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By Kristopher Tapley\IncontentionOne of our readers reminded me in the comments section of yesterday’s review of “Pineapple Express” that I failed to spotlight one of my favorite performances in the entire film, and a character actor who has quickly become one of the best go-to guys for comedic value.
Craig Robinson is probably most often associated with his Darryl Philbin stockroom character in television’s “The Office.”
Well in “Pineapple Express,” Robinson hits consistent high marks as Matheson, one of Gary Cole’s two henchman hunting down Seth Rogen and James Franco’s bumbling stoners. As usual, he holds court on the screen with specific and hilarious line readings. His exit from the film is one of the funniest scenes of the piece and he plays it up for all it’s worth.
Plot Summary for "Pineapple Express": A stoner and his dealer are forced to go on the run from the police after the pothead witnesses a cop commit a murder.