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Pineapple Express

Put this in your pipe and smoke it. 

Year: Unknown 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: Unknown 
Certificate: BBFC 15 Cert – Not suitable for under 15s 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by David Gordon Green 
Starring: Seth Rogan, James Franco and Danny R. McBride.  
An image from Pineapple Express

Dale (Rogan) is a guy who is quite content to not strive for success but rather spend his days smoking weed and dreaming of one day becoming a radio show host. His quiet existence is disrupted when he witnesses a murder which is traced back to his drug dealer, the laid back Saul (Franco). They both go on the run from the bad guys and get involved in the warfare between rival drug lords…will they make it out in one piece?

The theme of this film may not strike you as light-hearted at first but the script has made sure that the audience is kept in hysterics throughout. A great mix of wit and slapstick keeps the comedy fresh and entertaining. A good supporting cast is also a key source of humour but it is Rogan and Franco that really shine through. Their facial expressions and line deliveries are always spot on.

Aside from the comedy, Rogan and Franco also do well in developing their characters through their ups and downs and manage to establish a believable friendship between Dale and Saul. This is quite a different role for Franco in comparison with his performance in the “Spiderman” series and he is very convincing as an easy going guy who takes nothing too seriously.

This film is also not lacking in action with several fight and chase scenes that culminate in an impressive battle in a marijuana farm. So there really is something for everyone in “Pineapple Express”; light-hearted comedy, a complex story and well-choreographed action all feature in this smart comedy. It goes highly recommended to those in search of a refreshing and hilarious movie experience.

Julia Huntenburg

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Screenings of this film:

2008/2009 Spring Term (35mm)
2008/2009 Spring Term (35mm)