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Pineapple Express (2008)

  • Rate: 7.0/10 total 116,040 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Comedy | Crime
  • Release Date: 6 August 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 111 min | USA:117 min (unrated version)
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Pineapple Express (2008)


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  • IMDb page: Pineapple Express (2008)
  • Rate: 7.0/10 total 116,040 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Comedy | Crime
  • Release Date: 6 August 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 111 min | USA:117 min (unrated version)
  • Filming Location: Glendale, California, USA
  • Budget: $27,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $101,624,843(Worldwide)(8 March 2009)
  • Director: David Gordon Green
  • Stars: Seth Rogen, James Franco and Gary Cole
  • Original Music By: Graeme Revell   
  • Soundtrack: Hiilawe
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Witness | Murder | Process Server | Stoner | Drug Lord

Writing Credits By:

  • Seth Rogen (screenplay) &
  • Evan Goldberg (screenplay)
  • Judd Apatow (story) and
  • Seth Rogen (story) &
  • Evan Goldberg (story)

Known Trivia

  • Seth Rogen told the April 25 issue of Rolling Stone that the filmmakers originally wanted a budget of $50 million but was only able to secure $25 million due to the drug-heavy subject matter.
  • Seth Rogen originally wrote the part of Saul Silver for himself to play, it wasn’t until the table read that he realized James Franco would be funnier in the role of Saul.
  • During a July 2008 interview with the Orange County Register about Pineapple Express, the interviewer told Seth Rogen and James Franco that he prepared for the interview by watching the classic stoner comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High the night before. When he asked Rogen and Franco if they prepared likewise before making this film, Franco said he prepared by making out with Spicoli (a reference to his having shot Milk, in which he and Sean Penn play lovers).
  • The red slurpee Saul spills over the windshield of the cop car was darkened in the trailer after it was discovered that audiences were mistaking it for blood.
  • Seth Rogen was a guest on The Howard Stern Show on August 11, 2008 and he told Howard Stern that he wrote the script in 2001. However since he was still relatively new it wasn’t until his performances in The 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up that the script was approved.
  • Saul’s grandmother was not part of the original script. James Franco came up with the part, suggesting that it would be funny for his drug dealer character to have a Bubbie.
  • While filming the scene in which Saul runs into a tree, James Franco became overzealous and actually ran into the tree causing him to get three stitches.
  • Rosie Perez convinced the director, David Gordon Green to cut most of her dialogue out, telling him it would make her character’s crooked side more effective.
  • The word “fuck” and its derivatives are said 180 times.
  • Shipped to some theaters under the title “Easy Job”.

Goofs: Continuity: During the car chase when Saul slams on the breaks and the cop shoots at him it busts both windows and hits a civilian but the next shot of Saul the window is still intact.

Plot: A process server and his marijuana dealer wind up on the run from hitmen and a corrupt police officer after he witness his dealer's boss murder a competitor while trying to serve papers on him. Full summary »  »

Story: Lazy court-process clerk and stoner Dale Denton has only one reason to visit his equally lazy dealer Saul Silver: to purchase weed, specifically, a rare new strain called Pineapple Express. But when Dale becomes the only witness to a murder by a crooked cop and the city's most dangerous drug lord, he panics and dumps his roach of Pineapple Express at the scene. Dale now has another reason to visit Saul: to find out if the weed is so rare that it can be traced back to him–and it is. As Dale and Saul run for their lives, they quickly discover that they're not suffering from weed-fueled paranoia: incredibly, the bad guys really are hot on their trail and trying to figure out the fastest way to kill them both. All aboard the Pineapple Express.Written by Anonymous  


Synopsis: The movie starts off in 1937 when a car pulls up to an empty field with a large rock. Two men get out of the car, and lift the rock, which reveals a sewer opening. The climb down to a military facility and watch behind a two-way mirror as a soldier, smoking marijuana, begins to reveal very graphically what he hates about the army, but still remains very relaxed and happy. The higher-ranking officer immediately closes the project and deems marijuana ILLEGAL!

Jump forward to the present is Dale Denton (Seth Rogen) in his car listening to talk radio, smoking pot, and giving his own advice to listeners. He is a process server and drives from client to client, changing into different disguises to more easily serve people court documents and collection notices. On his break, he visits his 18-year-old girlfriend Angie (Amber Heard) at her high school, and tries to avoid going to her house for dinner with her parents, who he has yet to meet. When they’re discussing this, a teacher asks for his vistors pass and picks a fight with Dale, who responds very crudely, even giving him the finger several times (one of many funny scenes). Only after seeing Angie talking to good-looking male student does he finally agree to go to dinner.

