It’s fair to say that Judd Apatow is the modern king of comedy. He has produced so many huge comedies in the past decade such as Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Step Brothers, Drillbit Taylor and Year One. He has also directed hits such as The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up and Funny People. He has worked with actors and comedians including Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, Luke Wilson, Adam Sandler, Jason Segal, Jonah Hill and Steve Carrell. It is also fair to say that Seth Rogen has become his big star. Pineapple Express is slightly different than most comedies but it is still a good movie.
The movie is set around the character of Dale Denton (Seth Rogen). He is a stoner who dates a high school girl. Dale witnesses a murder by a mob member. Then, him and his pot dealer Saul Silver (James Franco) run away to escape the criminals. They run into the woods, get high and then visit Saul’s distributor, Red. It all ends in a large battle in a secret underground farm for marijuana.
Pineapple Express is funny, but it’s not as funny as Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen’s other movies. Knocked Up was really funny, so was Superbad. The main difference with Pineapple Express is that it is also an action movie. There are a lot of laughs but also car chases, explosions and over the top gun-fight scenes. This is different then most action-comedies. Mainly because the two main characters spent half the time baked. There are some funny scenes including a car chase where Saul gets his leg stuck through the wind screen.
The acting in this movie is good. Seth Rogen stars in a funny movie as usual, but he is not the funniest part of this movie. James Franco is the surprising star. He is extremely funny and plays a very different role than he normally does. James Franco is perfect in the role of Saul. The script is fine and there was a lot of improvisation, which gives the actors extra credit. For example, the entire end scene at the diner was improved by the actors.
Pineapple Express is a stoner comedy which actually makes you laugh. Judd Apatow once again proves that he can make a funny movie. His movies aren’t quite as well crafted as The Hangover but his movies still work and make you laugh. Pineapple Express is not the best of these comedies, but it is worth watching if you enjoy Rogen-Apatow comedies.