Pineapple Express (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

Pineapple Express (2008)



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

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, Rovimore
Rating: R (for pervasive language, drug use, sexual references and violence)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 6, 2009
Box Office: $87.3M
Sony/Columbia - Official Site


Seth Rogen
as Dale Denton
James Franco
as Saul Silver
Gary Cole
as Ted Jones
Rosie Perez
as Carol/Female Cop
Amber Heard
as Angie Anderson
Bill Hader
as Private Miller
James Remar
as Gen. Bratt
Kevin Corrigan
as Budlofsky
Nora Dunn
as Shannon
Bobby Lee
as Bobby
Joe Lo Truglio
as Mr. Edwards
Cleo King
as Police Liaison Offic...
Dana Lee
as Cheung
David C. Cook
as Chris Gebert
Connie Sawyer
as Faye Belogus
David McDivitt
as Cop With Mole
Mae Laborde
as Mrs. Mendelson
George Lew
as Old Man
Jeanetta Arnette
as Sandra Danby
Omar Leyva
as Guy In Car #2
Sam Carson
as Xerox Secretary
Jack Kehler
as Walter/Accountant
Robert Longstreet
as Dr. Terrence
Steve Bannos
as Thug #2
Mark Whigham
as Thug #3
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News & Interviews for Pineapple Express

Critic Reviews for Pineapple Express

All Critics (194) | Top Critics (46)

High-ly recommended.

Full Review… | October 21, 2014

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

Audience Reviews for Pineapple Express

David Gordon Green directing a story by Judd Apatow is something that goes against the laws of nature, but even more surprising is how well it works, a great blend of bromance, stoner comedy and highly enjoyable action, with James Franco shining in a hilarious performance.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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

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 (2 years ago)
Dale Denton: Coucous, the food's so nice, they named it twice.
– Submitted by Samy A (3 years ago)
Matheson: You can wear my vest, it smell good..
Budlofsky: Na, it's not my style.
Matheson: You ain't got no style muthafucka.
– Submitted by Andrew S (3 years ago)
Saul Silver: Fuck Da Police! [shoots at police woman and misses all shots]
– Submitted by Muiredach O (3 years ago)

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