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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Pineapple Express

Sunday night rolled around and, once again, I was facing the prospect of getting up at 5 a.m. for the morning flight to Brussels. Sunday evenings like that suck donkey balls (as an old friend of mine used to say), so in such situations, the cinema is always a good option.

This is one bizarrely good film, in my opinion. I don't think I've ever seen a film that combines stoner sequences with hard action. Those aren't two themes that you'd think would sit well together, but it works for Pineapple Express. Denton (Seth Rogen) is a slacker and dope fiend, who holds down a job and a teenage girlfriend. His supplier Saul (excellent performance from James Franco) is lonely and looking for a friend. When Denton witnesses a murder, the two end up on the run hiding from the murderer.

This film tries to convey some messages (such as growing up into adulthood and the effects of dope) but the final action scenes override these and the engaging characters really made the film enjoyable. A surprise surprise for me.

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