Pineapple Express

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Overview

Critically acclaimed director David Gordon Green takes a break from the brooding drama that defined such early efforts as George Washington and Undertow for this action-flavored buddy comedy concerning two pot-smoking friends Seth Rogen and James Franco who unwittingly become involved with a vicious gang of drug dealers. Judd Apatow and Shauna Robertson produce a script co-penned by star Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
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Overview

Critically acclaimed director David Gordon Green takes a break from the brooding drama that defined such early efforts as George Washington and Undertow for this action-flavored buddy comedy concerning two pot-smoking friends Seth Rogen and James Franco who unwittingly become involved with a vicious gang of drug dealers. Judd Apatow and Shauna Robertson produce a script co-penned by star Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Includes both Theatrical and Extended Versions of the Film; ; Commentary with Filmmakers and Cast; Gag Reel; The Making of Pineapple Express
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Leave it to director David Gordon Green to help redefine the Judd Apatow comedy. In the wake of such Apatow-produced laugh-fests as Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Drillbit Taylor, it seemed as if Team Apatow may have been getting a bit too comfortable with its success, and a bit more willing to fall back on the reliable formula that made it successful in the first place -- you know, the old "lovable goofball gets into awkward situation, but ultimately proves he has a heart of gold once he's seen through the haze of pot smoke and/or redeemed himself to the requisite dream girl/soul mate" schtick. And who could blame them, anyway? After the pain of seeing Freaks and Geeks no doubt one of the most honest and hilariously endearing shows about teenagers ever to air on network television, get unceremoniously canceled before it had a chance to succeed, only to bounce back with Undeclared and see the same thing happen all over again, the Apatow crew has arguably earned the right to coast on their laurels for a few flicks. Their approach to comedy was simply a few years ahead of its time -- and perhaps better suited to the big screen anyway -- but it was still only a matter of time before familiarity dictated that things be shaken up a bit in order to keep them fresh -- and with Pineapple Express, that's exactly what has happened. With Knocked Up and Superbad, it began to feel as if Apatow golden boy Seth Rogen was finally coming into his own; the former proving that he could successfully carry a box-office hit and the latter proving he could pen one as well. As they did previously for Superbad, longtime writing partners Rogen and Evan Goldberg once again collaborate to pen the script for Pineapple Express, while Apatow seems content just to take a story and producer credit. The resulting film feels like an expansion of the familiar Apatow universe as filtered through a director whose independent sensibilities and unique approach to action give the film an original yet playfully retro tone that's truly satisfying on a number of levels: it works great as a stoner comedy, delivers the gritty goods as action film, and offers a truly satisfying character arc as a buddy film as well. But the movie isn't satisfied to simply succeed at aping the conventions of these tried-and-true formulas either, because it takes liberties with each that prove that, even when typing away in a cloud of pot smoke, writers Rogen and Goldberg are smart enough to know when to inject some new ideas into the mix. And those ideas are perfectly complemented by the assured direction of Green, an indie prodigy who, despite having never distinguished himself as an "action" director, handles car chases and gun fights with complete confidence and a keen eye for comedic detail. Still, you can talk about the screenplay and direction all day, but in the end it's the chemistry between stars Rogen and James Franco that makes Pineapple Express such an enjoyable ride. Their interactions are always relaxed and believable no doubt due in part to their days smoking cigarettes outside the cafeteria in Freaks and Geeks, with Rogen's high-strung process server proving the perfect onscreen counterbalance to Franco's spaced-out pot dealer. Not only that, but it's easy to sense when their stories begin to diverge late in the second act, and after the subsequent fallout it's a pleasure to see how they come back together in an attempt to work their way out of a truly dire situation. Singling out any particular member of the supporting cast for praise, however, is somewhat difficult, as everyone from Ed Begley Jr. to Rosie Perez has their fair share of memorable moments, even if as in the case of Gary Cole's psychotically unhinged performance we may wish they had been given a bit more screen time. No doubt comedy lovers will be seeing much more of Danny McBride in years to come thanks to his hilarious turn as a dope-slinging middleman who knows how to bounce back after a beating and a shooting, and as the bickering hitmen assigned the task of dispensing with the stoned runners, perpetual supporting player Kevin Corrigan and soft-spoken giant Craig Robinson steal nearly every scene they're in. Toss in some hilariously gruesome sight gags, surreal mixed metaphors, and a fun soundtrack, and you've got the ideal recipe for a buddy action comedy that's perfectly paced, and baked to perfection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/6/2009
  • UPC: 043396281196
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Unrated / Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:52:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,734