Leaving the school, he calls Saul (James Franco) to pick up some more weed. When he gets to Saul’s place, Saul introduces him to Pineapple Express, a rare form of marijuana he got from his supplier Red (Danny McBride). Saul repeatedly tries to keep Saul from leaving, coaxing him with a cross-shaped joint, which creates a trifecta effect when all three points are lit at the same time. After they take a hit, Saul again tries to leave, but Saul begins asking questions about what he does. Saul explains, and tells him he’s actually going to serve a man named Ted Jones (Gary Cole) right after leaving. Saul says his supplier Red gets his stuff from a guy named Ted Jones. It would be funny if it were the same guy.

Dale gets to Ted’s house, but parks to smoke a quick joint. As hes smoking, he notices a cop car pull up behind him, so he ducks down to avoid being noticed. A female cop (Rosie Perez) gets out and marches into Ted’s house with her gun drawn. Dale gets freaked out when hears gunshots and looks up at the bedroom in time to see Ted and Carol (the cop) shoot an Asian man. He freaks out and tries to leave quickly, but repeatedly backs into Carol’s squad car and another car before making his getaway. In his haste, he threw his joint out of the window. Ted and Carol hear the commotion and come outside. Ted sees the joint, takes a puff, and says, Pineapple Express.

Dale gets to Saul’s place, but doesn’t get in right away because Saul keeps pressing the buzzer too quickly. When he finally gets upstairs, he begins to freak out and vomits on Saul’s printer. Saul tries to calm him down, but them mentions Pineapple Express is really rare. Dale asks if he’s the only person that has it in town. Saul says yes. Dale again begins to panic. They begin to run around the apartment, trying to figure out what to do. They get the weed, bring some snacks, get the hell out.

Driving around, they decide to go nowhere, so they pull off into the woods, begin to smoke. Saul calls Red and tells him they’ll be by at noon the next day. Red is not alone in his home. Ted sent his men, Budlofsky and Matheson, who call him to give him the news. Budlofsky is a quiet, white man whos married. Matheson (bouncer from Knocked Up) is a bigger, black man who keeps telling Budlofsky he’s gone soft.

Dale and Saul begin freaking out in the woods. They become paranoid their phones can be traced, so they decide to smash them. Dale smashes his on a rock, while Saul tries to throw his at a tree, but misses. As they’re looking for the phone, Saul panics and thinks he hears something, so he begins running. Dale takes his cue and runs in the opposite direction. They both fall multiple times before making it back to the car. Dale turns on the radio to listen to talk radio.

They wake up the next morning to find they slept till 4pm. Dale tries to turn on his car, but the batteries dead, so they have to hike through the woods. Funny sequence of them smoking in the woods and dancing. They hitchhike to Red’s place, where Red invites them in for cake. It’s obvious hes been beaten up, but he says he’s got herpes, which disgusts Saul since they shared joints before. Red says he’s going to call his wife; Dale starts to get suspicious and takes the phone. When he doesn’t give it back, Red throws an ashtray at him. He and Dale begin to fight. When Dale has him down, he runs into the bathroom and throws it in the toilet. Red and Saul begin to fight and Dale joins in again. (Awesome scene!) They trash Red’s house with all the fighting. Red manages to lock himself into the bathroom, and tries to use the phone. Saul and Dale break down the door, knocking Red into the sink, which breaks, and squashing him under the door with Dale on top. He calls time-out, which causes Dale and Saul to momentarily stop, then calls time-in, and throws Dale off the door and runs into his living room. Dale finally throws Red headfirst into a wall to get the fight to end.

They duct tape him to his deceased grandfathers wheelchair, and pump him for info. He tells them about Matheson and Budlofsky and promises to help them get away. Just them, Matheson and Budlofsky knock on the door. Dale and Saul run out the back way and into an alley to hide. Red immediately tells Matheson and Budlofsky, who call Ted with the news. Ted tells them to kill Red, so they each shoot him in the stomach and leave. Ted begins to wonder if Dale works with the Asians he’s at war with, who are camped outside his house. Dale realizes if Red tells Ted’s guys who he is, then Angie’s in danger since she has things in his apartment, so they run to Angie’s house.

When they get there, Dale goes in, looking and smelling horrible. Angie is upset with his appearance and lateness, and as he tries to explain the whole situation, her father goes to get his gun. When Saul notices Matheson and Budlofsky outside, he runs inside to warn them only to be stabbed in the shoulder with a fork by Angie. Dale explains Saul is the good drug dealer, his drug dealer just before her father arrives with his gun and begins shooting at them. Dale calms them down and gets them to leave the house before the others get there. He tells Angie to go to a motel on the other side of town and use the name Garagely. He and Saul hide in a tree for the night. They talk. Saul tells Dale he considers him a friend.

