Pineapple Express Reviews
This is first and foremost comedy, and in that regard, it's a success. Seth Rogen and James Franco really hold the film together, and their chemistry together is absolutely perfect for this kind of film. It only gets better when Danny McBride enters the scene: between the three of them, there's a lot of laughs to be had. Franco in particular is a standout: he's shown just how diverse he is as an actor, and while this isn't a particularly challenging role, it's another role to add to his list of varying characters. Rogen and Evan Goldberg's screenplay and dialogue have a very improvised nature to them (or perhaps dialogue was actually improvised), which allows for plenty of hilarious moments that feel natural for this wacky set of circumstances.
Pineapple Express is pretty easy to recommend overall: if you're looking for even the slightest semblance of intellectuality here, don't bother. But for anyone looking to have a fun time and have plenty of laughs, Rogen and Franco have you covered. It's dumb, and pretty forgettable in the long run (fitting for a stoner comedy), but it's a lot of fun.
Here's what separates it from the crop: Green didn't direct it, or shoot it like a typical comedy. It's shot like a '70s crime thriller with a buddy comedy twist.