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Movie Review: Pineapple Express (2008)

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Truth be told, I’ve never gotten high. I’ve read about it. I’ve seen it in movies and first hand, but I’ve never smoked the ganja. I don’t know if that would have really effected my view of the latest film from Apatow Productions, Pineapple Express. When I first saw the trailer a few months ago, I thought this movie looked awesome. Unfortunately, it just didn’t click for me.

Don’t get me wrong, Pineapple Express is definitely funny. There are many, many laugh-out-loud moments. They just come between these incredibly awkward action sequences and disjointed, unfunny scenes. The movie plays like a horribly designed roller coaster. There are times that you’re going along fine and having a lot of fun and then there are these points that you’re stuck upside down in the loop-de-loop and you’re waiting for the carny guy to come over to push the coaster so it can continue down the rest of the loop. There are these abrupt stops for the film where things go from being great to being dry and boring. The pacing was just way off which made the film feel amateurish or almost unfinished.

Seth Rogen is great as usual, however there are some scenes where I felt like he was over-acting. That might have been because James Franco seemed to not really give him anything to work with. It definitely seemed that Franco isn’t as comfortable improving (as is usually the case in Apatow films) and Rogen just acts circles around him.

As I mentioned above, I didn’t hate the movie, but it is far from my favorite Apatow production. It’s worth checking out if you’re a fan of some of the other films from that camp and it’s definitely worth seeing if you’re a fan of stoner films. If anyone sees the film under the influence, let me know if you enjoyed it more or less.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Ghostbusters 3: An Apatow Production?

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I’ve always loved the Ghostbusters. When I was a little kid, I had a tape of Ghostbusters and one of Ghostbusters II. They weren’t the actual tapes, but copies from TV or the rental store. They sat proudly next to an assortment of tapes including the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies and some Mighty Mouse cartoons. However there was a blank tape between Ghostbusters II and the next one. I had reserved that space for Ghostbusters III because in my mind, that was the next logical step. Why wouldn’t there be a third movie? There had to be a third movie. They made a second movie. Why not a third?

Years have passed, those tapes are long gone (what up, DVD!) and a third Ghostbusters movie never came out. Rumors have surfaced from time to time including a sequel penned by Dan Aykroyd showing called “Ghostbusters in Hell” starring among others, Ben Stiller. There was also talk of an animated movie similar to TMNT now that the original cast is much older. They could still do voice work and an idea like that makes sense. Unfortunately, neither of these have come to pass. I’ve had to make do with fan films which while interesting, just weren’t a substitute for the real thing.

Now, in 2008 a new rumor has sprung up. A Ghostbusters III could very well be coming. It could star the original cast (Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, and the Invincible Ernie Hudson) and the project could be helmed by none other than Judd Apatow. Can we just take a moment so I can complete my nerdgasm? Ok. I’m good. Can you imagine the possibilities here? My mind is spinning. The rumor going around (and this is just a rumor, so don’t go out making a page on IMDB or anything just yet) is that the original cast would return and sort of pass the proton pack along to a new group of Ghostbusters. This new group could be Seth Rogan and other members of the Apatow Gang. The possibilities are endless, but just think of a new team of Ghostbusters featuring Seth Rogan, Jason Segal, Paul Rudd, and Michael Cera with their secretary Leslie Mann put together by Judd Apatow. Hold on. I’m getting multiple nerdgasms now.

Seriously though, this would be phenomenal. The only concern I could see would be the rating. Apatow’s known for some raunchy humor, but could a Ghostbusters film get by with an R rating? Or would things need to be taken down a notch to hit a PG-13. I would think that the studio would want to protect it’s franchise and leave it at PG-13 to be safe. Then again, the people that grew up with the Ghostbusters are now old enough to get into R-rated movies without a problem.

Regardless, I’m excited about the idea of this. Yes, it’s still very much in the rumor stage, but how awesome would this be? I’ll have to get my Ghostbusters fix with the upcoming video game (voiced by the original cast!) for now, but I’m holding out some hope that this movie comes to pass.

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