The next morning, they decide to sell weed to make some money, so they sell a few handfuls to some high school kids. While Saul gets them food, Dale just sits back and smokes. A cop driving by catches him. She arrests him and alerts officers, including Carol, of their location. He explains the situation to her. She seems to believe him, asking him for more info. Saul sees Dale in the back seat and assumes the cop is Carol, so he creates a division while she’s driving towards him. He throws himself on her car and throws cherry slushies at the windshield. When she gets out to see who she hit, he climbs into the driver’s seat and reverses the car. She begins firing at them, and Carol tries to ram them from behind. A very funny car chase ensues. He cant find the wipers, so he kicks the windshield with his foot, only to have it get stuck, so he drives around with his foot through the window. They lose Carol by getting her to ram several cars and flip hers.

When they get out of the car, Dale calls Angie to see how shes doing. They argue and basically break up. Dale suggests to Saul they stop smoking, so they can be more aware of whats going on. Saul disagrees and this leads to an argument between them, where Dale coldly tells Saul they arent friends, which upsets Saul and causes them to go their separate ways. Saul goes to the park and cries as he eats a sandwich. Dale calls Angie, and cries he loves her and how important she is to him. She responds she loves him back, and explains how she kept thinking she wants to marry him. This immediately stops Dale from crying and causes him to backtrack what he meant, and how quickly they’re moving. This just pisses Angie off and causes her to hang up on Dale. He then looks up the address of Saul’s grandmother whos in a nearby retirement home.

Saul arrives at the home and is surprised by Matheson and Budlofsky. As he tries to get away, he smashes a coffee pot in Matheson’s face, but is tackled by Budlofsky before he can get away. Dale arrives to find the police taking statements from Saul’s grandmother and other residents. He realizes Saul’s with Ted’s guys and goes to Red’s house. He finds Red in his bathroom with noodles and a knife. He attempts to pump Red up to rescue Saul, but Red mentions he’s been shot and is probably close to death. After a minute, he says what the hell and gets up to unveil his stash of guns. They arm themselves then take Red’s Daewoo Lamas to the farmhouse where Red grows his marijuana, the same facility used in the beginning of the movie.

At the farm, Matheson reveals he now has a terrible scar on the side of his face and attempts to attack Saul. Budlofsky forces him to lock Saul in a room downstairs, the same room where the soldier in the beginning was being observed. Dale and Red arrive, but Red chickens out and goes home. Dale busts in and holds one of Ted’s men hostage, hoping to trade him for Saul. It fails when Budlofsky shoots the guy and also forces Dale into the room with Saul.

While there, they talk and make up, which annoys Matheson since he heard from outside. When he leaves again, they attempt to break the ropes around their hands by using the buckle of Dales belt. The commotion sounds like they’re having sex, which freaks out Matheson, who they attack. He fires a shot at Dale and then is shot by Saul. Dale is alive, but was shot in the ear (Think Evander Holyfield). They arm themselves with guns that are around, while the Asians attack Ted, Carol, and their men from above. A huge gunfight goes down. Carol covers Ted so he can go down and see whats going on, they kiss before he goes. Dale and Saul kill a few of Ted’s men. Dale helps Saul into an airduct, but is shot at by Ted before he can make it up there too.

Dale and Ted have a shootout, then a fight. Ted tries to bite Dale’s ear, but realizes too late it’s bloody. He screams in disgust, which gives Dale time to pummel. They hit each other with fire extinguishers, fluorescent lights and pipes. Just as Dales winning, an Asian guy throws a bomb towards them. They run to avoid it, but Ted is blown into a wall and killed.

In the meantime, after Saul climbs out of the vent and he goes back inside the farmhouse and ends up fighting Carol. They have a pretty good fight, before he ultimately wins. Just as he is about to finish her off, Budlofsky fires a shot. He decides to go home to his wife rather than get more involved. As hes leaving, hes shot by Matheson, who is about to shoot Saul when he is rammed by Red’s Daewoo Lamas. Hes doing a little victory dance when Carol shoots him several times. When shes about to shoot Saul, the explosion from below blows the car onto Carol, killing her. Dale climbs out, and notices his pants are on fire, so he takes them off. He then pulls an unconscious Saul out of the burning building.