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Seth Rogen Dale Denton
James Franco Saul Silver
Gary Cole Ted Jones
Rosie Perez Carol the female cop
Danny McBride Red
Danny McBride Red
Kevin Corrigan Budlofsky
Craig Robinson Matheson
Amber Heard Angela 'Angie' Anderson
Ed Begley Jr. Robert
Nora Dunn Shannon
Bobby Lee Bobby
Joe Lo Truglio Mr. Edwards
Arthur Napiontek Clark
James Remar General Bratt
Cleo King Police Liaison Officer
Bill Hader Private Miller
Jonathan Walker Spencer Scientist
Dana Lee Cheung
Ken Jeong Ken
David C. Cook Chris Gebert
Howard S. Lefstein Mark
Connie Sawyer Faye Belogus
David McDivitt Cop With Mole
Mae Laborde Mrs. Mendelson
Kendall Carly Browne Old Woman
George Lew Old Man
John Robert Tramutola Walt
Adam Crosby Ack
Andrew Heald Blake
Jeanetta Arnette Sandra Danby
Carlos Aleman Guy In Car
Omar Leyva Guy In Car #2
Sam Carson Xerox Secretary
Jack Kehler Walter/Accountant
Robert Longstreet Dr. Terrence
Peter Lewis Thug #1
Steve Bannos Thug #2
Eddie Rouse Jr. Thug #5
Mark Whigham Thug #3
Brian Scannell Thug #4
Gary Hymes stc
Technical Credits
David Gordon Green Director
Craig Alpert Editor
Judd Apatow Original Story, Producer
Myron Baker Costumes/Costume Designer
Kerry Barden Casting
Lorraine Brossman Costumes/Costume Designer
Chris Bustard Casting
Suzanne Crowley Casting
Marc Dabe Art Director
John Dunn Costumes/Costume Designer
Buzz Feitshans IV Cinematographer
Evan Goldberg Executive Producer, Original Story, Screenwriter
Billy Hopkins Casting
Robert Kensinger Set Decoration/Design
Darren Michaels Cinematographer
Tim Orr Cinematographer
Graeme Revell Score Composer
Shauna Robertson Producer
Seth Rogen Executive Producer, Original Story, Screenwriter
Chris Spellman Production Designer
Dara Weintraub Co-producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pineapple Express
1. Chapter 1 [2:09]
2. Chapter 2 [:43]
3. Chapter 3 [1:14]
4. Chapter 4 [6:14]
5. Chapter 5 [3:02]
6. Chapter 6 [2:47]
7. Chapter 7 [4:17]
8. Chapter 8 [:40]
9. Chapter 9 [1:41]
10. Chapter 10 [:32]
11. Chapter 11 [2:28]
12. Chapter 12 [:31]
13. Chapter 13 [:23]
14. Chapter 14 [2:35]
15. Chapter 15 [1:58]
16. Chapter 16 [1:24]
17. Chapter 17 [1:46]
18. Chapter 18 [3:22]
19. Chapter 19 [4:18]
20. Chapter 20 [:05]
21. Chapter 21 [:09]
22. Chapter 22 [:57]
23. Chapter 23 [:36]
24. Chapter 24 [1:49]
25. Chapter 25 [3:58]
26. Chapter 26 [3:06]
27. Chapter 27 [:51]
28. Chapter 28 [:07]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Pineapple Express
   Play Movie
      Choose Version
         Theatrical Version
      Theatrical Version
   Languages
      Audio Set Up
         English
         Français
      Subtitles
         English*
         English Subtitled Commentary
         Français
         Subtitles: Off
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Commentary with Filmmakers and Cast: On/Off
      Extended & Alternate Scenes
         Play All
         Private Miller
         Forest
         Asians In Van
         Diner
      Gag Reel
      The Making of Pineapple Express
      Previews
         Step Brothers
         Superbad
         Paul Blart: Mall Cop
         The Wackness
         Balls Out: Gary The Tennis Coach
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Cant wait for dvd

    Pineapple Express was a great movie and stoner buddy flick. If you liked the humor of Superbad you will enjoy this one. There is a lot of action and the final action scene was on my favorite of all of 2008. Its from the Apatow crowd so no doubt this 3 disc dvd will be packed with great extras that will be worth every penny. I suggest you pre-order this right now.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    AMAZZZZZZING!!!!!!!

