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Pineapple Express

Pineapple Express

Date: Oct 22 2008

Themes: Friend, Pop Culture


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Can you imagine combining an action movie with a buddy comedy about a couple of pot-smokers? It may sound absurd, but that’s exactly what Pineapple Express does.

After Dale, played by Seth Rogan, witnesses a murder, he turns to his buddy Saul for help. Together, Dale and Saul have to escape from the dangerous gangsters who want them dead, which leads to some pretty intense fight scenes.

It’s a movie that’s both really funny and full of action, a silly stoner movie and a touching story about two friends all at once. But Devan thinks it sounds a little weird. Listen to her and Mason talk about it.


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Devan:  So, did you see Pineapple Express?

Mason:  I did. Uh…I was kinda in the mood for like a stupid, fun movie.

Devan:  Was it fun? See, I talked to someone at a bookstore who advised me not to see it.

Mason:  Really? I mean, depending on what grounds they laid for not seeing the film, I could validate that…but, uh…

Devan:  Well I’ll tell you how they explained it to me and then you can tell me what they…what you thought about it.

Mason:  OK, cool. Hit me.

Devan:  They said it was like two hours of deleted scenes, where a scene like…things just got…all the scenes were carried out and seemed unnecessary and were the kind of things that normal movies would’ve cut from their movies because they realized it wouldn’t have been good enough to be put in a movie. What do you think?

Mason:  I mean, I guess I could see that. If your expectation is that… It’s a totally absurdist movie. It hearkens back to like almost old like Chevy Chase, just kind of whimsical...And it turns into a really violent film in weird ways, but campy violence, like Seth Rogen and James Franco being stoned out of their minds and like running through fields of gunfire and somehow not getting shot and killing all the bad guys.

Devan:  Right.

Mason:  Which is not at all what I expected.

Devan:  Yeah. Did you enjoy it though?

Mason:  Uh, yeah. I mean coming from someone who is not a pot-smoker I was like, “I think I’m high” after I left that film.

Devan:  Well maybe I’ll check it out and give it a chance.



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Mason saw Pineapple Express because he was in the mood for a silly comedy. But someone told Devan that the movie isn’t very good, so she wants to know what Mason thinks. Devan’s friend thought that the movie made no sense and seemed like a collection of deleted scenes instead of an actual movie.

Even though the movie wasn’t like what he thought it was going to be, Mason enjoyed it. But the unusual combination of stoner movie, action film, and buddy comedy might not appeal to everybody, including Devan’s friend.

Do you prefer comedies or action movies? Do you think a movie about pot-smokers fighting gangsters would be funny?



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09:18 AM Feb 08 2013 |



yeah, i agreed about mason says, it would be good to watch a kind of insane movie like this

07:40 PM Oct 28 2008 |

Lynn China


I like comedy.

04:26 AM Oct 28 2008 |



Why i can't have a listen on this conversation .

07:14 AM Oct 24 2008 |




I like both action and comedy movies, and I think

movies about pot-smoker and fighting gansters would

 really funny, even though it might get a little voilent

and scary.

03:00 PM Oct 22 2008 |




I don’t like a lot this type of film,usually it lets me with lazy hehe…But the lesson was cool :)

10:53 AM Oct 22 2008 |




I usually don't see this kind of film at movie…I sometimes see at home and on TV! hehe But I prefer other styles of films as action,scientific fiction…Sometimes I think it are funny,but I don't like a lot films that say about drugs…

10:42 AM Oct 22 2008 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i prefer comedy at least u can smile

08:35 AM Oct 22 2008 |

shelley Liu


I prefer to watch comedy.

08:23 AM Oct 22 2008 |



i think eh so so funy

07:57 AM Oct 22 2008 |




Laughingthe directors have to combine wisely the kinds of movies to make a great movie

05:10 AM Oct 22 2008 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i can't prejudge…... but i think i don't like that kind of movie

02:14 AM Oct 22 2008 |




It sounds like a stupid movie, I prefer horror movies or dramma but comedies most of the time it's the same story with the same happy ending.

01:42 AM Oct 22 2008 |

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