Tag Archives: Seth Rogen

This Is The End

12 Jun

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Seth Rogen and his writing partner Evan Goldberg have created a comedy/horror that is over the top hilarity from beginning to end. The film features James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson trapped in Franco’s house after Los Angeles experiences a series of devastating events. In the end, the group must face the true meaning of friendship when things become dire.

While the story isn’t the greatest, it works because all of the actors and star cameos look like they are having the time of their lives playing fictional versions of themselves. Rogen and Goldberg do a fine job at mixing in the horror with the comedy, and while not every joke lands, they will still have you laughing until it hurts. There a couple slow moments which justifies the A minus rating, but This Is The End is the funniest movie of the year.

WORD COUNT: 151

Adam’s Grade: A-

Chuck’s Grade: N/A

Knocked Up

20 Dec

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Writer/Director Judd Apatow delivers a poignant comedy that delivers laughs as well as being real and meaningful.

Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl), an attractive and ambitious E! television host meets Ben (Seth Rogen) a twenty something slacker at a bar while celebrating her work promotion. They drink….They laugh…They have sex, which leads to an unexpected pregnancy. Both agree to work through the pregnancy together with the support of their friends and family, particularly Alison’s sister Debbie (Leslie Mann) and her husband Pete (Paul Rudd), who give them a future snapshot of how they will look down the road.

Apatow has a keen sense at being very vulgar at times but also able to show genuine feelings in the characters. This film has a lot of depth, but I think Seth Rogen is a stretch for Heigl (even drunk). The film tends to drag a bit, but with a playful cast and script, Knocked Up delivers a modern romantic comedy.

WORD COUNT: 158

Adam’s Grade: B+

Chuck’s Grade: B-

50/50 is a risky endeavor

19 Dec

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This may sound strange, but screenwriter Will Reiser writes a funny script about cancer. Based on experiences from his own struggle with the disease, Reiser puts together a heartfelt comedy about one of the scariest subjects that has touched almost every person in someway, whether it be a family member, friend, or past acquaintance.

Adam Lerner (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a 27-year-old radio journalist that finds out he has a rare form of cancer. His chances of survival are 50/50, which he intends to beat, but his condition affects his relationship with his girlfriend and his piece of mind. He begins seeing a therapist (Anna Kendrick) while his mother (Angelica Huston) becomes more overbearing than normal and his best friend (Seth Rogan) keeps Adam on his toes.

50/50 is a risky endeavor, but the comedy does not distract from the drama at hand. This film works on many levels, but its strength comes from the inspired writing and solid performances from the cast.

WORD COUNT: 160

Adam’s Grade: A-

Chuck’s Grade: N/A

Superbad is Supergood

5 Sep

In 2007, I will never forget walking out of theater after seeing Superbad and listening to adults say, “teenagers don’t talk like that”. I was a teenager then, and I wanted to tell them how clueless they were about their kids. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s Superbad is one of the most raunchy and vulgar scripts teenage actors have ever spoken. The opening dialogue still is one of the dirtiest, but funniest conversations I have ever heard. Seth (Jonah Hill) and Evan (Michael Cera) are best friends in the last week of high school and try to impress their two crushes by promising them alcohol with their friend, Fogell aka McLovin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) fake ID.

The film balances high school life with the absurd in a way that makes it believable, but also a lot of fun. As parents were denying the truth; we were spreading the word about the funniest movie we had ever seen.

WORD COUNT: 156

Adam’s Grade: A

Chuck’s Grade A