When he comes too, they get up in time to see the farmhouse explode. Oddly enough, Red crawls out, still alive. They celebrate their escape with breakfast at a nearby dinner. Red makes a joke about how hes probably dying, and as they take a moment to reflect on the miracle of their escape, he falls unconscious. They think hes dead, but he comes to when they call him. Sauls grandmother arrives and they climb into her car.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Judd Apatow known as producer
  • Evan Goldberg known as executive producer
  • Shauna Robertson known as producer
  • Seth Rogen known as executive producer
  • Dara Weintraub known as co-producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Seth Rogen known as Dale Denton
  • James Franco known as Saul Silver
  • Danny McBride known as Red
  • Kevin Corrigan known as Budlofsky
  • Craig Robinson known as Matheson
  • Gary Cole known as Ted Jones
  • Rosie Perez known as Carol / Female Cop
  • Ed Begley Jr. known as Robert
  • Nora Dunn known as Shannon
  • Amber Heard known as Angie Anderson
  • Joe Lo Truglio known as Mr. Edwards
  • Arthur Napiontek known as Clark
  • Cleo King known as Police Liaison Officer
  • Bill Hader known as Private Miller
  • James Remar known as General Bratt
  • Jonathan Spencer known as Scientist (as Jonathan Walker Spencer)
  • Dana Lee known as Cheung
  • Bobby Lee known as Bobby
  • Ken Jeong known as Ken
  • David C. Cook known as Chris Gebert
  • Howard S. Lefstein known as Mark (as Howard Lefstein)
  • Connie Sawyer known as Faye Belogus
  • David McDivitt known as Cop with Mole
  • Mae LaBorde known as Mrs. Mendelson
  • Kendall Carly Browne known as Old Woman
  • George Lew known as Old Man
  • John Robert Tramutola known as Walt (as John Tramutola)
  • Adam Crosby known as Ack
  • Andrew Heald known as Blake
  • Jeannetta Arnette known as Sandra Danby
  • Carlos Aleman known as Guy in Car
  • Omar Leyva known as Guy in Car #2
  • Sam Carson known as Xerox Secretary
  • Jack Kehler known as Walter – Accountant
  • Robert Longstreet known as Dr. Terrence
  • Peter Lewis known as Peter – Thug #1
  • Steve Bannos known as Jared – Thug #2
  • Eddie Rouse known as Lance – Thug #5
  • Mark Whigham known as Thug #3
  • Brian Scannell known as Thug #4
  • Ricky Dominguez known as School Guy #1 (uncredited)
  • Gabe Fiscale known as Tennis Pro (uncredited)
  • Brandon G. Holley known as High School Student (uncredited)
  • Jourdan Lee known as Assassin #1 (uncredited)
  • Nathan Mussell known as Paramedic (uncredited)
  • Jordan Pontell known as Scientist (uncredited)
  • Shawn Roe known as Clark's Friend (uncredited)
  • Jill Sayre known as (voice) (uncredited)
  • Sheila Shaw known as Waitress (uncredited)
  • George F. Watson known as Gov't Scientist B.O.N.G. Inventor / Diving Suit Attendant (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Cheryl Eckert known as hair stylist
  • Kimberly Greene known as makeup supervisor
  • Robert Hall known as prosthetic makeup effects creator: Almost Human
  • Eric Koo known as prosthetic makeup effects sculptor
  • Erik Porn known as key prosthetic makeup effects artist
  • Erin Wooldridge known as key makeup artist
  • Melissa A. Yonkey known as hair department head
  • Soo-Jin Yoon known as key hair stylist

Art Department:

  • Jeff Barnett known as assistant props (as Jeffrey Barnett)
  • Tom Benardello known as paint foreman
  • Michael R. Blaich known as paint supervisor
  • Bridget Cardenas known as stand-by painter
  • Ryan Falkner known as storyboard artist
  • Robert Fechtman known as assistant art director
  • Neil Garland known as propmaker foreman
  • Edward A. Giron known as labor foreman
  • Karen Higgins known as construction coordinator (as Karen D. Higgins)
  • Steven Kissick known as general foreman (as Steve Kissick)
  • Eric Koo known as sculptor
  • Thierry Labbe known as leadman
  • Caryn Marcus known as set decoration buyer
  • Martin Milligan known as on-set dresser
  • Kim Richey known as assistant property master
  • Steve Sickle known as stand-by greens (as Steve Sickels)
  • Michelle Spears known as property master
  • Brian Tipton known as shop foreman
  • Jason Vanover known as key greens
  • Kat Wilson known as art department coordinator (as Katherine Wilson)
  • Randy L. Childs known as propmaker foreman (uncredited)
  • Terry Corliss known as greens gangboss (uncredited)
  • David Corral known as greensman (uncredited)
  • William Eliscu known as graphic designer (uncredited)
  • Kevin Hummel known as props (uncredited)
  • James R. Lord known as carpenter (uncredited)
  • Canyon Martens known as greens gangboss (uncredited)
  • Christopher Morente known as greensman (uncredited)
  • Chris Samp known as set painter (uncredited)
  • Shane Sankey known as construction production assistant (uncredited)
  • Fred Seibly known as sign supervisor (uncredited)
  • Erik Soderstrom known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Andre Sowards known as on-set dresser: second unit (uncredited)
  • Schuyler Telleen known as art department assistant (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • Columbia Pictures (presents)
  • Relativity Media (in association with)
  • Apatow Productions (as Apatow Company)

