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PCR #437 (Vol. 9, No. 32) This edition is for the week of August 4--10, 2008.

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Movie Review
"Pineapple Express"

Movie review by:
Michael A. Smith

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Columbia Pictures     
Starring: Seth Rogen, James Franco and Danny McBride
Directed by: David Gordon Green
Rated: R
Running Time: 1 hour 51 mins

1937. In an underground bunker located in the middle of nowhere, our military is conducting various experiments on our soldiers. Under the watchful eye of General Brat (James Remar) a young soldier (Bill Hader) is made to smoke more and more of a substance only known as “Item 9.” The more he smokes the more the soldier relaxes until he begins to tell the General what he thinks. Because of this free thinking, the general declares “Item 9” to be illegal.

Fast forward seventy years. Dale (Rogen) is a 35-year-old schlub who makes his money as a process server. Since most of the people he needs to serve don’t want to be found, he has developed a knack of disguising himself to get his jobs completed. From delivery man to operating room doctor, Dale has a plan for every situation. Dale loves two things. One is his 17-year-old girlfriend (Amber Heard). The other? Marijuana. Usually provided by his dealer of choice, Saul (Franco). One night, while on an assignment, Dale witnesses a murder. Before he can escape, he is seen by the killer. Soon it seems that everyone, good guys and bad guys, want Dale dead. Everyone except his buddy Saul, who joins Dale on an adventure that will try their patience not to mention their friendship.

I guess the “stoner” film became popular in the late 1970s, thanks to the comedy stylings of Mssrs. Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong. Films like “Up In Smoke” and “Nice Dreams” created a new type of film hero, the funny stoner. Best of these has always been Sean Penn’s Jeff Spicolli from “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” Now Penn has competition. Franco is a revelation here. Gone is the serious and vain Harry Osborn from the “Spider-Man” films. In his place is an intelligent, funny and truly caring person who just happens to enjoy his daily THC input. Rogen, who co-wrote the film, is equally funny as Dale, whose methods and choices of disguises are some of the funniest parts of the film. And if you’re not familiar with Danny McBride, take the time to let him introduce himself as this film, coupled with next week’s just as funny “Tropic Thunder,” adds McBride to the list of truly up and coming performers.

One word of caution: this film (also like “Tropic Thunder”) is quite violent, with a pretty impressive variety of exploding heads and bullet hits. That being said, a hit of “Pineapple Express” is just the cure for the dog days of summer. On a scale of zero to four stars I give “Pineapple Express”

This week's movie review of "Pineapple Express" is ©2008 by Michael A. Smith.  All graphics this page are creations of Nolan B. Canova, ©2008, all rights reserved. All contents of "Nolan's Pop Culture Review" are ©2008 by Nolan B. Canova.