THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS
Not About Pineapple at All!
Release Date: August 08, 2008
Starring: Seth Rogen, James Franco, Gary
Cole, Rosie Perez, and Danny
Genre: Action Comedy
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 111 minutes
Distributor: Columbia Pictures/Sony
Director: David Gordon Green
Executive Producer: Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen
Producer: Judd Apatow and Shauna
Writer: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg
Address Comments To:Michael Lynton, Chairman/CEO
Amy Pascal, Chairman - Motion Picture Group
Sony Pictures Entertainment/Columbia Pictures
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This movie is billed as a ‘stoner action movie’ and does deliver on both counts. The characters are addicted to marijuana and are high for most of the movie. The action is solid and is a good blend of believable action and slapstick comedy. The story involves the viewer and the production quality is good on all counts.
However, the content of the movie is disturbing. The whole point of the movie, based on an opening flashback scene, seems to be that the decision to make marijuana illegal has created the criminal industry of drug trafficking. There is conversation advocating the legalization of marijuana. The antics of the characters while high are the basis of the plot and the comedy. However, there is a moment when Dale tells Saul that they have to stop smoking marijuana and think straight if they want to avoid the henchmen who are after them. However, there is no observable change in their behavior after that.
While there are no sex scenes, sexual innuendo permeates the dialogue and there are “comedy” beats that mimic homosexual sex. The filmmakers have a track record of making vulgar, obscene movies. PINEAPPLE EXPRESS continues their trend. While there are some funny moments and the storyline of a character being at the wrong place at the wrong time is always a strong story, the movie’s offensive content negates the possibility of receiving any overall commendation. In fact, the dialogue has an abnormally high amount of obscene language, which matches the obscene storyline.
The point of PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, based on an opening flashback scene, seems to be that the decision to make marijuana illegal has created the criminal industry of drug trafficking. The antics of the characters while high are the basis for the movie’s plot and comedy. However, there is a moment when Dale tells Saul that they have to stop smoking marijuana and think straight if they want to avoid the henchmen. However, there is no observable change in their behavior after that. Sexual innuendo, including a crude homosexual reference, permeates the movie, which is filled with abundant obscenities.