By Ryan Parsons | Images property of Columbia Pictures
To help end off the weekend, we have been alerted to two of the first official reviews to surface for Pineapple Express. So - Has the 'Superbad Duo' done it again?
Pineapple Express Reviews
One positive and one slightly-mixed review has appeared online for Pineapple Express. Even with some complaints, both reviews admit that the film will receive repeat viewings.
Putting a violent spin on the "Superbad" formula (envelope-pushing raunch plus unexpectedly sweet affirmations of male friendship), "Pineapple Express" emerges as a fitfully funny, tonally trippy but not entirely satisfying effort from the Judd Apatow comic fraternity. Featuring Seth Rogen and a scene-stealing James Franco as two pot-addled losers on the run from a ruthless dealer, director David Gordon Green's first mainstream venture is an unruly, literally half-baked hybrid of bloody hijinks and stoner laughs. A well-earned R rating shouldn't keep auds from riding this "Express" train to a quick summer high, with endless potential for dope-enhanced viewing on DVD.
Although pacing is definitely not one of its strong suits -- closing in on an all-too-apparent two hours, the film really is too languid to declare itself an action comedy -- the blissfully silly results should pay sweet dividends when it pulls into theaters Aug. 6.
But it's with that action aspect that "Pineapple Express" differs from Apatow's previous production output, and though, the words "taut" and "pulse-pounding" would never apply, the giddily over-the-top fight sequences, choreographed by veteran stunt coordinator Gary Hymes, handily compensate for the lag time.
Pineapple Express opens to theaters on August 8th.