Box art for Pineapple Express (Rated)

Pineapple Express (Rated)


A new comedy from the creative genius of Judd Apatow follows a pair of druggie losers as they reach the top of the hit-list when one witnesses a mob murder and drags his buddy into a crazy flight from mobsters bent on silencing both of them permanently.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
  • Audience Score

common sense

3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Violent stoner comedy is funny, but NOT for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that, from the opening scene, this "hard R" comedy -- which teens will want to see thanks to the presence of Knocked Up star Seth Rogen -- is suffused in a heavy cloud of marijuana smoke. One of the lead characters is a pot dealer, and the other smokes it habitually; pot is also sold to schoolchildren. There's also lots more violence than in most comedies from producer Judd Apatow, as well as constant strong language (including "f--k," and "s--t"). All of that said, one character does come to regret and reject his pot use, and dope-dealing higher-ups are portrayed as brutal, vicious criminals and murderers.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the real-life consequences of drug use. Do you think this movie sincerely depicts the negative consequences of marijuana use, or does it glamorize it and make it seem acceptable, even cool? What message does that send to teens who see the movie? Families can also talk about how this movie is similar to and different from others in the "Judd Apatow school" of humor. Why do you think his style of comedy is so popular?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Apatow and Green are just throwing whatever they can at the screen, to see what will get either a laugh or a grimace. More likely the latter, since you'll likely leave the theatre wondering if you saw a comedy or a Sam Peckinpah movie.

- Peter Howell, Toronto Star, Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Audience Reviews

4 stars

David Gordon Green directing a story by Judd Apatow? It goes against the laws of nature. But even more surprising is how well this film works, a successful blend of bromance, stoner comedy and highly enjoyable action - with James Franco shining in a perfect, hilarious performance.

- blacksheepboy, Tuesday, November 2, 2010

4 stars

One of the funniest movies i've ever seen. I love James Franco in this. It's one of those movies I watch anytime I see it on.

- gatorgirl13, Wednesday, October 27, 2010

3 stars

oh jesus no no i would never see this not high.

- ColinCostigan8590, Tuesday, August 17, 2010