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Pineapple Express (2008)


Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 193
Fresh: 131
Rotten: 62

Critics Consensus: Both funny and scatter shot, this loose-knit action/buddy/stoner comedy bridges genres and keeps a steady tempo of low ball laughs.

Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 45
Fresh: 26
Rotten: 19

Critics Consensus: Both funny and scatter shot, this loose-knit action/buddy/stoner comedy bridges genres and keeps a steady tempo of low ball laughs.


Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 299,636


Movie Info

Critically acclaimed director David Gordon Green takes a break from the brooding drama that defined such early efforts as George Washington and Undertow for this action-flavored buddy comedy concerning two pot-smoking friends (Seth Rogen and James Franco) who unwittingly become involved with a vicious gang of drug dealers. Judd Apatow and Shauna Robertson produce a script co-penned by star Rogen and Evan Goldberg. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

R (for pervasive language, drug use, sexual references and violence)
Directed By:
Written By:
Seth Rogen , Evan Goldberg
In Theaters:
Jan 6, 2009
Box Office:
Sony/Columbia - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Pineapple Express

All Critics (194) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (131) | Rotten (62) | DVD (9)

But there's still time for a gloriously unexpected coda, a moment of quiet reflection and narrative ingenuity that confirms 'Pineapple Express' as the finest comedy of the year.

Full Review… | September 12, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

Watching Pineapple Express is like sitting dead sober in a room with a bunch of stoned people who are laughing uproariously. They're having a great time. You're not.

August 11, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Gore and yucks are not an easy combination to pull off and Team Apatow simply do not have the skills.

Full Review… | August 8, 2008
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

At its sharpest, the script by [Seth]Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who co-wrote Superbad, recalls what made Superbad worth seeing: the sidewinding conversational riffs, the why-am-I-laughing? wordplay.

Full Review… | August 7, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

This is an endearingly slovenly, profane movie with bursts of startling violence, but it's all played for nyuk-nyuk laughs, and it has been directed with more care than it might initially appear by David Gordon Green.

Full Review… | August 7, 2008
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Never generates any big laughs, and the chase elements are so intentionally cliched they never take on a life of their own.

Full Review… | August 6, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Your love of it will largely depend on how funny you find a movie with 85 percent of the jokes based on smoking weed. For the rest of you a lot of it is going to feel very silly, crammed with potty humor and overly long for such a simple subject matter.

Full Review… | March 6, 2013
Lyles' Movie Files

Given that cast, crew and audience were and will be baked throughout, Pineapple Express just about earns itself a pass.

Full Review… | October 14, 2012

This is possibly the first time a blackened, burnt corpse is played for laughs. It all flows by like so much sugar water.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
East Bay Express

In the end, that feel-good factor overrides occasional moments of discomfort.

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
Digital Spy

The movie runs red with both blood and cherry Slushies ... There's also more male affection on display here than, well, since 'Superbad' and that cowboy movie that people still complain to me about.

Full Review… | December 24, 2009
Florida Times-Union

Enjoyable, but probably only as funny as it thinks it is if you're as high as Judd Apatow's salary.

October 31, 2009

Pineapple Express is good for a few laughs but little more; it's low-grade Apatow--I think they used to call it dirt weed.

Full Review… | August 30, 2009
Washington Times

Pretty bad

Full Review… | August 26, 2009

I'm happy anyway to see that Green can wield his considerable skill in a completely different form, with the result being such a fun movie.

Full Review… | January 13, 2009
Window to the Movies

Definitely can not be compared to Superbad or Knocked Up, but another secure comedy brought to use by both Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow.

Full Review… | January 4, 2009
Entertainment Spectrum

More an inconsistent collection of gags and skits than a cohesive feature, but the highs are funny and the lows hard to get worked up about, so we still walk away smiling.

Full Review… | December 19, 2008
Apollo Guide

Pineapple Express is funny, but it's not outrageously funny. Such material needs to be outrageously funny to succeed.

Full Review… | November 12, 2008
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Pineapple Express is a highly entertaining, offbeat comedy-thriller that has Future Cult Movie written all over it. Recommended.

Full Review… | September 12, 2008

Apatow's former confidence about not underestimating the intelligence of his audiences seems to have largely disappeared.

Full Review… | September 12, 2008
This is London

The first half-hour floats by on a cloud of mildly funny lines ("couscous - the food so nice they named it twice"), but then slumps into a derivative action caper that's weirdly and unappealingly reminiscent of Eighties dross like Beverly Hills Cop.