    Best movie ever! I find myself quoting this movie daily. It is and always will be my favorite movie. HIGHLY RECCOMEND!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Pineapple buzzed

    Good flick, for fans of Clerks, ClerksII, How High and Half Baked

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Meh

    I'm not a pothead, but I can appreciate pothead humor nonetheless. I can appreciate good humor in general. The humor in Pineapple Express took too long to get going. I don't think I laughed much before the two main characters went to Danny McBride's character's house and people started getting shot. I've heard people complain that the movie gets too much into the violence aspect and loses its charm and fun. I personally disagree. In fact, I liked the movie more when it got violent and ridiculous. The entire opening scene done in black & white was stupid and not funny. I like all the actors in this movie, and their previous work. <BR/><BR/>Good rental. Iffy purchase. <BR/><BR/>Just my opinion.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    make sure you watch it in the 'right state of mind'

    ...........because you know that's how they meant for you to see it :P* lol. i saw it in a theatre on opening night. the audience was ripped with laughter. it truly is one of the funniest movies that came out in 2008.<BR/><BR/>i couldn't wait to get it home and watch it on dvd for the REAL special effects. the deleted scenes are also worth paying the inflated barnes n noble price lol. believe me!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful

    i loved this

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2012

    BEST MOVIe

    BEST MOVIe

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

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    Funny, but doesn't live up to the Hype.

    The group of friends I hang out with consider this to be one of the perennial classic "Guy Films" and it doesn't in my opinion live up to that reputation. The film follows this guy Dale Denton played by Seth Rogen who delivers Sub Poenas to people and his Drug Dealer played by James Franco. Basically they get in some trouble with this guy Ted and hilarity is SUPPOSED to ensue. Now James Franco's performance is absolutely perfect I must say his Stoner Drug Dealer character Saul is just to funny he's laidback Demeanor and memorable lines are enough to hold up almost any film. Unfortunately Saul is not the main focus of this film he is one of the people drawed in because of Dale's stupidity, that being said he is handsdown the best character in this film. If a sequel is made to this movie it should just follow Saul around and get rid of the other Two. I would tell you some of the hilarious lines but they're so funny I dont want to spoil them. The film as a whole unfortunately is just "Good" it had some standout sequences like the part in the woods, or the fight at Red's house, or the Car chase, but the rest of the film just isn't that great. Its the kind of film that is haunted by what it could have been, because JF's performance aside the film as a whole could have been so much more - CM

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    One of the most hilarious movies of all time

    This is one of those movies that you wouldn't think would be that hilarious, but it was. I bought it because it's one of those movies that you could watch again and again. It's great for any adult audience.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Meh

    Seth Rogan continues to be one of the most over-rated "comic" actors of this generation. He's about as funny as Rob Schnieder or Adam Sandler, which is to say he never GROWS in character development- he essentially plays the exact same character in every film he appears in. One-sided schtick can only take you so far: watching his earlier films under Judd Apatow no longer prove amusing, because he essentially does the SAME EXACT THING in every film, in that he has never ceased to be Cal from "The 40 Year Old Virgin." These same Roganian non-virtues can also be seen in Danny McBride, who is consistently one of the lamest and un-funny actors I've ever seen comitted to celluloid. McBride is so constantly horrendous that he makes Chris Kattan seem like a comedic visionary by comparison. If there is anyone who is capable of one-upping Rogan in crummy performances, McBride is the man to beat.


    That being said, this movie is moderatly worth seeing for three reasons:


    1). James Franco plays an utterly perfect stoner. His performance is uncanny, because he enveloped the attitude and disposition of every stoner I've ever met in my life (which is not to say that all stoners are the same, Franco just manages to take all of their really endearing qualities and roll them into one person).

    2). Daryl Philbin, nay, Craig Robinson's hitman character, Matheson, is quite hilarious, especially when donning his "sensitive" side.

    3). The fight in Red's house is, without a doubt, one of the most hilarious fights I've ever seen in a movie- it was over the top, and fantastically blocked and executed.

    There you have it, only three reasons to see a two-hour stoner movie that everyone seems to find ridiculously hilarious.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    James Franco, pot head?

    James Franco is very versatile. From a pot head to the new Goblin/Harry Osborn in the Spiderman series to one of the partners of Harvey Milk. This guy can act. Now, Seth Rogen is familiar with comedies since he has been in "Knocked Up", "Superbad" and "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" to name a few. I think this was his best movie so far. The chemistry and friendship between James and Seth's characters is not only funny but, sweet. This was the first comedy in awhile that could actually make me laugh though there were some parts that didn't. Overall the plot, the acting, the action, the humor and even the music made for a great and enjoyable film.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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