«Ананасовый экспресс» (англ. Pineapple Express), амер. комедия 2008 года.
Главный герой фильма — 25-летний Дэйл Дентон (Сет Роген), чья работа — развозить повестки в суд по всему городу. Работа нервная, поэтому, чтобы расслабиться, он регулярно покупает травку у своего дилера Сола (Джеймс Франко). Однажды Сол предложил ему совершенно новый уникальный сорт под названием «Ананасовый экспресс». Покурив, Дэйл отправляется с повесткой к очередному клиенту — некоему Теду Джонсу (Гэри Коул), оказавшемуся мафиозным главарём. Дэйл подъехал к дому Джонса как раз вовремя, чтобы стать свидетелем того, как мафиози вместе с коррумпированной полицейской (Рози Перес) убивают конкурента из китайской мафии. Стремясь как можно быстрее скрыться, Дэйл случайно привлекает внимание преступников. И все бы ничего, однако в панике он выбросил на тротуар косяк с «Ананасовым экспрессом», а это ведёт лишь к одному источнику — Солу.
Бюджет фильма составил 27 млн. $. В прокате с 6 августа по 28 сентября 2008, наибольшее число показов в 3,072 кинотеатрах единовременно. За время проката собрал в мире 101,624,843 $ из них 87,341,380 $ в США и 14,283,463 $ в остальном мире. В странах СНГ фильм шел с 4 декабря 2008 по 11 января 2009 и собрал 1,045,415 $.
Pineapple Express is a 2008 American stoner action comedy directed by David Gordon Green, written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and starring Rogen and James Franco. Producer Judd Apatow, who previously worked with Rogen and Goldberg on Knocked Up and Superbad, assisted in developing the story, which was partially inspired by the buddy comedy subgenre. The film was released on August 6, 2008. Franco was nominated for a Golden Globe award for his performance in the film.
Dale Denton (Seth Rogen) is a 25-year-old process server who witnesses the dangerous drug lord, Ted Jones (Gary Cole) and Officer Carol Brazier (Rosie Perez) committing murder. Dale panics and leaves his roach at the scene containing a rare strain of marijuana called Pineapple Express. Ted subsequently identifies Dale's roach as the strain that he had sold to only one dealer. Ted sends his two henchmen, Budlofsky and Matheson (Kevin Corrigan and Craig Robinson) to the dealer, Red (Danny McBride), who discloses that he has only sold the pot to Dale's dealer, Saul Silver (James Franco). Dale flees to Saul's apartment in a panic and explains what happened. After a brief conversation, Dale realizes Ted could trace the roach back to Saul. Dale and Saul flee into the nearby woods, while Ted's henchmen persuade Red to arrange a meeting between Saul and Red, but fails because Dale and Saul spend the night in the woods. After sleeping for 18 hours, Dale and Saul arrive at Red's house and hope that talking with Red in person will help them determine whether Ted has linked them, and therefore whether he is in pursuit. Instead, Dale decides that Red will reveal their whereabouts to Ted, and Dale, Saul, and Red fight each other. Convinced that Ted's henchmen are pursuing them, Dale and Saul decide that they must leave the city. Dale visits his girlfriend, Angie (Amber Heard) at her house to warn her and her parents (Nora Dunn and Ed Begley, Jr.), but only Angie's father did not believe Dale. Ted's henchmen pursue Dale and Saul to Angie's house, and Angie and her family goes into hiding. To leave town, Dale and Saul sell some of Saul's Pineapple Express to raise bus fare. However, a police officer catches Dale for smoking a joint and arrests him for selling the weed to middle school kids. Dale convinces the arresting officer that Officer Brazier is corrupt. Saul eventually rescue Dale by hijacking the squad car, while Officer Brazier hears a police radio call of Dale's arrest. Officer Brazier pursues Dale and Saul in a high speed chase, but Dale and Saul successfully evade her.
