New on DVD: Pineapple Express

New on DVD: Pineapple Express

Pineapple Express is the side-splitting tale of two chronically stoned ne’er-do-wells who suddenly find themselves trying to survive the pitfalls of an action movie. Dale (Seth Rogen) is a process server who regularly gets high to ward off the stress of his daily duties. He grudgingly tries to maintain a business-only relationship with his lonely […]


Pineapple Express is the side-splitting tale of two chronically stoned ne’er-do-wells who suddenly find themselves trying to survive the pitfalls of an action movie.

Dale (Seth Rogen) is a process server who regularly gets high to ward off the stress of his daily duties. He grudgingly tries to maintain a business-only relationship with his lonely dealer Saul (James Franco) despite Saul’s grasping at any sign of friendship and invitations to hangout. When Saul presents Dale with rare primo marijuana called Pineapple Express, Dale immediately coughs up the extra dough. But when he witnesses a murder by the city’s most dangerous drug lord (Gary Cole) and a dirty cop (Rosie Perez), the uncommon weed from a discarded roach is easily traced back to him and Saul. All of a sudden, the pair is running for their lives and trying to work out if they can really be friends.

This is action-comedy at its best. The laughs never stop and the ludicrousness of the action sequences is entirely fitting since the characters are bumbling towards survival. Nonetheless, the inept stoners take part in a car chase, gun battles, hand-to-hand combat and massive explosions.

In between the mayhem and hilarity, writers Rogen and Evan Goldberg incorporate what audiences have come to expect from a Judd Apatow production – an endearing and thoughtful core. Saul and Dale are fully developed characters with emotional ties (Dale has a teenage girlfriend and Saul has his grandma) and issues to work through (their answer to everything is marijuana). In addition to the rollercoaster of facetious violence, the guys ride the ups and downs of their relationships to others and each other.

Much like the film, the DVD special features are highly amusing. The “making of” featurette explores all aspects of the production from idea to script to casting to the inexperienced shooting of an action weed comedy. The three extended and alternate scenes are mostly great improv by the comedic cast, while the gag reel is a montage of various moments of goofing off on set. The audio commentary is very lively and funny, as it includes the majority of the cast as well as the director and producers.