"Pineapple Express" does not have the charm or chemistry to attract the general public. There are just too many unsavory situations that turn off the audience. If the characters had the emotional appeal you got in classics like "Animal House, " "M.A.S.H." or "Caddy Shack," this film might have worked. James Franco does his best to create a character that you might care about and yet, due to the storyline, even he fails. That is the key, no one is decent enough to care about - there is no hero to root for - there is no goal they are seeking - there is nothing for you to invest any emotion or concern into, as you sit in the dark for almost two hours, watching situations that don't involve you. This film wanted to capture the aura of last summer’s “Superbad” and missed.
THE FOUL MOUTH OF THE YOUNG TEEN GIRLFRIEND OF SETH ROGEN IS NOT DESIGNED TO WIN THE
APPROVAL OF THE AUDIENCE.
ROSIE PEREZ LOOKING LIKE HER OWN GRANDMOTHER THESE DAYS, DOES NOT APPEAL TO THE AUDIENCE - I FELT OLDER JUST LOOKING AT HER.
NOT ONE OF THE CHARACTERS IN THE FILM WAS DOING OR HOPING TO DO ANYTHING WORTHWHILE.
THE CHARACTERS IN THE CLASSIC FILMS I MENTIONED AND EVEN THE MORE RECENT SUPERBAD, WERE TRYING TO REACH SOME GOAL, IF IN A ROUNDABOUT WAY - YOU COULD SUPPORT THEM AND THUS BECOME INVOLVED IN THEIR STRUGGLE.
THERE IS NO STRUGGLE IN THIS FILM. THE CHARACTERS WANT TO CONTINUE BEING JERKS AND LOW-LIVES. SO, THEIR ULTIMATE FATE IS OF LITTLE OR NO IMPORT TO THE AUDIENCE.