DVD Review: Pineapple Express
Boobies, bathroom humor and bongs collide in Pineapple Express, the latest DVD release from indie writer/director extraordinaire, David Gordon Green. The film follows two dimwitted stoners, Dale (Seth Rogen) and Saul (James Franco), whose connections to the underworld of illegal drugs inadvertently make them witnesses to murder. It's the classic tale of marijuana dealer meets boy, boy meets marijuana dealer and over the river and through the woods into a drug dealer's hideout with guns they go.
James Franco is baked to perfection as Saul, an endearing, misguided marijuana dealer who sells a potent, "pineapple express" blend of the drug to one of his regular customers, Dale. While Dale is very much the epitome of someone to pity--he's an aging, overweight process server with a high school girlfriend--it's his pity for Saul that leads them to form a friendship, moreover a pact to stick together as they find ways to escape Ted Jones (Gary Cole), a notoriously violent drug lord who's out for their blood. For hardcore Gary Cole followers, it's a bit daunting to see him in a role so counter to the infamous Bill Lumbergh (Office Space), but he plays it well nonetheless.