Ever wonder what you would get if you took an 80's buddy cop movie and replaced the cops with stoners, then took Half Baked and made it clever instead of cheesy, and mixed the two together? What you would get is pretty close to what Pineapple Express turned out to be. I don't know if that sounds good or not, but I loved it. I was already excited for it, but didn't expect it to be near as action-packed or as smart as it was.
Dale Denton (Seth Rogen) is a 25-year-old process server who loves smoking weed. His typical day is made up of smoking, handing out subpoenas and hanging out with his 18-year-old high school girlfriend. Dale visits his drug dealer Saul Silver (James Franco) and ends up purchasing an extremely rare batch of weed called "Pineapple Express." Dale then goes to hand out another subpoena and ends up witnessing a murder, but leaves his joint at the scene.
This isn't just another goofy stoner movie. What really sets it apart is that while weed is the catalyst for the trouble they find themselves in, it isn't the major focus of the film. That said, there is still a lot of smoking and we get to see them act ridiculous and hear them say stupid things. Writers Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Judd Apatow were able to make this such an enjoyable movie not because it's just a stoner comedy, but because they succeed in mixing that style of comedy with lots of action and an actual plot. It might not be the deepest plot, but it is still more of one than just about any other stoner comedy
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