Pineapple Express

Music By: Various Artists

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            From the makers of Superbad and Knocked Up comes a stoner movie about…well, what else…a rare form of marijuana.  Dale Denton (Seth Rogen) is a process server with a constant craving for cannabis.  After his dealer (James Franco) introduces him to the rare Pineapple Express marijuana, Dale heads over to his next “victim”.  However, the man he is about to serve legal papers to is actually drug lord Ted Jones (Gary Cole).  Dale witnesses Jones and a crooked cop (Rosie Perez) commit murder.  Speeding away from the crime, Dale hits two parked cars and leaves behind his telltale Pineapple Express joint.  The brand is so rare that Jones is able to trace the drug back to the dealer.  What follows is a cat and mouse game as Dale and his dealer find themselves on the run from a major drug lord.

            The soundtrack of Pineapple Express contains music by various artists, including a new song by Huey Lewis & the News, two musical score tracks from Graeme Revell, and songs by Eddy Grant, Cypress Hill, Public Enemy, Bel Biv Devoe, Robert Palmer, Peter Tosh, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Mountain and more.  The soundtrack opens with Pineapple Express by Huey Lewis & the News.  The lyrics perfectly represents the theme of the movie: “We’re as high as we can be…How did we get into this mess?/ Pineapple Express”  The sound is just as catchy as the band’s old 80’s tracks like Heart of Rock & Roll and Hip to be Square.  This is followed by the 80s Eddy Grant hit, Electric Avenue.  The song’s lyrical message doesn’t fit the movie, but it was nice to hear it again after all these years. 

            The soundtrack contains quite a few R&B and rap songs including Dr Greenthumb by Cypress Hill, Lost at Birth by Public Enemy, Poison by Bel Biv Devoe and Tha Crossroads by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Graeme Revell’s contribution of two tracks of musical score gives listeners an idea as to the action taking place in the film.  Moondog & the London Saxophonic supply a terrific jazz track in Bird’s Lament.

            Overall, the Pineapple Express Soundtrack isn’t half bad.  I found myself singing along to quite a few songs and tapping my foot along to others.  I am truly glad that no one was in the room when I decided to pop this soundtrack into the CD player – the lyrics can be quite graphic at times.  And I simply cannot understand the reasoning behind the last track – Woke Up Laughing by Robert Palmer.  Other than the title, this particular track doesn’t really match up to the rest of the music on the soundtrack..

            Would I buy the Pineapple Express Soundtrack if I saw it in the stores?  I have to say no, but then, I only truly enjoyed half of the music.  To me, that’s not enough incentive for me to shell out $15.00 of my hard earned money for a stoner movie soundtrack.  This is one soundtrack I would have to pass up even if I saw it in a bargain bin.


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