Other Companies:

  • BT Industrial Supply  expendables
  • Cayman Music  music publishing
  • Central Casting  extras casting
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  cranes
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  dollies
  • Direct Tools & Fasteners  expendables
  • Gala Catering  catering
  • Lakeshore Records  soundtrack
  • Movie Movers  cast trailers
  • Movie Movers  hair and make-up trailers
  • On Tour Productions  grip and lighting equipment
  • Paramount Transportation Services  transportation services
  • Reel Security  security
  • Reel Team, The  loop group
  • Rockbottom Rentals  cell phone rentals
  • Rockbottom Rentals  junxion box rentals
  • Rockbottom Rentals  nextel cell phone rentals
  • Scarlet Letters  main and end titles
  • Sony Pictures Studios  sound post-production
  • Star Waggons  cast trailers
  • Star Waggons  hair and make-up trailers
  • Technicolor Digital Intermediates  digital intermediate
  • Transportation Resources  transportation equipment


  • Columbia Pictures (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • ACME (2008) (Lithuania) (theatrical)
  • Buena Vista Sony Pictures Releasing (BVSPR) (2008) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Forum Cinemas (2008) (Estonia) (theatrical)
  • Forum Cinemas (2008) (Latvia) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment (2009) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing Canada (2008) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2008) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2008) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2008) (France) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2008) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2008) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2008) (Poland) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Norway (2008) (Norway) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2008) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • Hollydan Works (2009) (Serbia) (DVD)
  • LK-TEL (2009) (Argentina) (DVD) (unrated edition)
  • RTL Entertainment (2011) (Netherlands) (TV) (RTL7)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Nordic (2009) (Finland) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (Germany) (DVD) (double feature with "Superbad")
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (UK) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (UK) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (Greece) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (Norway) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray) (2-disc unrated special edition)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray) (unrated special edition)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2009) (Argentina) (all media)
  • fX Network (2010) (USA) (TV)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Almost Human (prosthetic make-up effects)
  • Yard VFX (visual effects)
  • Pacific Vision Productions (visual effects)
  • Pacific Title and Art Studio (additional visual effects)
  • Zoic Studios (additional visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Josh Bolin known as compositor: Yard VFX
  • Chris Chappell known as compositor: Yard VFX
  • Scott M. Davids known as lead compositor: Yard VFX (as Scott Davids)
  • Jalal Jemison known as lead compositor: Yard VFX
  • David D. Johnson known as visual effects supervisor: Pacific Vision Productions (as Dave Johnson)
  • Benjamin Locke known as animator: Yard VFX (as Ben Locke)
  • Kim O'Donnell known as compositor: Yard VFX (as Kim Pepe)
  • Bob Wiatr known as digital compositor: Pacific Title
  • Raoul Bolognini known as visual effects producer: Zoic Studios (uncredited)
  • Kristen Branan known as head of production: Zoic Studios (uncredited)
  • Brian Hanable known as digital effects compositor: Pacific Title (uncredited)
  • Sean Kennedy known as digital effects artist: Pacific Vision Productions (uncredited)
  • Tyler Nathan known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Rocco Passionino known as visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
  • R. Matt Smith known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Sean Tompkins known as visual effects coordinator (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • Canada 6 August 2008 (French speaking region)
  • USA 6 August 2008
  • Australia 7 August 2008
  • Canada 8 August 2008
  • Ireland 12 September 2008
  • UK 12 September 2008
  • Iceland 19 September 2008
  • Norway 19 September 2008
  • Turkey 19 September 2008
  • Peru 25 September 2008
  • Brazil 26 September 2008 (Festival do Rio BR)
  • Greece 26 September 2008 (Athens Film Festival)
  • Estonia 3 October 2008
  • Portugal 9 October 2008
  • Mexico 10 October 2008
  • Poland 10 October 2008
  • Philippines 15 October 2008
  • New Zealand 16 October 2008
  • Lithuania 17 October 2008
  • Germany 23 October 2008
  • Hungary 23 October 2008
  • Sweden 14 November 2008
  • Belgium 19 November 2008
  • Denmark 28 November 2008
  • Italy 28 November 2008
  • France 3 December 2008
  • Russia 4 December 2008
  • Spain 5 December 2008
  • Venezuela 12 December 2008
  • Argentina 17 February 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Brazil 18 February 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 25 February 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Finland 11 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Netherlands 14 April 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • USA 22 April 2010 (RiverRun International Film Festival)

