Review Roundup: PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, SISTERHOOD 2, ELEGY

By at August 8, 2008 | 11:34 pm | Print

You know the last time we had positive reviews across the board for a weekend? I don’t either, but it’s been a while. So let the following viewers rejoice: Stoners, Seth Rogen fans, young adult women, and anyone that’s ever pined for Penelope Cruz. That covers just about everyone on the planet.

:: PINEAPPLE EXPRESS
Rotten Tomatoes: 69 / 100
Metacritic: 64 / 100
filmcritic.com: 2.5 / 5


It seems Pineapple Express — named after a particular strain of cool cannabis — is just what a stoner comedy should be. Funny. Seth Rogen and James Franco stay baked while on the run after one of ‘em witnesses a murder. There’s a good deal of action in the film, and that’s being criticized by some who feel it’s too much or gets in the way. Dude, just light up and chill. (The now-infamous red band trailer is above, and you can see our previous Pineapple Express coverage here.)

:: THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS 2
Rotten Tomatoes: 66 / 100
Metacritic: 63 / 100
filmcritic.com: 3 / 5

Cast of Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
How many films that make $39 million at the box office see a sequel? Here’s one. Chalk it up to the popularity of the Sisterhood book series, and the newfound popularity of star America Ferrera (Ugly Betty). This second film is, well, nice. You don’t hear that too often about a movie. As for the plot, the girls stay tight while separated for college. Enjoy it now ladies, cause it’ll be a pipe dream after you’ve all grown apart by graduation.

:: ELEGY
Rotten Tomatoes: 69 / 100
Metacritic: 62 / 100

Sir Ben Kingsley and Penelope Cruz in Elegy
Talk about great pedigree. Sir Ben Kingsley, Penelope Cruz, Dennis Hopper, Patricia Clarkson and Peter Sarsgaard in an adaptation of a Philip Roth story. In the film, Cruz drives Kingsley to nutty levels of passion and possessiveness. Tell me about it. Many are calling Elegy intelligent and absorbing. And one critic in particular respectfully mentioned the honor with which Cruz’s bare body is treated and exposed. Carefully and often, I would hope.

By the way, this is Kingsley’s seventh film with a 2008 release date, including a new animated Noah’s Ark movie. He must have a very comfortable beach house somewhere. (See our previous Elegy coverage.)

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