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Film Review: “Pineapple Express”

(Sony Pictures. 1 hour, 51 minutes. Rated R for pervasive language, drug use, sexual references and violence. Directed by David Gordon Green.) Seth Rogen (Dale Denton), James Franco (Saul Silver), Danny R. McBride (Red), Gary Cole (Ted Jones), Rosie Perez (Carol), Kevin Corrigan (Budlofsky), Craig Robinson (Matheson). Music by Graeme Revell.

Dale, a pothead process server, witnesses a murder by a crooked cop (Perez) and the dangerous drug lord, Ted Jones (Cole). Jones tracks down Dale due to a very rare strain of weed (the eponymous Pineapple Express), and now he, with help from his friend/dealer Saul, must outrun the cops and hitmen to stay alive. I was a bit wary coming into this film, given my recent experiences with some of Apatow’s material, but this oddball amalgam won me over with some spot-on humor and great characters. Rogen works well as the deadpan straight-man, Franco is hilarious as a spacy burn-out and McBride’s weaselly (though strangely resilient) wanna-be thug is entertaining. The bumbling hitmen also stood out, especially Robinson (whom many will recognize as Darrell from The Office). The plot is loose and tends to meander a bit, but not as badly as Apatow’s usual fare. Though most of the humor comes through a cloud of smoke, it’s smart enough that you can still enjoy it sober. A buddy/action/stoner comedy that’s well worth the watch.

Jared Counts

Jared Counts

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A UH alum, Jared Counts was hired part-time at KUHF Radio in early 2003, bouncing between departments until being hired full-time as a web developer in Febraury 2007. He currently manages the front- and back-end of this website (including the WordPress plugin that runs this staff directory), as well as...

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