Pineapple Express (film)
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|Directed by||David Gordon Green|
|Produced by||Judd Apatow|
Danny R. McBride
|Music by||Graeme Revell|
|Editing by||Craig Alpert|
The Apatow Company
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Release date(s)||August 6, 2008|
|Running time||Theatrical cut|
Pineapple Express is a 2008 American action comedy film directed by David Gordon Green, written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and starring Rogen and James Franco with cameo appearances by Ed Begley, Jr. and James Remar. Producer Judd Apatow, who previously worked with Rogen and Goldberg on Knocked Up and Superbad, assisted in developing the story, which was partially inspired by the buddy comedy subgenre. The film was released on August 6, 2008. Franco was nominated for a Golden Globe award for his performance in the film.
Dale Denton (Seth Rogen) is a 25-year-old process server who, in delivering a subpoena to drug lord Ted Jones (Gary Cole), witnesses Jones and his girlfriend, a corrupt police officer, Carol Brazier (Rosie Perez), commit murder. Dale panics and leaves a roach at the scene containing a rare strain of marijuana called Pineapple Express. Ted and Carol run outside to catch the witness, only to miss him. Ted picks up the roach and identifies it as the rare strain that he has only sold to one dealer. He sends his two henchmen, Budlofsky (Kevin Corrigan) and Matheson (Craig Robinson) to the dealer, Red (Danny McBride), who discloses that he has only sold this marijuana to Dale's dealer, Saul Silver (James Franco).
Dale flees to Saul's apartment in a panic because he doesn't know where else to go. After a brief conversation, Dale realizes Ted could trace the roach back to Saul. They flee Saul's apartment. Ted's henchmen persuade Saul's supplier, Red, to arrange a meeting between Red and Saul, but this fails because Dale and Saul spend the night in the woods. Matheson and Budlofsky learn Dale's identity through Red.
Concerned that the corrupt police officer could "triangulate" on their cell phones, the two men smash Dale's cell phone and throw Saul's into the woods. They then sleep eighteen hours before paying a late visit to Red. They hope that talking with Red in person will help them determine that Ted has not linked them, and is not in pursuit of them. Instead, Dale decides that Red will reveal their whereabouts to Ted, and the three fight. Convinced that Ted's men are pursuing them, they decide that they must leave the city. Dale goes to his girlfriend Angie's (Amber Heard) house to warn her and her parents, but Angie's dad does not believe him. Instead, he threatens to shoot Dale. Matheson and Budlofsky pursue Dale and Saul to Angie's house, and her family goes into hiding.
To leave town Dale and Saul sell some of Saul's Pineapple Express to raise bus fare. They get money after offering marijuana to a couple of middle school kids, who gladly smoke the marijuana with Dale and Saul. A police officer catches Dale smoking a joint and arrests him. Handcuffed in the back of a squad car, Dale manages to convince the arresting officer that Officer Brazier is corrupt. Saul 'saves' Dale by gaining control of the squad car, and drives away with Dale handcuffed in the back seat. Officer Brazier hears a police radio call of Dale's arrest for battering a police car, and pursues Dale and Saul in a high speed chase, but Dale and Saul evade her.
Dale and Saul argue about the mess they have found themselves in, resulting in Dale telling Saul that they aren't friends and never were. The two decide to break apart from each other. Saul visits his grandmother in an assisted living home and finds Budlofsky and Matheson looking for him. They kidnap Saul and take him to Ted's lair, a barn and underground pot grow house which used to be an old Army base. Dale enlists Red to help him rescue Saul from Ted, but Red backs out at the last minute and Dale is captured.
While Dale and Saul are captive, they make up and Dale admits that Saul really is his friend, but was reluctant to admit that earlier. A rival Asian drug gang then attacks the barn to avenge a member's death at the hands of Ted and Carol. Dale and Saul free themselves and join the conflict. Just as Ted prepares to go off and fight Dale, he and Carol kiss. Afterwards, Dale and Ted endure a brawl that ends in Ted's death when one of the Asians sets off a bomb that destroys the barn. Matheson kills Budlofsky for refusing to kill Saul when he had the chance. When Matheson is about to kill Saul, Red returns and saves Saul, killing Matheson with his car. While Saul thanks Red, Carol reaches for a gun and shoots Red. The bomb goes off, first exploding Red's car and the burning car falls on top of Carol, which crushes half her whole body, killing her. Dale carries an unconscious Saul out of the burning barn, and Red crawls from the wreckage.
Dale, Saul, and Red go to a diner to eat, then Saul's grandmother picks them up.
