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Includes Both Theatrical and Extended Versions of the Film
Commentary with Filmmakers and Cast
Extended & Alternate Scenes
The Making of Pineapple Express
Video: Widescreen 2.40:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, French
Run Time: 117 min
Synopsis from DVD Cover:
Ride high on the Pineapple Express, the outrageously hysterical blockbuster from Judd Apatow, the director and screenwriter of Knocked Up. A lazy stoner (Seth Rogen) is the sole witness to a murder by an evil drug lord (Gary Cole) and a corrupt cop (Rosie Perez). Marked for death, he runs for his life, dragging his dazed dealer (James Franco) and his supplier (Danny McBride) with him on a hilarious pot-fueled adventure. Directed by David Gordon Green. Screenplay by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg.
Once again, I was all excited about an Apatow outing. With my not-so-secret Seth Rogen crush, a healthy appreciation for James Franco, and a sense of humor that often veers toward clever/dirty, I thought I was all set for an evening of hearty laughing fun. Nope. I mean, the are laughs, and there's still some of the nasty but still really witty banter I've gotten to love in films like "Superbad," but what "Pineapple Express" feels like, ultimately, is a story that some teenage boys who've smoked a bit wrote down in a hazy fog while eating Cheet-os and Ho-Hos, telling themselves, "Oh, hey, THIS would be cool!" Then, years later, once successful, said boys pull said stained script out from under the couch they abandoned in someone's basement and decided to get it produced. Poof - we're on the Pineapple Express.
Dale Denton (Seth Rogen) is a process server who gets his boring life of pot smoking and dreams of being a radio talk show host blown out the water when he is the inadvertent witness to some drug crime shenanigans. When Dale runs to his dealer, Saul Silver (James Franco), Saul warns that they have to go on the run, because Dale, in his rush to flee, has left a trail of pot (not literally) that can only lead back to these hapless pot-heads. From there, there's much pot, some running, a few more smoke breaks, Rosie Perez, and some inexplicable action at the end.
Again, it's not that this movie and its weed-y heroes are without their charm. There are some funny moments, and occasionally there's a glimpse of that uniquely Apatow-ic brand of humor that is, all at once, juvenile, filthy, intelligent, and well-read, but just when you get settled in for some chuckles, there's a long interlude of bland set up. It's also not a matter of performances; Rogen's funny and there's even a little bit of depth to his character every once in a while, and maybe it's because I watched "Milk" in the same weekend, but I really believe Franco has some of the widest range I've seen in recent years. But aside from the decent actors and the sometimes funny lines, it's all a big mess. Everything feels stitched together like a series of hit-or-miss skits, and the bombs and guns ultra-action-packed ending seems, again, like a Mary Jane-induced chatfest by some kids with notebooks and pencils - though, in a strange twist, these scenes are well directed and, oddly enough, prove that David Gordon Green might actually be able to do an action flick in the future. This, however, was not an action flick, and ended up making me bored and hungry for some Cocoa Krispies.
The version of this that I saw was the single-disc Unrated Edition, which includes both the Theatrical and Unrated versions. Also included are some mildly entertaining Extended and Alternate Scenes, the Gag Reel, which is my favorite thing on the disc, and a "Making of Pineapple Express" featurette, made more enjoyable because of its participants. The Audio Commentary with Apatow and Rogen isn't especially over-informative, but these guys can't help but be funny. If you've seen this movie, or even if you haven't and you think you might like it despite my warnings, I would recommend the Two-Disc Special Edition-I haven't seen it, but it's got more Extras than anything I've ever heard of and is probably worth a look.
It doesn't take a lot to write a movie about pot, but it takes more than a bong and typewriter to make a comedy. "Pineapple Express" has its shining moments, but they're few and far between, and the rest is a whole lot of disjointed and dull pointlessness.