Sunday, April 20, 2014

04/20: Pineapple Express

Today is Easter, and of all rare things, it falls on 4/20. In case you didn't get the memo, 4/20 is a celebration for marijuana users. No, I do NOT use the drug. There are several people who do, and those people have their own movie genre: stoner movies. Judd Apatow's Pineapple Express is one of them. It can also be considered a 'buddy comedy', a term I wasn't familiar with until now.

Dale (Seth Rogen) and his drug dealer/friend Saul (James Franco) are wondering the identity of the man who is selling a rare pot species, the 'pineapple express'. It turns out to be a guy named Ted (Gary Cole), who murders a man in his house along with a cop. The two buddies witness it from far away just outside his house, and take off from the scene right away. Unfortunately, they leave behind their tracks, the 'pineapple express' joint which is familiar to Ted. Ted begins to track the two down since he knew who he sold the drug to, and it ends up being a dangerous pursuit throughout the movie.

Another film in the so-called 'frat pack' series, led by Judd Apatow. Stoner movies aren't for everyone, but non-cannabis users like me seemed to enjoy it. It was cool, but nothing like a Cheech and Chong movie. Seeing Gary Cole as the bad guy is a rare thing, and its usually kind of scary since he is mostly known as the 'good guy' character actor. Craig Robinson and Danny McBride also have small roles in the film as well.

If you do like silly, drug humor movies, this one is for you.

My rating: 6 out of 10

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