Full Review… | September 12, 2008

The theoretically fail-safe team of the writer/actor Seth Rogen and co-writer/ producer Judd Apatow - the Knocked Up duo - deliver a funnybone- clobbering spree with more energy than wit.

Full Review… | September 12, 2008
Financial Times

This is a Class A comedy about Class B drugs. It has a Rizla-thin plot but Camberwell-carrot sized laughs.

Full Review… | September 12, 2008
Sun Online

Pineapple Express descends from patchy comedy to decidedly daft action send-up.

Full Review… | September 12, 2008
Daily Mirror [UK]

Though there are funny one-liners early on, the script becomes increasingly lazy, while the violence which takes over the second half feels as if it belongs to a different picture.

Full Review… | September 12, 2008
Daily Mail [UK]

The Freaks And Geeks boys prove that weedy action men are where it's at. Pineapple Express sometimes zones out but mostly blows minds and inspires some delirious giggles. Like the titular grass, really.

Full Review… | September 12, 2008
Total Film

Audience Reviews for Pineapple Express

Incredibly low and silly action comedy about a couple of pot smokers stumbling into a case of corrupt cops and gang wars. The creators obviously thought it counts as humor if you're throwing ash trays at people's ears or just let them mumble nonsense. The surprisingly bloody but pointless showdown doesn't safe much anymore. This is boring and lacks any appeal like surprises, likable characters or a coherent plot. Catastrophic and a shame for everyone involved. Avoid at all costs.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Saul: It's almost a shame to smoke it. It's like killing a unicorn... with, like, a bomb. 

"Put This in Your Pipe and Smoke It."

Pineapple Express is one of my favorite stoner comedies of all-time. It "hits" all the "high" points that it needs to. It also pulled a great and soon to be classic performance out of James Franco as Saul the drug dealer/stoner. Everything he does, from his mannerisms to how he talks to what he says is a perfect parody/impersonation of a stoner. His performance doesn't reach the level of say Sean Penn in Fast Times, but it is one of the best stoner performances I have ever seen.

Dale and his drug dealer, Saul, end up on the run from a corrupt cop and a major drug kingpin Ted. Their experience takes them through shootouts, fist fights, car chases, and wooded adventures. There are some classic scenes in this film. I especially love the woods scene. It's a perfect piece of pothead paranoia and is actually not far from some experiences you've had while smoking the cannabis. 

The film has its share of problems. I won't deny that at all. Still this is a film that I can watch and re-watch and watch again. People who aren't laughing after the first scene where we see where the prohibition of marijuana came from should just give up on it there, because it's a sign of the humor to come. This is strictly a drug comedy. Sure there are elements of other forms of comedy, slapstick and sex comedy included; but as The 40 Year Old Virgin was to sex comedies, Pineapple Express is to drug comedies.

If you're a fan of this genre, you'll absolutely love this film. If you aren't, you still might like it because it's better than 90% of drug comedies. So give it a try. You may not like it, but then again you may be like me and won't be able to stop laughing. If you want a little help with the experience, toke up beforehand. You'll be howling.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Seth Rogen and James Franco make an unbreakable bond in this smart-witted comedy that's stoned out! The new type of comedy presents more perverse dialogue and dark laughter. But it's still executed well and makes up exceeding due to it's co-stars. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Pineapple Express bring the nostalgia from the buddy/actions comedy genres from the 80's. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Pineapple Express Quotes

Saul Silver:
It's almost a shame to smoke it. It's like killing a unicorn... with, like, a bomb.
– Submitted by Antó L (12 months ago)
Dale Denton:
Coucous, the food's so nice, they named it twice.
– Submitted by Samy A (22 months ago)
You can wear my vest, it smell good..
Na, it's not my style.
You ain't got no style muthafucka.
– Submitted by Andrew S (2 years ago)
Saul Silver:
Fuck Da Police! [shoots at police woman and misses all shots]
– Submitted by Muiredach O (2 years ago)
Saul Silver:
Hey look, it's like my thumb is my cock. Heh heh...
Dale Denton:
That's not going to get us a ride, man.
– Submitted by Evan T (2 years ago)
[with shotgun] You assholes do exactly what I say or I will take you outside and FUCK YOU IN THE STREET!
Saul Silver:
No, don't do that.
Dale Denton:
Don't fuck us anywhere.
– Submitted by Matthew P (2 years ago)

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