Featured Title: Pineapple Express
Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg, the pair behind Superbad, wrote The Pineapple Express; additionally, the movie was produced by America’s current comedy it-guy, Judd Apatow. It’s no secret than I’m an Apatow fan (even if I don’t love everything he’s put his name on), and while I didn’t think Pineapple Express was quite as good as Superbad, I still enjoyed it. It was a treat for a long-time Apatow fan like me to see James Franco, so effective in Apatow’s seminal comedy television series Freaks and Geeks, returning to a comedic role. Overall, though, this movie didn’t resonate with me as much as Superbad did — while I can relate to the awkward teens in the earlier film, I don’t have much in common with the lovable stoners in this movie. You might like it more than I did, especially if you’re not a teetotaler like me, but either way it’s still a fine film that’s well worth the time it takes to watch it.
Also Out This Week
Apparently the first week after the holidays was designated the official dumping ground for disappointing studio films. Babylon AD, Bangkok Dangerous, and Righteous Kill were all released to critical animosity and audience indifference. The Wackness looks to be one of the first movies to come out hoping to exploit ’90s nostalgia. I think I’d rather not watch VH1’s “I Love the ’90s!” instead. Dexter: Season One, Friday Night Lights and especially the Criterion Collection’s The Last Emperor are the real gems hitting Blu-ray this week.
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