Movie and Film Reviews (MFR) Comedy Pineapple Express (2008)

Pineapple Express (2008)

Pineapple Express is a 2008 comedy produced by Judd Apatow, the same producer responsible for bringing us such films as Knocked Up & Superbad.  Besides having the same producer as in Knocked Up & Superbad, Seth Rogen & Bill Hader both appear in all three films as well.  It stars Seth Rogen as Dale Denton & James Franco as Saul.  There are two primary settings in the film: the first was in the beginning of the film when Private Miller (played by Bill Hader) is being interrogated regarding his thoughts of his superiors during the year 1937 while the other setting was when the plot time forwarded to the present day & time.

This movie is about two stoners, Dale & Saul, who become entangled in a mob murder & decide to flee in order to save their lives.  One of the funniest moments of not only this, but of any film, is when Dale & Saul visit Red hoping he can help them out.  Instead of getting his help, it turns into a big brawl as Dale & Saul fight Red.  Another funny moment in the film was when Dale is in the back seat of the police car after being arrested & Saul jacks it.  Besides being a stoner, Dale is also a process server as he serves out subpoenas to people.  The film is also funny when Dale & Saul are smoking because their acting is absolutely hilarious.  Finally, I thought the part when Saul & Dale are locked together in the warehouse was very funny.

One aspect of the filmmaking, which I made brief mention to above, was the acting & the interaction between Dale & Saul.  For example, when they are in the woods, they get paranoid about the cell phones.  As a result, they decide to destroy their cell phones so that they can’t be traced.  Dale smashes his on a boulder.  Saul, however, throws his about 20 feet away.  Saul then asks Dale to call it so they can locate it.  Obviously they can’t since Dale just destroyed his phone.  Another scene would be when they are fleeing Saul’s apartment & Dale tells him to be sure to grab the weed before they exit.

The other aspect of filmmaking, which I liked, was the aspect of editing.  In this movie, instead of just jumping from one scene to another, some of the scenes made a smooth transition when exiting one scene & entering another.  For example, when Dale & Saul are in the car & they both fall asleep, in order to advance time, they used a circular transition, moving in a clockwise direction.  I found that as an excellent move as it also showed time advance from nighttime to day.  Finally, I liked how they used the jump cuts when they were showing Dale & Saul walking.  Instead of showing them walking entirely, it jumps, which saves time.

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