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Monday, August 4, 2008

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Q: What’s the movie about?

A: A process server (Seth Rogen), who is always stoned on the job, accidentally witnesses a cop committing a murder, and is forced to go on the run with his drug dealer (James Franco).

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Seth Rogen, James Franco, Danny McBride, Gary Cole, Rosie Perez, Kevin Corrigan, Craig Robinson, Amber Heard, Ed Begley Jr., Bill Hader

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketGo! It's a good reminder that drugs and guns don't mix! Or drugs and cars, for that matter... Or drugs and jobs, or drugs and friends, or drugs and... You know, after seeing this movie I'm starting to think the only thing drugs mix with is sitting in a padded room. Alone. Legalize it!

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: When you're laughing at death, you know they're doing something right.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: Almost... Okay, probably not, but there is a strong, beautiful love that flows between the two male stars of this movie. You won't even want them to quit each other.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: No, but I may give out an award to the person who wins my "Seth Rogen's Celebrity Teeth Pool." Here's the idea: I recently noticed that Seth Rogen's two front teeth are exactly twice as long as any of the other teeth in his mouth, much like a member of the Rodent Family. Since he doesn't need them that way for gnawing wood, and he's eventually going to want to start looking like an actual celebrity, I imagine it's only a matter of time before he fixes his teeth through filing, veneering, or simply knocking them all out and starting over with dentures. My pool will give you, my loyal reader, an opportunity to place bets on how many more movies we will see him in before he has new teeth. The winner of the pool will get an award-- though I can't guarantee it'll be anything more than a hug. Please place your bets in the comments section of this post. (Sorry, Seth, but somebody was gonna point it out sooner or later.)

Q: How is the Acting?

A: Any good-looking actor who wants to be taken seriously, should always play a stoner. Brad Pitt won us over when he played Floyd in True Romance. Ashton Kutcher won us over in That 70's Show. Even Keanu Reeves made us think he could act in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. Well, now it's James Franco's turn to prove-- through marijuana abuse-- that he's more than just a pretty face. And boy does he! Showing his comedy chops should catapult his career to the next level. Yes, I know that doing Spiderman seems like it should count for something, but if we're honest, I think we can all agree that it never got him A-list status.

Q: How is the Directing?

A: David Gordon Green, who is known for making small indy films on a micro budget, actually makes this look like a bonafide Hollywood movie. Who knew?

Q: How is the story/script?

A: From the writers of Superbad, and with the supervision of Judd Apatow, this script is exactly what you'd expect it to be: an implausible story that somehow still makes sense, about grown men acting immature and irresponsible, yet charming, as nonsense ejects from their lips, causing you to both laugh and be a little moved.

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Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see this film.

U should watch James Franco's 'Acting with James Franco' short videos over at He's done 3 of them -- all with his younger brother David (also an actor) -- and they are hilarious. He can teach ANYONE to act. The best one is when he teaches you how to cry on camera. That guy should do comedy all the time.


Monique Elisabeth said...

Thanks for the rec! I had forgotten about that one. I did see the one where he cries-- it was hilarious. I'll check out the other two right now.

Anonymous said...

"Marlon Brando sniffed jackets... Marlon Brando sniffed pants! Sniff it!"

"You sniff it."



Monique Elisabeth said...

Marlon Brando did sniff jackets and pants!

Did you see the one where he and Mila Kunis re-enact The Hills? Mila does a great impression of Audrina.

Anonymous said...

Yes. I LOVE Mila Kunis.

Farzan said...

I might see this film tonight since my friends really want to see it. Good review

Monique Elisabeth said...

I'm looking forward to hearing what you think, Farzan.

Aaron said...

Seth will get his teeth fixed after he plays one role in a "serious" film. As soon as he breaks over to being a real actor type actor, he'll want to look like one.

Monique Elisabeth said...

Good call, Aaron! Fabulous wager! Let's see if anyone can top that!

Anonymous said...

That 'serious' film is a ways off, considering his next 4 are comedies. I doubt he fixes them until after he's shot his remake of LEAVE IT TO BEAVER: THE ADULT YEARS.


Farzan said...

Saw it Thursday night and thought it was good. I was kind of disappointed that I didnt find it funny as some of the other Apatow films. I still think Knocked Up was the best one. Overall a C+ in my book

Monique Elisabeth said...

Knocked Up is my favorite Apatow, too-- even though it's riddled with problems (most of which revolve around the scenes about guys hanging out).

I guess to appreciate the humor in this movie you have to be into stoner comedy. I love stoner comedy, or any other comdey about people acting dumb in a believable way that hasn't been done a million times. I just love the logic of dumb, stoned, and air-headed people! I'm sorry you didn't like it more, Farzan.