I love Pineapple Express. I’ve seen it at least 4 times at this point and it just never fails to get me. I’m not really a huge stoner movie fan, Half Baked is great and Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle has its moments, but for the most part I just don’t think they’re that funny, usually because the plot of the movie intentionally falls short due to the genre. But Pineapple Express is sort of complex for a stoner movie, and it really works to its advantage. It mixes standard stoner-type of comedy with random images and extreme violence, which just adds to it. Like when Saul (James Franco) bursts into a warehouse with an assault rifle to go after a corrupt cop (Rosie Perez), the film shows him doing this in slow motion while yelling “Fuck the police!” Saul fails at this, of course, because he doesn’t know what he’s doing. But he’s obviously always wanted to do something like that, and he’s stoned, and that desire supersedes any sense he might have in the situation. Another great part is when Saul and Dale (Seth Rogen) are being chased by the corrupt cop, whose car is right up next to theirs, Saul slams on the breaks. Movies have told Saul that this will cause the cop to keep going past them, because they’re both going so fast. But instead, the corrupt cop stops, too, and begins shooting into the car. It’s another stupid move, but is sort of understandable in the context.
I also really love male friendships and the one between Dale and Saul is just one of the best. At first, Dale is sort of creeped out by how friendly Saul is, but throughout their adventures together they learn to understand and, yes, love each other. It’s pretty cute.
I enjoyed this movie a lot more than I remembered when I first saw it. I think James Franco is definitely the star of this film. He’s got that drug dealer persona down pretty good. I think this movie made me really want to watch Superbad and Knocked Up again. I’d be pretty curious to see if I would still like them.
This movie may have inspired me to buy a pineapple corer today…..but I guess we’ll never truly know.