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article imageOp-Ed: Early Review of 'Pineapple Express'

By Michael Billy     Jul 17, 2008 in Entertainment
Pineapple Express will not be released to theaters until August 8, but that has not stopped this citizen journalist from viewing an early screening of the film. Go ahead, scour the internet, it will be hard to find another review.
The flick comes from the minds of writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg who also collaborated on the hit comedies Superbad and Knocked Up. It is produced by Judd Apatow.
Pineapple Express follows suit and attempts to strike at the audiences collective funny bone, and wildly succeeds.
The movie follows the antics of Dale Denton (played by Rogen), a Process Server who likes to smoke weed -- a lot. He winds up witnessing a murder, commited by a policewoman and a drug lord, forcing him to run to the only person he can trust: his drug dealer Saul Silver (played by James Franco).
Needless to say, Denton was smoking marijuana when he witnessed the crime and, in his state of panic, dropped the joint outside of his car window. He later realizes that the drug lord will be able to trace the special cannabis dubbed 'Pineapple Express' to Saul, the only person in town selling the substance. The two can now comprehend the danger they are facing and decide to go on the run.
The rest? Well you'll just have to watch the the movie to find out, but trust me when I say that action-packed hilarity ensues.
Saul shows us, on many occasions, how good intentions can go wrong and, in one particulary case, gets the duo into a car chase involving a stolen police car. Dale's character teaches us a little about friendship, trust, and sacrifice as the two ill equipped 'action-heros' try to find a way to fight back against the drug lord's gang.
Pineapple Express is, by far, the best comedy of the summer and will likely be the best 'stoner-comedy' of the year, especially considering the bust that was Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay.
But non-stoners need not avoid this movie as it does not hinge on the stoner-element. It is merely a theme used to thrust the characters -- and audience -- into the absurd situation that is occurring.
If you laughed at Superbad, or you laughed at Knocked Up, then you will definitely enjoy Pineapple Express. If you did not, then this movie probably isn't for you.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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