Movie Review: Pineapple Express

The Judd Apatow team is back at it again, this time Seth Rogen and James Franco are a couple of stoners who get themselves unluckily involved in witnessing a murder. It's a funny premise and this movie plays a lot like Apatow's other films. However, it comes up short when placed against Knocked Up and Superbad. There are funny parts in the movie, but since a lot of the comedy comes from the dialogue and interaction between the characters, the dialogue can get a little heavy at times. In Superbad and Knocked Up the humor came from the character's raunchiness behavior. In Pineapple Express, the humor isn't really raunchy, but more adept (dare I say it) to the language of stoneville. So maybe if you are stoners, you might enjoy this movie a lot more.
What I did like was the fact that James Franco got a bigger spotlight than any movie he has done before. And I must say that he does pretty good job at it too. This shows that he can do a bigger range of acting, than just a side villain in that superhero movie.
While Pineapple Express isn't on the same level as the Apatow joint's other flicks, it does get by with some nice chugs and laughs.
3 out of 5

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