It makes me aerodynamic when I fight. I can take danger.
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Crazy Credits

The film opens with the 1960's wide screen Columbia Pictures logo. See more »

Alternate Versions

For its UK cinema release the film was pre-cut by the distributors to remove a scene showing teenagers smoking a strong form of marijuana in order for the film to receive a '15' certificate. The footage was restored for the DVD and the certificate raised to '18'. See more »

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Bird's Lament
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Performed by Moondog and the London Saxophonic
Courtesy of Roof Records
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Good Laughs
12 January 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Pineapple Express (2008)

*** (out of 4)

A pothead (Seth Rogan) and his dimwitted dealer (James Franco) hit the road after witnessing a cop (Rosie Perez) murder a man. Pretty soon the two are trying to get away from the cop as well as two drug lords in the middle of a war. As far as pot comedies goes this one here is nearly the best the small genre has to offer. I'm sure Cheech and Chong would give this thing two bongs up as it does contain plenty of laughs but I couldn't help but feel it had the same shortcomings as other Judd Apatow movies. That one issue with this film, as well as the others, is that it runs too long for its own good. Clocking in a nearly two-hours I couldn't help but feel that the film could have lost thirty-minutes and not much would have been missed. This is especially true during the ending shoot out, which just keeps going and going. Outside of that issue this film contains some great big laughs with most of them coming in the form of pot jokes and stuff dealing with stoners. Seth Rogan turns in another winning performance as he gains plenty of laughs from his older guy. James Franco is the real jewel in the film as he's dead-on perfect as the drug dealing loser who just sits around his house getting high, selling pot and watching reruns on television. Franco gets the look down just right but his facial gestures and voice tone perfectly capture that pot head many of us have met in our lives. I thought Perez was pretty much wasted in a thankless role that didn't offer her too much to do. Ed Begley, Jr. has a funny bit as Rogan's girlfriend's father. The screenplay really doesn't offer us any jokes we haven't seen countless times before and in many ways there's not an original idea here but that doesn't really matter because the performances are what makes the movie funny.


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