MPAA: Rated R for pervasive language, drug use, sexual references and violence



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. beepboopbeep from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:51 pm

    I was not interested in seeing this movie as I thought it would be astupid teen story. My daughter went with her older cousins, she is only16 and since the theater had strict security I was forced to go in asher guardian. I am 46 years old and I laughed the whole entire movie.By the end I was laughing SO hard that I could not take it anymore. Ithink I laughed more than the kids. There were so many laugh out loudscenes and the interaction between the characters was pure gold.Itreally took me back to my younger days-so for you older people this isreally one movie you do not want to miss. Be sure to go to the bathroombefore because this is definitely one of those pee in your pantsmovies.

  2. M. J Arocena from New Zealand
    30 Mar 2012, 5:51 pm

    I laughed more in this movie than in any other of its ilk. Mostlythanks to James Franco. Yes, the James Dean Franco. His comedic timingis startling and his sympathy is all consuming. I think the secret isthat we can (Franco allows us) see the human being behind thisirresistible caricature. I was totally taken by the strange kind ofinnocence he exudes. We sense a loyal buddy who is capable ofextraordinary generosity. His smile is already an iconic movielandmark. Seth Rogen is also very funny but you can guess that this isactually his character. Nothing wrong with that but James Franco'srange is infinite. David Gordon Green makes his "commercial debut" verysuccessfully. The showdown at the end takes a bit too long but all inall this movie is throughly worth it.

  3. ametaphysicalshark from
    30 Mar 2012, 5:51 pm

    There will be many who will dismiss "Pineapple Express" as immature,overly silly, disjointed, and scatter-shot. There will be others whorecognize it as a bizarrely artful, playful, loose genre-bending comedywith some outstanding performances, an inspired comedy script, and somegreat work from director David Gordon Green, certainly one of thefinest young directors around.

    The latter group is correct. "Pineapple Express" is, as a whole, thebest movie the Apatow clan has produced yet. David Gordon Green isunquestionably the best director to direct one of these movies, butthis is also a very different sort of movie than the films he usuallydirects. Does he rise to the challenge? He certainly does. I neverwould have believed that he was capable of directing such exciting andfun action scenes, or keep the movie's tone steady despite thedifferent elements it consists of being so wildly disparate, butsomehow he pulls it off. No other stoner movie can claim to be asartful and well-directed as this film.

    Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's much-anticipated follow-up to "Superbad"is an excellent screenplay, but expect none of the realism andresonance of that film; "Pineapple Express" is all about the laughs,and the laughs are certainly here, and they are practically non-stop,with just about every scene featuring some great dialogue, acting, orthe sort of incredible sight gag this movie does so well. This is justgreat comedy throughout.

    In addition to David Gordon Green's excellent work as director, thefilm is technically superb. The soundtrack and use of music isbrilliant, and frequent Gordon Green collaborator Tim Orr'scinematography is consistently great.

    "Pineapple Express" will be an inherently divisive film. It didn't getthe sort of critical accolades many previous Apatow clan movies did,and I expect audiences will also be a little less unanimous. Indeed,there's little of the critic-pleasing dramatic scenes Apatow's comedieshave been praised for, and even when they do pop up they're usuallydeflated instantly with a joke, and credit has to go to director DavidGordon Green for his expert handling of the film's tone, which neverbecomes schmaltzy, thank the heavens. Really, the whole film isthroughly enjoyable except for the very last scene in the film, whichcontains one of the film's best jokes, but is really hard to buy giventhe state the characters are in, and also more than a little forced.Aside from that moment the whole thing works beautifully, quiteastounding given the mesh of many different genres and sorts of comedythat this is. You either go with this movies sense of humor or youdon't, and I imagine more people will enjoy the first three quarters ofthe movie, before the big, long action scene happens, and lots and lotsof violence occurs. I guess you have to have a somewhat morbid sense ofhumor to laugh at ALL of the jokes in the film, but so what? There arealso some nice little tongue-in-cheek references to the film'sinfluences ("they messed with the wrong melon farmers").

    The cast really give it their all. It was great to see James Francoback in a comedic role, and his performance steals the show. Rogen isgood as usual, Gary Cole is a perfect villain, and it's nice to see thegorgeous and talented Amber Heard finally make a quality film (and getone of the film's funniest scenes as her character's final scene). Thesupporting cast are also all good in their roles.

    There are a lot of reasons why "Pineapple Express" won't work for manypeople, and they will probably end up being the very reasons the filmworks for those who like it. The film's plot is inherently silly to anextent (although this is nowhere near the "Anchorman" style of comedy),and one must be prepared for an outright comedy and not something inthe vein of "Knocked Up". "Pineapple Express" may end up being moreenjoyable for stoners and those with friends who are stoners, but itworks on its own as great comedy because the humor has much more rangeand scope than just marijuana. One of the best comedies in years.


