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.

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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)
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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
Craig Robinson
as Matheson
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 Officer
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
Brian Scannell
as Thug #4
Ed Begley Jr.
as Robert
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Critic Reviews for Pineapple Express

All Critics (193) | Top Critics (45)

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Full Review… | February 22, 2012
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Full Review… | November 23, 2011
Boston Globe
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November 16, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

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 11, 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

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
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.
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
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

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