- Seth Rogen as Dale Denton
- James Franco as Saul Silver
- Danny R. McBride as Red Greene
- Kevin Corrigan as Budlofsky
- Craig Robinson as Matheson
- Gary Cole as Ted Jones
- Rosie Perez as Sergeant Carol Brazier
- Amber Heard as Angie Anderson
- Ed Begley, Jr. as Robert Anderson
- Nora Dunn as Shannon Anderson
- Joe Lo Truglio as Mr. Edwardsen
- Bill Hader as Private Miller
- James Remar as Lieutenant General Bratt
- Bobby Lee as Bobby
- Ken Jeong as Ken
- Justin Long as Justin (deleted scenes)
The source of inspiration for making Pineapple Express, according to producer Judd Apatow, was Brad Pitt's character in True Romance (the story also bearing resemblance to True Romance), a stoner named Floyd. Apatow "thought it would be funny to make a movie in which you follow that character out of his apartment and watch him get chased by bad guys". According to Rogen, the ideal production budget was $40 million, but due to the subject matter - "because it's a weed movie", as he put it - Sony Pictures allotted $25 million.
David Gordon Green met with Apatow, Rogen and Goldberg on the set of Knocked Up, and later on the set of Superbad to discuss the project. Green cited The Blues Brothers, Midnight Run, Running Scared, the Terrence Malick written The Gravy Train and Stir Crazy as sources of inspiration and influence on directing the film.
Rogen was originally going to play the "stoner buddy" character Saul Silver, but Apatow suggested that Franco should play Saul. After a table read, Rogen agreed, thus casting himself in the role of Dale Denton.
There was an exclusive sneak peek of the film attached to the Superbad DVD, which was released on December 4, 2007.
Release and reception
The film has received generally positive reviews from critics with a rating of 68% on the review website Rotten Tomatoes. A "red-band" trailer for the film, featuring the song "Paper Planes" by M.I.A., leaked in February 2008. Sony Pictures had the video removed from YouTube within a few days of its posting. Patrick Goldstein's Summer Movie Posse of the Los Angeles Times described its incorporation as "the most impressive use of M.I.A.'s 'Paper Planes' ever". Pineapple Express had an advance screening at the Just for Laughs Film Festival on July 19, 2008. The film was released on August 6, 2008. Cable network FX pre-bought exclusive rights to air the film after its theatrical run. One particular aspect of the film that has been almost universally praised is the cinematography; Seth Rogen even joked on the commentary that "even people who hate the movie admit that it's shot well".
Sony released the movie on Wednesday August 6, 2008 with $12,085,679 in ticket sales. Over the weekend it opened at number two behind The Dark Knight with $23,245,025 for a five day total of $41,318,736. The movie went on to gross $87,341,380 domestically with a worldwide total of $100,941,380.
DVD and Blu-ray release
The movie was released on DVD and Blu-ray on January 6, 2009. Both rated and unrated versions of the film are available. It was released on DVD and Blu-Ray in Australia on December 31, 2008. Both the Blu-ray and 2-disc DVD versions of the film come with a digital copy of the unrated film. As of November 1, 2009 the DVD has sold 2,510,321 and generated $43,033,863 in sales revenue.
The original motion picture soundtrack to the film was released on August 5, 2008. Although featured in the trailer for the film, the song "Paper Planes" by M.I.A. is not used in the film or on its soundtrack. After the movie was released, "Paper Planes" gained massive airplay, topping Top 5 on Billboard Hot 100. Also featured in the film but absent from the soundtrack album are Grace Jones' Sly and Robbie produced cover of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire", the former of which can be found on her 1998 compilation Private Life: The Compass Point Sessions.
- "Pineapple Express" by Huey Lewis and the News (4:27)
- "Electric Avenue" by Eddy Grant (3:48)
- "Dr. Greenthumb" by Cypress Hill (3:08)
- "Lost at Birth" by Public Enemy (3:33)
- "Poison" by Bell Biv DeVoe (4:20)
- "Wanted Dread and Alive" by Peter Tosh (4:22)
- "Don't Look Around" by Mountain (3:44)
- "Pineapple Chase (aka The Reprise of the Phoenix)" by Graeme Revell (3:03)
- "Bird's Lament" by Moondog & The London Saxophonic (2:02)
- "Coconut Girl" by Brother Noland (3:36)
- "Hilawe" by Arthur Lyman (1:09)
- "Tha Crossroads" by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony (3:45)
- "Pineapple Fight (aka The Nemesis Proclaimed)" by Graeme Revell (3:08)
- "I Didn't Mean to Hurt You" by Spiritualized (5:12)
- "Woke Up Laughing" by Robert Palmer (3:35)
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