To that end, Rogen’s screenplay (co-written with Superbad collaborator Evan Goldberg) hilariously tweaks archetypal action sequences in small but inventive ways, and indie-director David Gordon Green’s 1970s visual flair brings another level of inspiration and energy to this ’80s action homage.  If Quentin Tarantino were to remake Beverly Hills Cop, it’d probably feel a lot like this manic, violent and often foul ride.

So at the end of it all, what’s a discerning Christian to make of Pineapple Express?  While I won’t presume to answer that question categorically, I will say this:  the Apatow crew may have a lot of things to repent for, but their gifts aren’t among them.

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol:  Pot smoking throughout, including experimental creations like “the cross” doobie.
  • Language/Profanity:  All levels of profanity used throughout, including consistent usage of sexually crude language and graphic scatological humor.
  • Sex/Nudity:  A man’s naked backside.  Dale—in his 20s—dates an 18-year-old high school student, but there’s no sexual content or activity.  Saul uses his thumb to make a crude sexual gesture.  A reference is made to God’s “female” genitalia.
  • Violence/Other:  A man is murdered point-blank in the back of the head.  Numerous examples of violent gunplay, including people being shot point-blank multiple times, machine gun fire repeated into people, bloody fights, accidents, and destructive car chases.

Jeffrey Huston is a film director, writer and producer at Steelehouse Productions in Tulsa, Okla.  He is also cohost of the "Steelehouse Podcast,” along with Steelehouse Executive Creative Mark Steele, where each week they discuss God in pop culture. 

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