Sunday, March 22, 2009

Pineapple Express [2008]

Director: David Gordon Green
Starring: Seth Rogen, James Franco, Gary Cole, Rosie Perez, Kevin Corrigan, Craig Robinson, Danny R. McBride
Points: 90 out of 100
Rating: Teen (violence, drug use)
Comment: "Surprisingly, a film revolving around drug use can actually be very good!..."

Films written by Seth Rogen are often difficult to place in terms of it's genre. Personally speaking, I find his films a bit difficult to enjoy mainly because his films were written with Americans in mind. But what I find to be a major draw of Pineapple Express is the poster; seeing those firearms give the impression that this will be an action film. The truth is, there is something in it for everyone.

The film, simply put is about a 'stoner' witnessing a murder involving a drug lord and a corrupt police officer. From there, humourous events occur as he got people around him involved in his mess which include his girlfriend and her family, his drug dealer and the drug dealer's middle-man.

It is difficult pinpoint exactly what is the best thing about the film because there are just too many. The opening scene which parodies the history of marijuana in the United States, is already hysterical enough. For those who love action; just like the poster hints, there is plenty of action to keep the you satisfied.

Seth Rogen is definitely suited for roles such as this, but what is more entertaining is the performance given by James Franco. Remember Harry Osbourne from the Spider-man movies? Or James Dean from the self-titled tv-series? Yeap, it's the same person, although you would hardly recognise him. It has nothing to do with his appearance, but rather because he played a character so different than his usually-more-dramatic roles. It is definitely one of the most entertaining aspects of this film.

Points Calculation

The Good [+100]
- Hilarious!
- James Franco as a stoner

The Bad [-10]
- Drug-use might turn some people off

100 - 10 = 90 points

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