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17th February
written by Steph


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


  1. 02/17/2009

    I always think I’m going to find these comedies too crude to enjoy, but I usually end up laughing so much.

  2. 02/17/2009

    I love both Rogan and Franco, so I would probably like this movie, but I hadn’t heard much about it. I have always kind of liked stoner movies, especially if they aren’t too ridiculously slapstick. I am going to put this one on my list. Thanks! Oh, btw, I did end up watching Grizzly Man the other day with some friends, and I have to say that you were right on target with that one. There was just a whole lot of crazy going on with that movie.

  3. 02/17/2009

    @Charley: I would actually say that this one is quite a bit less crude than other Apatow movies. The emphasis is more on the drugs than on the sex in this one. 😉
    @Ziblee: Because this film has a bunch of fight scenes, it has its fair share of slapstick moments, but it wasn’t exactly campy, and I actually thought the fights were some of the funniest parts. Also, I’m glad you had fun with Grizzly Man; it really is a very engaging documentary!

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