  4. The_Amazing_Spy_Rises from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:51 pm

    It's been a year since the glorious Superbad hit theaters, and here wego again: Pineapple Express is the best comedy of the year, at least inthis man's opinion. I haven't laughed this hard in a very long time,nor have I enjoyed myself more while doing so. It's got everything!Fire, weed, guns, car chases, explosions, a beautiful lady, Ed BegleyJr., and of course, blood and guts. Yes, I'm reviewing PineappleExpress, and not some twisted horror movie.

    What makes this movie so great and accessible (to the viewer that isallowed to see it, mind you) is that it's got something for every kindof comedy fan: ridiculous action gags, the witty and snappyApatow-brand dialog, funny cops, hilarious pot jokes, and James Francoplaying the most lovable stoner of all time. What I really enjoyed mostabout this movie is that it has real heart and is not afraid to makethe audience know it. It's a great buddy movie to see with all yourfriends. It doesn't matter if you're a guy or a girl, you'll lovePineapple Express.

    James Franco (yes, THAT James Franco), taking a break from the latestintense drama or Spider-Man film, delivers the funniest performancesince Sacha Baron Cohen in Borat. His Saul is quite the character, andmany people in my audience were hopelessly in love with and rooting forhim. Though he's a supporting role, the movie belongs to Franco inevery way. His honest, sweet, and hilariously charming performance willhave you dying of laughter. Seth Rogen is no slouch on the jokes aswell, though his character is somewhat similar to his character inKnocked Up (I really hope he doesn't begin replicating his performanceslike some other comedians do). Danny McBride of The Heartbreak Kid is ascene stealer as well. I found him absolutely hilarious and great evenif his character was a total ass. Gary Cole (who has become like, acult favorite of mine) is nothing but a bonus as the "villain".

    I think a lot of credit needs to be given to director David GordonGreen, who had to have noticed how excellent the first act of the filmis, because the film was in serious danger of pulling a "Hancock" andfalling flat on its face after the first act because of a somewhatserious second act (I say somewhat, because this is when our charactersrealize the danger they're in). However, instead of that happening,Green turns the action packed third act into one of the mostridiculously hilarious scenes of recent memory. Of course, what happensis absurd, but because you've had the time of your life up to thatpoint, you really don't care. Featuring one of the greatest lines ofall time (in slow motion, uttered by Franco of course), Pineapple hasone of the strongest third acts of any comedy out there.

    Another very strong thing about this movie is that it never drags, andis almost a complete opposite of Superbad. The style of the jokes isdifferent as well. In Superbad, we had the hard hitting, gut wrenchinglaughs, and in Pineapple Express, we have a steady flow of crack upsthat leave the viewer in stitches and hurting by the end of the movie.It really is an experience to behold. It's one of the funniest moviesof the decade, and one of the best theater experiences of this year. Mytheater clapped several times throughout the film, including at the end(and at the iconic slow motion line).

  5. Turfseer from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:51 pm

    Seth Rogen is the type of actor who simply plays himself. In "KnockedUp", there was a positive arc to the story where he plays a loser whomust take on adult responsibilities and eventually grow up. In"Pineapple Express", he remains a loser and we can never believe in hisjourney since he's pitted against a bunch of unlikeable, unsavory comicbook characters.

    Rogen plays Dale Denton, a process server, who witnesses a murder by adrug dealer and then must elude the drug dealer's hired killers who areout to get him. His buddy marijuana dealer, Saul Silver, joins him asthey elude the hit men. Right away you see how dumb the movie is whenDenton is able to witness a murder which occurs inside a house in fullview of anyone walking on the street. Another ridiculous moment occurswhen Saul's marijuana supplier is shot point blank in the stomach butmanages to survive and then is strong enough to drive Denton to thedrug dealer's lair.

    Of course those who wrote the movie undoubtedly will argue that thesituations are supposed to be over the top and that's the humor of it.But there comes a point where there are so many scenes that are soridiculous that one simply doesn't care about the characters anymore.Rogen and Franco do their Beavis and Butthead impersonations but theirhumor has no subtlety and relies mainly on slapstick to get by. There'sa romantic subplot involving Denton's relationship with a girl who's ahigh school student but that fizzles completely especially at the endwhen the screenwriters forgot to tell us what happened between the two.

    While this is supposed to be a somewhat good-natured farce about twoguys who share a mutual love for marijuana, there's a lot ofunnecessary violence with drug dealers killing one another during thefinale. The ending undercuts the more good-natured scenes between thefilm's two protagonists.

