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Pineapple Express

Seth Rogan, James Franco

Dale Denton (Rogan) is a total stoner who accidentally witnesses a murder involving a cop and a drug lord. He turns to his weed dealer, Saul (Franco) for help  and the two of them have to flee. They are betrayed by Saul’s dealer and friend Red (played by Danny McBride) who is the middle guy selling this particular weed called the Pineapple Express. They are hunted down by members of the drug gang and aren’t quite smart enough to outrun them (because they are always stoned). There are car chases and shooting and lots and lots and lots of pot smoking, making some of the action very funny. The whole thing ends at the drug lord’s pot lair where there is a major shoot out with the waring Asian syndicate.

This is quite a different film for Rogan who, although often portrayed as a stoner in other films, has probably not seen this much action. He wrote the screenplay as well as taking the leading role with Franco. I don’t know how the guy has enough time in his life!

This film has been classified as comedy, action and crime. However, I have classified it as a Bromance as there is a lot of relationship issues going down between Dale and Saul who become BFFs, and later with Red who joins in. Dale has a girlfriend who plays a minor role, as the real relationship issues are between the boys. This is a fun watch and worth a go.

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Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Seth Rogan, Elizabeth Banks

I do love a movie with best friends – Zack and Miri are great friends, albeit in a bit of a mess. They can’t pay the rent, have shitty jobs, and no relationships.

In order to get money fast, Zack decides to make a porno and Miri agrees to be in it with him.  Best friends should never make a porno together! There are feelings to be considered, like how sex will affect their relationship?

I actually thought this film was going to be funnier than it turned out to be.  Don’t get me wrong, I did laugh, but I intended to laugh a lot more.  It’s R-rated and there’s a fair bit of graphic sexy bits, some of it gross, but mostly it’s quite light on. I didn’t get a chance to watch it twice so not sure whether it would go in the “Better the Second Time” category, but it’s a great weekend flick.

Knocked up

Katherine Heigl, Seth Rogan, Paul Rudd, Leslie Man, Kristen Wiig, Jason Segal, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Martin Starr

Alison and Ben (Heigl and Rogan) are complete opposites. He needs to straighten up, and she needs to lighten up. When they hook up on a drunken one night stand, he gets her pregnant. Now they have to form some kind of relationship, starting with getting to know each other, and trying to like each other.

Alison lives with her sister Debbie (Leslie Mann) and her husband Peter (played by Paul Rudd). Their relationship has a few problems of its own, which has an influence on how Alison and Ben think about their future. Will they even have a future together considering they are so ill suited?

This is a very funny movie, with much of the humour supplied by Jason Segal, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, and Martin Starr – Ben’s friends and housemates. This was the first rom com where I saw Heigl and I loved her straight away. This is a fast and funny film, with great acting, and lots of hilarious ‘bit’ parts (Wiig playing one in particular). Classic rom com, one of my favourites.

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