1. Pineapple Express (2,800+ Theaters, 111 Minutes, Rated R): There have been pot comedies before (Cheech and Chong made their names from them), there have been action comedies (take the Rush Hour movies, please), but a pot action comedy? It’s like two, two, two great genres in one!
Yes, this week brings another entry in Judd Apatow’s massive empire of comedy films. This time, Seth Rogen gets another turn at bat, re-teaming with his Superbad writing cohort Evan Goldberg.
This movie tells the tale of a pothead and his dealer who go on the run after witnessing a killing. What complicates their getaway is the fact that both are in altered states. The comedy comes from their attempts to concentrate long enough to save their lives.
2. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2 (2,600+ Theaters, 117 Minutes, Rated PG-13): It is strange to see how things have changed since the first movie in regard to these ladies’ careers. Back when The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants came out, Amber Tamblyn was in the buzz TV show, Joan of Arcadia and Alexis Bledel was on the critically acclaimed Gilmore Girls. America Ferrara and Blake Lively were virtually unknown.
Now, Blake Lively is the star of the buzzworthy Gossip Girl and America Ferrara is on the critically acclaimed Ugly Betty. Both Gilmore Girls and Joan of Arcadia have gone off the air, and Bledel and Tamblyn have begun their burgeoning film careers.
This film continues the adventures of four women who are united by friendship and a really good pair of jeans. Which is weird because all four appear to be different sizes. It doesn’t seem logical that one pair of pants would fit all of them.