Staff Picks: Movies

Staff-recommended viewing from the KPL catalog.

Freaks and Freaks: Pineapple Express

For fans of the unjustly ignored TV series Freaks and Geeks, the recent big-screen success of its creators, Apatow Productions, is sweet justice. Pineapple Express is the Apatow team’s most recent film success, and may be its most outrageously over-the-top yet – and anyone who’s seen Superbad knows that’s saying a lot.

Following the adventures of a process server (Freaks alumnus Seth Rogen) and his pot dealer (fellow Freaks alumnus James Franco) as they flee from a drug lord after witnessing his murder of an international rival, the film is not for the faint of heart. Not only are the gags as dirty-minded as ever, but the high level of violence (never before seen in Apatow ventures) is on par with that found in Quentin Tarantino films.

Between the foul language, the bloody action, the rampant drug use, and a premise that’s ridiculous beyond belief, I couldn’t possibly recommend this to sane-minded viewers who withstood the vulgarities of The 40-Year-Old Virgin or Knocked Up enough to appreciate their sweeter aspects. As for the rest of you – don’t tell anyone you found out about this movie from me.


Pineapple Express


I thought Pineapple Express was so-so at best. However, I sure do miss Freaks and Geeks and was willing to try anything.
Sorry Karl, I have to agree with Kristin's assesment. The film just felt terribly flat at times and whereas other Apatow-produced films possess that perfect balance between gross-me-out humor and a strange kind of sympathy-producing tenderness (see: Knocked Up or Walk Hard), this take on the buddy movie trope consists of too many worn out cliches and quite frankly, too much of Seth Rogan.

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