It's been a year since the glorious Superbad hit theaters, and here we
go again: Pineapple Express is the best comedy of the year, at least in
this 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 Begley
Jr., and of course, blood and guts. Yes, I'm reviewing Pineapple
Express, and not some twisted horror movie.
What makes this movie so great and accessible (to the viewer that is
allowed to see it, mind you) is that it's got something for every kind
of comedy fan: ridiculous action gags, the witty and snappy
Apatow-brand dialog, funny cops, hilarious pot jokes, and James Franco
playing the most lovable stoner of all time. What I really enjoyed most
about this movie is that it has real heart and is not afraid to make
the audience know it. It's a great buddy movie to see with all your
friends. It doesn't matter if you're a guy or a girl, you'll love
James Franco (yes, THAT James Franco), taking a break from the latest
intense drama or Spider-Man film, delivers the funniest performance
since Sacha Baron Cohen in Borat. His Saul is quite the character, and
many people in my audience were hopelessly in love with and rooting for
him. Though he's a supporting role, the movie belongs to Franco in
every way. His honest, sweet, and hilariously charming performance will
have you dying of laughter. Seth Rogen is no slouch on the jokes as
well, though his character is somewhat similar to his character in
Knocked Up (I really hope he doesn't begin replicating his performances
like some other comedians do). Danny McBride of The Heartbreak Kid is a
scene stealer as well. I found him absolutely hilarious and great even
if his character was a total ass. Gary Cole (who has become like, a
cult favorite of mine) is nothing but a bonus as the "villain".
I think a lot of credit needs to be given to director David Gordon
Green, who had to have noticed how excellent the first act of the film
is, because the film was in serious danger of pulling a "Hancock" and
falling flat on its face after the first act because of a somewhat
serious second act (I say somewhat, because this is when our characters
realize the danger they're in). However, instead of that happening,
Green turns the action packed third act into one of the most
ridiculously hilarious scenes of recent memory. Of course, what happens
is absurd, but because you've had the time of your life up to that
point, you really don't care. Featuring one of the greatest lines of
all time (in slow motion, uttered by Franco of course), Pineapple has
one of the strongest third acts of any comedy out there.
Another very strong thing about this movie is that it never drags, and
is almost a complete opposite of Superbad. The style of the jokes is
different as well. In Superbad, we had the hard hitting, gut wrenching
laughs, and in Pineapple Express, we have a steady flow of crack ups
that 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 movies
of the decade, and one of the best theater experiences of this year. My
theater clapped several times throughout the film, including at the end
(and at the iconic slow motion line).