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2008-08-07 06:00:27

By Tim Clodfelter, Winston-Salem Journal, N.C. Aug. 7--TWO CREATIVE FORCES -- David Gordon Green, a director who's an alumnus of the N.C. School of the Arts, and Judd Apatow, a producer responsible for some of the best comedies of the past few years -- join forces in Pineapple Express, a lively action-comedy about slackers on the run. Seth Rogen and James Franco, who played stoner buddies in the terrific high-school comedy-drama Freaks & Geeks (on which Apatow was an executive...

2008-08-06 18:00:21

By Lawrence Toppman, The Charlotte Observer, N.C. Aug. 6--"Pot makes bad movies better," says the leading man of "Pineapple Express," extolling the virtues of the weed named in the title. I'd never encourage anyone to commit an illegal act, but I did wonder whether the film would've been consistently hilarious if I'd gotten red-eyed before I watched. Not that it's bad, really. It's just another first-draft comedy by the Judd Apatow movie-a-month factory, written in the usual slapdash...

2008-08-06 12:00:33

By Soren Andersen, The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash. Aug. 6--I see a room. It's full of smoke and the sounds of maniacal giggling. I had a mental image of this room as I watched "Pineapple Express." I imagined it was the place where the picture was hatched. The smoke would be from high-octane locoweed. The laughter would be from people who most definitely did inhale. A lot. Pure conjecture here, to be sure. But "Pineapple" sure gives you the impression that it was made by stoners for...

2008-08-06 12:00:32

By Frank Gabrenya, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Aug. 6--I've figured out how the Judd Apatow comedy machine can turn out movies so quickly: Four-letter words take a lot less time to type than 10- or 12-letter words. A lot of profanity and a little heart are found in Pineapple Express, a comedy that advances producer Apatow's brand of rudeness and dudeness. The biggest change is that sex -- a dominant theme of The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Superbad and Forgetting Sarah Marshall --...

2008-08-06 12:00:32

By Michael Smith, Tulsa World, Okla. Aug. 6--So autobiographical were the hormones and humor of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's teen characters in "Superbad" that the men simply had to name them Seth and Evan. With the pals' follow-up, "Pineapple Express," one has to wonder how often the boys used to pretend they were a certain bong-powered comedy film team and fought over this question: Who gets to be Cheech, and who gets to be Chong? Their story is still one of male bonding and the...

2008-08-06 09:00:37

By Jeff Vice Deseret News PINEAPPLE EXPRESS -- ** 1/2 -- Seth Rogen, James Franco; rated R (violence, drugs, profanity, gore, vulgarity, torture, slurs); Century Sandy and South Salt Lake; Cinemark Jordan Landing; Megaplex District, Gateway and Jordan Commons. If another, earlier stoner-culture comedy hadn't beaten it to the punch, "Pineapple Express" could have easily -- and perhaps more accurately -- been titled "Half Baked." The film tries to fuse elements from the "Harold &...

2008-08-06 06:00:30

By Craig D. Lindsey, The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C. Aug. 6--For a movie where the gags are mostly delivered through a waft of weed smoke, and blood and bullets are just as liberally sprayed throughout, "Pineapple Express" has to be the most emo action-comedy I've ever seen. I kept expecting tunes from Sunny Day Real Estate and Dashboard Confessional to start playing during the shootouts. "Express" -- also known as this week's Judd Apatow movie -- works on a more highly sensitive...

2008-08-06 03:00:35

By Michael Machosky, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Aug. 6--The stoner flick has been making a comeback lately for some reason -- or just finally got off the couch, which is more likely. "Pineapple Express" is the rare such film that's moderately entertaining to the non-high population -- and appears to be made by people who were in full possession of all their faculties. That's not saying much, though. The comic firepower behind this meandering movie is impressive -- from the prolific...

2008-08-06 03:00:35

By Bob Strauss "Pineapple Express" captures the buzzy stupidity of chronic marijuana use better than any other comedy I've seen. And it gets the unlikely friendships that grow out of the buying and selling of pot remarkably right. Don't ask me how I know. Just rest assured that, as you're laughing your head off at this stoner comedy, it's all grounded in some pretty well-observed behavior. And that's even when it's satirizing drug buddy movie conventions and taking more exaggerated swipes...

2008-08-06 03:00:35

By Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle Aug. 6--Seth Rogen won High Times magazine's Stony Award in 2007 for his work in the pothead romcom Knocked Up. He seems a likely nominee again for the award, which is given to the stoner of the year, for Pineapple Express, a film that puts Rogen on the stoner-movie equivalent of Marlon Brando's Oscar-nominated drama run in the 1950s. Those who go back with Rogen to his start on TV's Freaks and Geeks, where he played an implied stoner, aren't surprised...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.