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''Pineapple Express'' (2008) is an American comedy film directed by David Gordon Green, written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and starring Rogen and James Franco with cameo appearances by Bill Hader, Ed Begley, Jr. and James Remar. Producer Creator/JuddApatow, who previously worked with Rogen and Goldberg on ''Film/KnockedUp'' and ''Film/{{Superbad}}'', assisted in developing the story, which was partially inspired by the buddy comedy subgenre.

Dale (Rogen) is a 25-year-old [[AmericanCourts process server]] who, in delivering a subpoena to drug lord Ted Jones, witnesses a murder perpetrated by Jones and his girlfriend, a corrupt cop. Dale panics and flees the scene, in his haste dropping a roach containing a rare strain of marijuana known as [[TitleDrop Pineapple Express]] - a strain that Ted knows he has sold only to Dale's dealer. Now, on the run from Ted's people and the cops alike, Dale and his dealer know all too well that this is more than weed-induced paranoia - everyone apparently is out to get them both.

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!! This film contains examples of:

* AlliterativeName: The two main characters? Dale Denton and Saul Silver.
* AirVentPassageway: Subverted. Saul manages to get in the vent but can't pull Dale up with him.
* BrickJoke: Dale finally ends up serving [[spoiler: Ted]] his subpoena ([[BondOneLiner to his mangled corpse]]), which was the whole reason Dale ended up outside Ted's house in the first place.
-->'''Dale:''' "Sorry, [[spoiler: Ted]]. [[BondOneLiner You've been served.]]"
* CarFu: [[BigDamnHeroes "You just got killed by a Daewoo Lanos]], [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch motherfucker!"]]
* ChangedMyMindKid: Red goes along with Dale to rescue Saul from Ted, but chickens out and leaves, only to come back just in time to save Saul from Matheson.
* TheChewToy: Red.
* ClusterFBomb
* CoDragons: Carol, Budlofsky and Matheson all seem to be share the role as Ted's 2nd in command, though Carol is the one who he interacts with the most.
* ComingOfAgeStory
* [[AwesomeMusic/{{Film}} Crowning Music of Awesome (Film)]]: The red band trailer was easily the best use of Music/{{MIA}}'s "Paper Planes" of 2008.
** The trailers essentially propelled the song and M.I.A. herself to new popularity heights in the United States.
* [[DieHardOnAnX Die Hard if Everyone got Stoned]]
* [[PlayingAgainstType Directing Against Type]]: Before this film, David Gordon Green directed arthouse dramas with small budgets (and even smaller grosses). This film became the turning point in his career; every film he makes afterward is a comedy.
* DirtyCop: Carol.
* EvilVersusEvil: Ted vs the Triads.
* FireForgedFriends: The three protagonists by the end.
* FunTShirt: A shirt featuring a picture of a shark eating a kitten.
* GenreSavvy: Dale and Saul both correctly predict their enemies' moves ahead of time with the help of weed-fueled paranoia. This includes Dale guessing that Ted smoked his dropped roach and Saul predicting that their cellphones would be triangulated.
* GreasySpoon: The protagonists go here after the story concludes to recap what the '''hell''' happened to them up to then.
* GroinAttack: A rare female variant.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: In a rare threesome, Dale, Saul, and Red.
* [[{{HoYay/Film}} Ho Yay (Film)]]: Dale, Saul and Red, in a subtext three-way.
** "I wanna be inside you, homes!"
** Also, Matheson towards Saul. "You need to sit your little sexy ass down and watch yourself get killed now!"
* ImprovisedWeapon: An ashtray, a dust-buster, a water pipe...
** Subverted in the climax, where it turns out that fluorescent lightbulbs are terrible weapons.
* IndecisiveParody
* InterchangeableAsianCultures: "He's in a big war with the Asians." "Asians? What kind of Asians? ''Indians'' are technically Asian." "I don't know, man! Asians!"
* LineOfSightName:
-->'''Dale:''' "Go to the Days Inn downtown. Use a fake name." (Looks around garage.) "Garagely!"
* LockAndLoadMontage: Two near the end. One in Red's house when he decides to help Dale ("Thug life!") and a second in the underground grow farm after they escape the room and find some guns.
* MadeOfIron: Red, all the way
* MagicBullets
* MistakenForBadass: Everything Dale and Saul do after escaping the murder scene is interpreted by Ted as the actions of top-shelf agents working for the Triads. They really aren't.
-->'''Ted:''' "He shot Pete? Pete was ex-{{CIA}}."\\
'''Carol:''' "Who is this Dale Denton?"
* MasterOfDisguise: Dale uses a bunch of these to serve his subpoenas.
* UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts: Dale's girlfriend Angie has her motel television tuned to a UFC fight in the foreground as they discuss their relationship over the phone.
* OnlyAFleshWound: Red gets shot multiple times throughout the movie and barely manages to make it out of an exploding farm and yet is only slightly tired by the end. The other characters note the damage he's suffered so far and decide to drop him off at a hospital at the end.
* PunchClockVillain: Budlofsky keeps talking about needing to get home to eat dinner with his wife [[spoiler: and is eventually shot by Matheson for choosing to go home instead of shooting Saul.]]
* ProperlyParanoid: Dale may seem like he thinks people are out to get him and he can't be trusted because he's high off his ass. Problem is, he's ''right''.
* RabidCop: Carol.
* RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun: Immediately after the action spectacular climax, the heroes go to a diner and talk about all the amazing things they just did.
* SassyBlackWoman: The cop who briefly arrests Dale.
* ScaryBlackMan: Subverted by Matheson who is very much in touch with his feelings. It doesn't stop him from being a psychopath, though.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: At the climax, [[spoiler: Budlofsky, wounded during the big firefight, tiredly decides not to shoot Saul and just go home... and then Matheson shoots him for going soft.]]
* SexIsInteresting: Dale's girlfriend seems to be under the impression that she's a mature, interesting person because she's had sex with seventeen different guys (Director's Cut only). Any idea the audience may have had that this could be true evaporates when she actually tries to use this as an argument.
* ShootTheHostage: When Dale takes one of Ted's goons hostage, Budlofsky shoots him (to Matheson's anger) and then tells Ted that Dale did it.
* SloMoBigAir: Dale and Saul in a stolen police car with a windscreen covered in red Slushee.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Superbad''.
* StonerFlick: Subverted - After a certain point Dale says he has to stop smoking weed due to the fact everything that went wrong in the movie is because of him smoking weed. The movie itself is almost a mix of pro- and anti-pot film.
-->"We aren't very functional when we're stoned - which is '''all the fucking time.'''"
* StraightMan: Dale is a ''little'' less stoned than the rest.
* StonersAreFunny
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Budlofsky & Matheson.
* TwoFace: Matheson after Saul hits him in the face with a coffee pot.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: All three of them. Red and Saul moreso.
* UnusualEuphemism:
-->'''Dale:''' I'm sorry, that sounded really mean... just to hear that, that sounded really mean. \\
'''Saul:''' No, I see. The monkey's out of the bottle now! \\
'''Dale:''' What? That's not even... a figure of speech. \\
'''Saul:''' Pandora can't go back into the box - he only comes out.
* VomitIndiscretionShot:
-->'''Saul:''' "Oh sick! You threw up in my printer."
* WallOfWeapons: Red has a literal wall of weapons.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: Subverted and lampshaded. During the movie, Dale talks about how he would like to be on the radio. After the climax, we hear Dale, off-screen, doing a very radio-esque announcer-voice. Which turns out to be in a diner, shortly after the climax, where the guys are having a celebratory breakfast, while Dale is demonstrating his radio-voice.
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