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Pineapple Extension: "You guys were in a car chase?!"

If there's any doubt in your mind (and I can't imagine why there would be) that "Pineapple Express" is a head trip movie about stoners imagining themselves the heroes of a movie they'd like to see, the final morning-after breakfast-and-bonding scene (not to mention the Robert Palmer "Woke up laughing" snippet followed by the Huey Lewis song over the end credits) drives it home like Bubby. The "Extended Version" now on DVD and Blu-ray goes even further. The guys re-live their movie, summing up what they've shared, and what they've learned.

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Check out the clip above (WARNING -- spoilers and R-rated language), and then continue below for the Huey Lewis plot-synopsis lyrics. Director David Gordon Green reportedly asked just three things: 1) that it sound like his '80s stuff; 2) that it contain repeated mentions of the movie title; and 3) that it contain something like a plot synopsis. I smell Oscar! (In a good way...)

P.S. Hey, man, have you ever played "Dark Side of the Moon" at the same time as "The Wizard of Oz"... ?

My favorite line, of course, is the reference to the most-used line in all of American cinema: "Let's get outta here!" (or "We gotta get outta here!").

Another groovy reference: The lyric "And how did we get into this mess?" musically echoes the one that precedes "Tryin' to make it real -- compared to what?" in Les McCann and Eddie Harris's Montreux classic, "Compared to What?"

From "Pineapple Express" by Huey Lewis:

Brother, grab your chillum And get all your gear We got problems We gotta get out of here Well, I got you and you got me We're as high as we could be So it's all right Oh yeah, it's all right It's not your fault and it's not mine I was just in the wrong place and time

Now there's trouble Oh yeah, trouble And how did we get into this mess? Pineapple Express Pineapple Express Totally gone cause' we're on Pineapple Express

Gotta keep your head down And be as cool as you can You know I got us Oh, a new evacuation plan Just stay low, follow me They can't see what we can see Cause' we're on it, yeah it's the chronic Don't get excited, just get your head right And we'll stick together if it takes all night...

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