Archive for February 17th, 2009

17th February
2009
written by Steph
Aloha!

Aloha!

What is there to say about this movie?  If you’ve seen the commercials for the film, you pretty much know what it’s about.  Seth Rogen plays Dale Denton, a good-natured stoner who witnesses a murder early on in the film and then spends the rest of the movie on the run with his pot-dealer cum friend, Saul, from the guy who did the killing.  The twist?  The murderer is one of the city’s two big pot producers and he is able to trace one tossed roach back to Dale, who he knows witnessed his wayward ways with a gun. By and large, this is your average stoner comedy, but done in the vein of most of Judd Apatow’s recent blockbusters (Knocked Up, Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, etc.,), which I think elevates it slightly.  It can be lewd and crude, but it can also be hella funny.  I personally got a kick out of the insane scenarios (and the myriad of pitiful fights) that hapless Dale and Saul found themselves in, and I wouldn’t exactly categorize this as lowest common denominator funny either.  It ain’t highbrow, but you don’t have to be a fratboy or a stoner yourself to giggle along with some of the outlandishness that occurs here. Also of note, although Rogan plays a solid straightman, James Franco really shines as Saul, giving a pitch-perfect performance of comically tragic guy who has turned to dealing pot so that his Bubby can live in a good-quality retirement home.  Whereas Rogen gives pretty much you what you’d expect given his other films, Franco does something pretty interesting here given his CV. What more can I say?  It’s a fun movie that doesn’t require much thinking.  If you’ve seen and enjoyed other Apatow films or other stoner comedies, then you’ll probably enjoy this one too. Rating: 3.5 out of 5