Saturday, July 11, 2015
Freaks and Geeks co-stars Seth Rogen and James Franco are reunited as process server/perpetual stoner Dale and his emotionally needy drug connection Saul. When Dale leaves a joint at a murder scene containing the rare titular marijuana strain, the hapless pair find themselves in very grave danger. Rogen intended to play the more flamboyant role of Saul, the good-natured slacker who deals weed to provide for his Bubbe, but producer Apatow suggested Franco, whose comic chops netted him a Golden Globe nomination. The film also marked the comedy debut of director David Gordon Green, who made his name with acclaimed indie dramas like George Washington and All the Real Girls. More than the aimless farce it portends to be, the film contains startling bursts of violence and against-type work from Gary Cole (Office Space) as a drug lord and Rosie Perez as a dirty cop, and a show-stealing turn by Danny McBride.