    If you check out the IMDb graph as to the age groups who liked thisfilm, you will see that the older you are, you are less likely to likeit. I feel certain that within five years, Seth Rogen will be aforgotten name within the movie industry unless he stops writing andacting in films such as these.

  6. Greasemonkey201 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:51 pm

    I really didn't expect much from this film,and I got less thanexpected.The film starts out a with a few used moments from Super Bad,maybe from the cutting room floor, then it turns into this bad potaction movie with all the crude humor you can squeeze in. The plotseemed basic and then it became too eccentric. You have a processserver who witnesses a murder done by the guy he needs to serve papersto played by Gary Cole, who is wasted by little screen time and badwriting, and by a dirty cop played by Rosie Perez, who is always inuniform, which is kind of dumb that even at the final shoot out, sheshows up in uniform. James Franco completely ripped off his characterfrom Brad Pitt's portrayal as a pothead in True Romance, which he stolethe scene in the three he was in. We then are introduced to JamesFranco's supplier "RED" who is trying to be like Nick Swardson anddoing a bad job at it. The scene with him is long, out played and justgoes in every direction except moving the movie forward. Finally SethRogen who seems to have phoned in his performance or just played thesame guy from Knocked up and Super Bad just gives a performance thatirritates you with the best friend lines. Now the movie made me chucklea few times but the long dragged out scenes and then switching to afast paced action movie not only confused me, but made me bored. So Igive this movie 1 star out of 10 for a few quick funny moments.

  7. pauljraab from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:51 pm

    This started out as funny & clever and completely fell apart in thesecond half of the movie. For the first half, I'd give it close to an 8and for the second a zero, so we'll average out at a solid 4. Thesecond half ceased to be funny or clever and turned into one long,idiotic cliché. Honestly, it really felt like we lost our original setof writers & directors after an hour and they had to find a replacementset from some cheesy action movie. It totally came off the tracks whenour light-hearted stoners picked up machine guns along with the rest ofthe thugs. Did the writers quit smoking weed and start doing meth orsomething? How could this have started so good and ended up such crap?I don't think I could be more disappointed after all the hype thismovie has received.

  8. Ryanb747 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:51 pm

    Bummer, The one great word to describe this movie. I Really expectedthis movie to be a lot better. It was a major disappointment. The moviewas way too long, it had a lot of failed comedy in it, and it reallyover exaggerated Pot smokers. Ill admit some stuff was funny in it butit was definitely a let down. Im not quite sure how this movie managedto make it into theaters, and also I do not get why James Franco wouldeven agree to such a stupid movie and part. If I could I would love toget my $7USD back and go see the dark knight again. At least that moviewasn't a let down like this one. My overall rating for this film is a4/10

  9. Bullaboi from Australia
    30 Mar 2012, 5:51 pm

    Yep, this movie made me laugh so hard at one stage I inhaled a piece ofpopcorn.

    This movie is excellent, It has so many funny moments you'll belaughing through the whole thing. I'd even go as far as to say thatit's funnier than superbad.

    James Franco gives a spectacular performance as a lazy stoner, at timesI believed he was actually under the influence…hmmm.

    Seth Rogen once again proves he can put on as good a comedicperformance as the veteran comics such as Jim Carrey and Will Farrel,His career will definitely go a long way.

    The supporting cast was great and made me laugh a lot which is goodsince usually you'd be relying on the main actors for a laugh.

    I'd recommend this movie mainly for Young adults and teens but if yourlooking for a silly movie good for a lot of laughs, this is it. 10/10

  10. jwpicton from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 5:51 pm

    I watched this based on the 7 or so out of 10 it seemed to begetting…. 2 wasted hours later I'm confused as to how this actuallycame to be released. It smacks of equally stoned and spaced outindividuals making it up as they went along.

    Besides a virtually non-existent plot, poor character development and afilm that's entirely based around an over-rated drug, what I found mostdisturbing was the callous and gratuitous portrayal of violence. Peoplewere shown killing and seriously wounding each other within theatmosphere of a pillow fight. Violence in film these days iscommonplace and we have to live with it one way or another (or not ifyou don't want to watch 90% of films). But violence in most films makesme go ouch, that's got to hurt, or even go off into imagining howpeople can endure such pain – case in point: the new bond film -strapped down on chair scene, now that was realistic. One could almostfeel it. Now juxtapose that with just about any scene of violence inPineapple express – are you getting the idea?

    Anyone who has seen P-EX and fails to understand what I'm on about mustbe so dumbed down as to be in an advanced state of general humanamnesia.

    Let's keep it real, we can have fun and enjoy a good flick, but beaware of money grabbers like P-EX – because that's all they are.

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