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09 November 2009

Pineapple Express

directed by David Gordon Green

I vividly remember sitting in a darkened movie theatre and seeing for the first time the cinematic bitch slap that was David Gordon Green’s Pineapple Express. Like Jody Hill’s The Foot Fist Way, I knew then that what I had just witnessed marked a shift in comedy, a corner that had been turned. And we all have to Seth Rogan and partner in crime Evan Goldberg to thank for getting the ball rolling. The comedic prodigies got the green light for their “weed action comedy” during the filming of their other gem, Superbad, and thanks to a name dropped by Danny McBride, David Gordon Green, one of film’s brightest talents, was on the scene. Green brings an artist’s eye (Watch Green’s other films) and hilarious suggestions (listen to the DVD commentary track) to a film that didn’t require much work to begin with, and the result is a comedy that I couldn’t have fathomed prior to viewing. I felt like Neo after learning about the Matrix (whoa). It’s a shame that James Franco didn’t get nominated for an Oscar for his performance, because he so deserved it! Featuring a side splitting Danny McBride and a terrifyingly funny Craig Robinson slash Kevin Corrigan duo, Pineapple Express possesses that intangible magic that few films can actually conjure, and even fewer can sustain. Is that Huey Lewis singing an original song for the soundtrack? It is!

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