August 12, 2008

GUEST BLOG: Pineapple Express Review

(Here's another guest blog from our good buddy, Cody Clark. I'll give my own review of this movie after I see it on Thursday.)
What's up two shotters. Cody Clark of almvr here riding the two.shot train into your lives yet again. I'm here to hit you with some knowledge about a little movie that has been effectively nicknamed 'True Bromance.'

Of course I'm talking about the latest Rogen/Apatow film, Pineapple Express.

Quickly, we'll get to the synopsis, courtesy of

Lazy court-process clerk and stoner Dale Denton (Seth Rogen) has only one reason to visit his equally lazy dealer Saul Silver (James Franco): to purchase weed, specifically, a rare new strain called Pineapple Express. But when Dale becomes the only witness to a murder by a crooked cop (Rosie Perez) and the city's most dangerous drug lord (Gary Cole), he panics and dumps his roach of Pineapple Express at the scene. Dale now has another reason to visit Saul: to find out if the weed is so rare that it can be traced back to him--and it is. As Dale and Saul run for their lives, they quickly discover that they're not suffering from weed-fueled paranoia: incredibly, the bad guys really are hot on their trail and trying to figure out the fastest way to kill them both. All aboard the Pineapple Express.

I saw Step Brothers last week and was not impressed, but I held hope because I knew that Pineapple Express would rock the show. And I was correct, as always. James Franco and Seth Rogen have an amazing chemistry together and it seems that they haven't lost a step since appearing in Freaks & Geeks so many years ago. From what I can remember, this is the first ever stoner/action comedy and we may have stumbled upon a new genre.

The story is cohesive and has a running theme of 'bro-dom' all the way through. The writing is smart, yet still hilariously stupid. Really, this isn't like Hot Rod in which you can turn your brain completely off and enjoy, but it's pretty close. The supporting cast holds their own and it is very, very rare to find your self bored during scenes where the main characters aren't present. There is no hidden message in this movie, but it left me feeling great, wanting to hang out with my bros. Overall, it's a fun ride and entertaining as all hell.

Judd Apatow can keep making terrible movies like Zohan, Step Brothers, Dewy Cox and whatever, but as long as he keeps allowing Seth Rogen to turn out movies like this, Superbad, Knocked Up and 40 Year Old Virgin, he's good in my books.

It gets 7.5 out of 10 from the Lost Man.

Also, as a treat, check out the trailer for the latest offering from House of Apatow resident, Paul Rudd, after the jump.

Get lost.

- MX

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