In real life, the term "pineapple express" refers to a series of wind and rain storms that originate near Hawaii and land somewhere along the Pacific coast of North America. In the movie bearing this name, it refers to a special kind of marijuana that grows in the soil that is drenched by these storms—and the film itself is all about the trouble that ensues when a stoner and his drug dealer run afoul of the drug lord who made this marijuana available to them in the first place.
The film stars Seth Rogen as Dale Denton, a process server who spends his days putting on various disguises—delivery man, lab technician, and so on—so that he can deliver subpoenas to unsuspecting people. Ironically, given that he is employed in some sense by the legal system, Dale spends much of his time between assignments smoking an illegal substance. But as he sees it, people have always smoked marijuana and always will, and the fact that it was banned in the 1930s simply means that people like him are now forced to deal with criminals against their will.
So is the film pro-marijuana or anti-marijuana? Well, it depends on who you speak to. Judd Apatow, who produced this film as well as several of Rogen's earlier R-rated comedies, says he is opposed to marijuana use and thinks the film exposes the dangers of getting involved in that subculture. But Rogen, who wrote the film with Evan Goldberg, is an avid fan of the substance himself, and says he expects those who see the film will go and get high afterwards—if they aren't already.
Many are calling Pineapple Express a "stoner movie," but more than that, a closer look suggests that it's really about the complicated nature of friendship.
The emotional heart of the film is Dale's ...1