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2008-10-02 06:00:24

By Katrina Onstad A Michael Cera joke is not a joke at all. Often the laugh comes at the end of the sentence, when Cera's words have slowed to a dribble, leaving an emptiness filled only by his blank Pez- dispenser face, which is the real punch line. In Cera's roles as a devoted baby daddy in "Juno" and a thwarted party seeker in "Superbad," his muted comedy was his signature. But in real life the dialed-down persona is a little unnerving. Jason Reitman, who directed him in "Juno,"...

2008-10-01 21:00:15

By Jessica Yadegaran In the romantic comedy "Nick and Norah's Infinite Play- list," Michael Cera and Kat Dennings are musical soul mates thrust together on a crazy Manhattan night that involves dramatic exes, an underground concert and way too much parking karma. It's "High Fidelity" for teens, and Cera's their Cusack. At 20, the Canadian actor already has the resume for such comparisons. To many of us, he's George Michael Bluth, the awkward, approval-hungry adolescent from Fox's...

2008-09-25 21:00:25

By Jessica Yadegaran As a relationship writer, I have to hear it all the time. Men don't bond with each other the same way women do. They don't like talking about their feelings. I hear this, naturally, from therapists paid to pull these feelings out of men, from couples -- and even from dudes themselves. But I think we're in a touchy-feely renaissance. My boyfriend spends hours on the phone helping his buddy analyze a relationship. And I'm pretty sure my dad has a man crush on Barack...

2008-09-14 00:00:19

By Nicholas Barber Film 2 Pineapple Express David Gordon Green 111 MINS, 15 The Women Diane English 114 MINS, 12A Eden Lake James Watkins 90 MINS, 18 The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Mark Herman 94 MINS, 12A Do we really need another comedy produced by Judd Apatow this year? Probably not, but Pineapple Express is the best of them, and it could be the year's best comedy, full stop. It still has the semi- improvised, man-childish banter you'd expect from the Judd Squad; the difference is...

2008-09-08 06:00:14

By Siobhan Synnot PINEAPPLE EXPRESS (15) ** Director: David Gordon Green Running time: 111 minutes BE PREPARED to revisit many of the most recognisable House of Judd Apatow obsessions previously exhibited in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Don't Mess With The Zohan, Knocked Up and Superbad - such as young men who display all the smarts of a bear with its head stuck in a honey pot, inventive swearing, the romantic disparity between a chunky, committed couch potato and some hyper, sharp-...

2008-08-09 09:00:00

By MAL VINCENT By Mal Vincent The Virginian-Pilot It wasn't particularly shocking or funny when Cheech and Chong lit up for "Up in Smoke" in 1978. It's still not entertaining with the slacker-stoner, ho-hum comedy "Pineapple Express." The movie assumes that inhaling is sufficiently naughty to spur the prurient and that watching someone else get high is inherently hilarious. Been there. Seen that. As stoner comedies go, it's a good deal sloppier and lacking in invention than the...

2008-08-08 00:00:27

By CHRISTY LEMIRE "Pineapple Express" (R) H H 1/2 The formula is pretty familiar by now in these Judd Apatow- produced comedies. A couple of buddies get into trouble, and as they try to bumble their way out of it, their friendship only grows stronger. Some clever linguistics guru somewhere even came up with a word for this pop-culture phenomenon: the "Bromance." "Pineapple Express" tries to breathe some fresh life into this comic genre by turning it into a serious action movie. But...

2008-08-07 06:00:28

By Phil Villarreal, The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Aug. 7--Seth Rogen may be the hottest talent in comedy, but in "The Pineapple Express" he's not even the funniest in the movie. He runs a close second to James Franco, as slack-jawed pot dealer Saul. Franco is Cheech, Chong and Dave Chappelle in "Half Baked," rolled into a joint so comically intoxicating it could be outlawed. "Pineapple Express," named for the super-strain of marijuana Saul and pal Dale (Rogen) smoke, flows with a...

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 San Jose Mercury News, Calif. Aug. 6--Opened Wednesday "Bottle Shock" (PG-13): A novice Napa vintner and a British expatriate trying to boost business at his floundering Paris wine shop combine to make history with the perfect California chardonnay. Based on a true story -- and shot on location in Northern California wine country -- the film has a strong cast headed by Bill Pullman and Alan Rickman. "Pineapple Express" (R): The folks behind the hit "Superbad" are back with an...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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