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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Film Review - Pineapple Express

Pineapple Express (15)

Dir. David Gordon Green

Reviewed by Matt Adcock

Red: “I'm trying to decide how stoned I am and just how on the verge of death am I right now. Like, am I seeing sh*t because I'm stoned or because I have no blood left in my body?”

Dale: “Well, you've been shot like seven times!”

All aboard the Pineapple Express – a Judd ‘Superbad’ Apatow joint which takes it’s name from a super strong and extremely smooth variety of weed (so I’m told). Here we get a heart warming tale of potheads who have to go on the run after witnessing a murder. It’s a one part stoner comedy, two parts buddy cop movie (without the cops) mixed into a seriously agreeable wacky adventure.

Pineapple Express stars Seth Rogen as Dale, he’s a guy who loves getting high and lives his whole life under the influence of doobies – he may look like a lardy loser but he’s living proof that a being funny can get the girls because his girlfriend is my current favourite leading lady / sexbomb supernova Amber Heard (I’m a big fan)… but you’ll see that if you search this site for her (use the google box top right).

Hey - on the subject of the delectable Miss Heard – anyone out there seen ‘The Beautiful Ordinary’ (possibly now renamed ‘Remember the Daze’) or You Are Here / Spin or Day 73 with Sarah as none of them have yet surfaced over here in the UK? Leave a comment if you know anything or have seen any of those Amber Heard starring movies...

"All the girls love older guys..."

Sorry, where was I? Oh yeah, Pineapple Express, well it’s rude, it’s over the top and it’s quite violent too. It contains copious drug smoking and seems to fly the ‘drugs are cool and not really in any-way bad for you’ message which won’t please everyone (hi mum). Yes this kind of film has been made before but ‘friendships forged in the heat of the battle buddy films’ are rarely as engaging or cool as this one. It has real heart and will make you laugh, cry and hug people around you…

If for nothing else Pineapple Express is worth the price of admission to see the excellent car chase, Angie’s family and their dysfunction bickering as they attempt to flee armed drug dealers and a whacked out shootout climax.

As the pot testing Private Miller says in the opening scene:”I feel like a slice of butter melting all over a big ol’ pile of flapjacks … yeah.”

It’s just that kind of film…

“BFFF man” – that’s going to catch on!!

DARKMATTERS RATING SYSTEM (all ratings out of maximum 10 but '-' is bad whereas '+' is good):

Endorphin Stimulation: ööööööö (7)
+ Wrong in many ways, but funny and slick too

Tasty Action: öööööööö (8)
+ More than you might expect from a comedy, it’s good stuff too

Gratuitous Babeness: ööööööööö (9)
+ Oh Amber… If was like ten years younger and not married I’d be stalking you for sure!

Mind Blight / Boredom: öööö (4)
+ Tight like a tiger, will keep you glued

Comedic Value: öööööööö (8)
+ Some very funny bits here

Arbitrary final rating: öööööööö (8)
A high old time – lots of dubious fun…

Liable to make you:
"get the munchies'"

DM Poster Quote:
“who’ll be standing when the smoke haze clears? and will they remember anything?"

Amber Heard fans... check out his cool foreign poster for Never Back Down:

There are some great photos of Miss Heard over at: Friendly Atheist (hope their friendly enough to accept a humble link from this believer's blog)...

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