Pineapple Express Comedy Review

10 months ago Jill Nichols Comments Off on Pineapple Express Comedy Review

Seth Rogen is quickly taking over Hollywood as the “must-see” comedic actor working today.  I once would have given that crown to the likes of Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler, and Jim Carrey.  That being said, he is not the shining star of his latest comedy Pineapple Express.  That honor goes to James Franco.  I had previously never heard the name James Franco, and being a big Rogen fan was just hoping that Franco would play well enough to let Rogen do his thing.  That wasn’t the case.  Franco stole the show.  Almost all of the funniest lines from this movie came right from Franco’s mouth.

My Opinion

That’s not to take anything away from Rogen, who plays much more of the straight man in this film (well, as much of a straight man as you can be when you are high as a kite in every scene).  The characters compliment each other very well and let the story unfold around them without acting too completely over-the-top and ridiculous.  Each plays their character as completely likable, and I was pulling for them from start to finish.

Of course, it is still basically a stoner comedy, and by no means is a masterpiece.  It is not as good as last year’s Judd Apatow-fueled classic Superbad.  However, as far as this summer’s comedies go, I enjoyed it much more than I did Step Brothers, which I can’t help comparing it to.  I laughed in almost every scene (like I said, mostly at Franco).  The plot is crazy, but at least it is enjoyable.  It even has a whole lot of cool action at the end of the film, as well as a great car chase.

Overall, the film was very good as a stoner comedy, with some elements that go above and beyond just that.  If you don’t mind a plot that starts out crazy and completely blows up by the end and are just looking for some great characters who will make you laugh, I think this one is a great pick.  In no way is it serious, but stoner humor rarely ever tries to be, and this is no exception.  I was kept thoroughly entertained and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for some laughs this summer.  Keep an eye on James Franco, I am betting that this will be a breakout performance for him.  I’d love to see him and Rogen team up again, as they really have terrific on-screen chemistry together.

Rating: 4 / 5 stars

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