James Franco is my hero. I decided that after watching 127 Hours, and was speechless after seeing a movie with the majority of time spent of just one actor. The thing I love about Franco’s acting though, isn’t that he could pull something off like that, but that he can also play the most ridiculous drug dealer and still make you root for him.
Dale Denton (Seth Rogan) is a process server, with a love for smoking pot he gets from his dealer Saul (Franco). However, after witnessing a corrupt cop (Rosie Perez) and a drug lord (Gary Cole) kill a man in cold blood, his “Pineapple Express” gets him and Saul in trouble. There isn’t much to the plot besides that. Add some Craig Robinson and Kevin Corrigan as the goons and Danny McBride as the middle man, who is literally stuck in the middle between Dale and Saul and the bad guys.
I’m not a big stoner comedy guy, nor am I a big fan of R-Rated comedies to begin with. But Pineapple Express is really more of a movie about friendship. Yes, that sounds really cheesy, and I’m sure you think I’m high to even type a sentence like that. But the chemistry between Franco and Rogan however unsteady their characters relationship is, is solid throughout. The dialogue, written by Rogan himself along with Superbad writer Evan Goldberg, is hilarious, and the action scenes and over the top violence is bleeding throughout the movie. For me, this is a top notch comedy, brought to life by some excellent writing.