Dale and Saul argued each other about the mess they have found themselves in, resulting in Dale telling Saul that they are not friends and never were. Dale and Saul go in separate ways, angry and upset. Saul visits his grandmother in an assisted living home and finds Ted's henchmen, who kidnaps Saul and takes him hostage in Ted's lair. Dale enlists Red to help him to rescue Saul from Ted and Officer Brazier, but Red unexpectedly backs out from the last minute and Dale is captured. While Dale and Saul are held hostage, they decide to make up. Meanwhile, a rival Asian drug gang attacks the barn to revenge a member's death at the hands of Ted and Officer Brazier. Dale and Saul finally free themselves and join the conflict. Dale and Ted endure a brawl that resulted in Ted's death when one of the Asians (Ken Jeong) sets off a bomb that completely destroys the barn. Meanwhile, Matheson kills Budlofsky for refusing to kill Saul when he had the chance. Before Matheson can kill Saul, Red breaks through the wall with his car, running over Matheson and kills him. While Saul thanks Red, Officer Brazier reaches for a gun and shot Red, seemingly killing him. The bomb goes off, first exploding Red's car and later falls on top of Officer Brazier and kills her. Dale carries Saul out of the burning barn. Just as Saul awakens, Red crawls from the wreckage of the barn. The film ends when Dale, Saul, and Red go to a diner to eat their breakfast and celebrate their friendship and Saul's grandmother picks them up and takes them to a hospital for their surgery.
The inspiration for making Pineapple Express, according to producer Judd Apatow, was Brad Pitt's character in True Romance, a stoner named Floyd. Apatow "thought it would be funny to make a movie in which you follow that character out of his apartment and watch him get chased by bad guys".According to Rogen, the ideal production budget was $40 million, but due to the subject matter - "because it's a weed movie", as he described it - Sony Pictures allotted $25 million.The movie is named after a wind pattern that brings rainstorms from Hawaii to Vancouver, Rogen's hometown.
The film has received generally positive reviews from critics with a rating of 68% on the review website Rotten Tomatoes. Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune praised the film's script, noting that it "recalls what made Superbad worth seeing: the sidewinding conversational riffs, the why-am-I-laughing? wordplay." However, he was critical of the second half of the film, and felt that the violence in contrast to the comedy of the first half was jarring and gratuitous. Sonny Bunch of the Washington Times agreed with Phillips, opining that "It’s a shame so much attention was paid to the gun battles and so little to character development." Kelly Vance of East Bay Express enjoyed Franco's performance, stating that he "steals the movie easily", as well as the authenticity of the film's sets.
A "red-band" trailer for the film, featuring the song "Paper Planes" by M.I.A., leaked in February 2008. Sony Pictures had the video removed from YouTube within a few days of its posting. Patrick Goldstein's Summer Movie Posse of the Los Angeles Times described its incorporation as "the most impressive use of M.I.A.'s 'Paper Planes' ever". The film's makers had been keen on including the song in the film's main trailer and approached M.I.A.'s U.S. label Interscope Records for permission. She added "Interscope asked me and I was, like, well, since it’s just the trailer, that’s cool. I didn’t really think twice about it" stating she would have thought more carefully about permitting the song's use if it was in the main film, "scrutinizing what scene they were using it in and stuff like that". Pineapple Express had an advance screening at the Just for Laughs Film Festival on July 19, 2008. The film was released on August 6, 2008. Cable network FX pre-bought exclusive rights to air the film after its theatrical run. One particular aspect of the film that has been almost universally praised is the cinematography; Seth Rogen even joked on the commentary that "even people who hate the movie admit that it's shot well".
David Gordon Green met with Apatow, Rogen and Goldberg on the set of Knocked Up, and later on the set of Superbad to discuss the project. Green cited The Blues Brothers, Midnight Run,Running Scared, the Terrence Malick written The Gravy Train and Stir Crazy as sources of inspiration and influence on directing the film.
There was an exclusive sneak peek of the film attached to the Superbad DVD, which was released on December 4, 2007.
Sony released the film on Wednesday August 6, 2008 with $12,085,679 in ticket sales. Over the weekend it opened at number two behind The Dark Knight with $23,245,025 for a five day total of $41,318,736. The film went on to gross $87,341,380 domestically with a worldwide total of $101,549,277.
The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray on January 6, 2009. Both rated and unrated versions of the film are available. It was released on DVD and Blu-ray in Australia on December 31, 2008. Both the Blu-ray and 2-disc DVD versions of the film come with a digital copy of the unrated film. As of November 1, 2009 the DVD has sold 2,510,321 copies and generated $43,033,863 in sales revenue.
The original motion picture soundtrack to the film was released on August 5, 2008. Although featured in the trailer for the film, the song "Paper Planes" by M.I.A. is not used in the film or on its soundtrack. Following the trailer's release, "Paper Planes" gained massive airplay, entering the Top 5 on Billboard Hot 100. Also featured in the film but absent from the soundtrack album are Grace Jones' Sly and Robbie produced cover of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire", the former of which can be found on her 1998 compilation Private Life: The Compass Point Sessions.