Seth Rogan

The Night Before (2015)

The Night Before (2015)

Director:

Jonathan Levine

Starring:

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Seth Rogan

Anthony Mackie

Jillian Bell

Plot:

On Christmas eve, three lifelong friends, two of whom are Jewish, spend the night in New York City looking for the Holy Grail of Christmas parties.

Review:

I love rated R Christmas movies, not sure why but I do. I liked The Night Before, but it wasn’t as good as the Harold and Kumar Christmas movie or even Four Christmases. I thought they should have eased off the serious stuff and just embraced the three friends going on one last crazy Christmas Eve before they accepted adulthood. That would have been funnier. Instead there was a steroids sideline and a whole getting over dead parents thing. The baby thing was actually funny, maybe they should have stayed that light and ridiculous with the other plotlines.

There were several funny moments and it was a nice holiday movie, but I felt like it could have been better.

3.5/5

Neighbors (2014)

Neighbors

Neighbors (2014)

Director:

Nicholas Stoller

Starring:

Seth Rogan

Rose Byrne

Zac Efron

Plot:

A couple with a newborn baby face unexpected difficulties after they are forced to live next to a fraternity house.

Review:

I get it, I really do. They just had a baby, they’re trying to figure out who they are now. It’s difficult. I’m there right now. Thankfully they’re not trying to make a movie from my transition because it went a lot smoother.

Honestly there were moments I really liked but over all I was a bit disappointed. I thought the adults should have woken up to their responsibilities sooner, but then that’s just me. I have a hard time when people in movies shirk their responsibilities for too long. I want them to accept them and learn faster.

I also would have liked it if Zac Efron had grown up faster too. Him winding up working up at an Abercrombie was believable but ended the movie on a downer.

3/5

 

The Interview (2014)

The Interview

The Interview (2014)

Director:

Evan Goldberg

Seth Rogan

Starring:

James Franco

Seth Rogan

Randall Park

Plot:

Dave Skylark and producer Aaron Rapoport run the celebrity tabloid show “Skylark Tonight.” When they land an interview with a surprise fan, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, they are recruited by the CIA to turn their trip to Pyongyang into an assassination mission.

Review:

A surprising number of well shot action scenes, I screamed at the TV multiple times, and, of course, tons of offensive jokes.

I did not go into The Interview expecting anything more than a Seth Rogan movie, and that’s exactly what I got. I don’t think it was as funny as This is the End, but I definitely enjoyed it. There were a few lulls that slowed the movie down and I’m getting a little tired of the weird relationship between Franco and Rogen that they like to put in each of their films, but not enough to alter my rating of the movie.

I had no problem with the changed ending, and thought that what they went with probably degraded Kim Jong-un more.

All in all, it was just what I expected, and I don’t have a problem with that. Boobs, ass, toilet humor. What more could you ask for?

4/5