Pineapple Express: Not Just for Stoners

Pineapple Express sets you up to think of it as nothing more than a stoner comedy, from the trailer to the posters all the way to the movie's opening sequence -- in which Seth Rogen's character, Dale, calls in to a talk radio show and tells them that pot needs to be legal because it makes everything better, even "shitty movies." This early in the movie, it hasn't gotten funny yet, so your thought then might be, "Hey, at least they're honest enough to tell us we should be high to enjoy this."

But then it starts getting funny, and it never really lets up. I have never liked stoner comedies -- not Friday or Half-Baked or Dazed and Confused -- so I feel confident in saying this is not just a movie for potheads. It's hard to believe, I know. And even more difficult when you hear what the movie's about: Dale, a process server who believes one should never be friends with one's dealer, tries to make his visits to his own dealer, Saul (James Franco), as short as possible. Saul likes Dale, though, and to prove it, he bestows upon him the really good weed, a rare strain called "Pineapple Express." As luck would have it, Dale is scheduled to serve papers to Saul's supplier, but before he can, he witnesses a murder. He panics and leaves his joint at the scene when he flees, taking refuge (somewhat inexplicably) at Saul's place. It soon dawns on them both that "Pineapple Express" is so rare that the joint will lead the murderer right back to Saul, which will in turn lead right to Dale. This leaves the hapless duo no choice but to go on the lam.

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