The wildly prolific funnyman does it allâ€”acting, writing, producing, and directingâ€”and has had a hand in many of this eraâ€™s finest comedy movies. Seth, we salute you.
"The result has been a decade-long run of projects defined by the actors preternatural gift for mining a generations private hang-ups and pop culture pastimes to consistently amusing ends."
Seth Rogen grows up, again, in The Night Before, a Yuletide comedy of wanton drug use, rapid-fire pop culture references, and boisterous boys-will-be-boys debauchery. The story of three childhood friends reuniting, one last time, to get wild and crazy on the night before Christmasand, and along the way, to face truths about themselves and their romantic and familial relationshipsis a rowdy seasonal romp that finds Rogen at the center of a maelstrom of man-child issues.
Decked out in a Star of David sweater, his lawyer struggles with impending fatherhood by getting blitzed on a cocktail of narcotics (provided to him by his generous wife) while trekking through Manhattan in a Red Bull limousine alongside bros Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie. Hes another profane stunted-adolescent doofus cast in a familiar Rogen moldand he reconfirms the actors maturation into contemporary Hollywoods reigning comedy star.
While Ben Stillers and Will Ferrells movies may gross more money, and Adam Sandler may still be a bigger A-listerthough his forthcoming, mired-in-controversy Netflix film will put that status to the testRogen has, over the past decade, transformed into the leading comedic voice of his generation by embodying a particular 21st century type: the twenty-and-thirtysomething straining to cope with impending adulthood.
Stiller and Ferrell (and a host of others) have also made a mint playing oversized kids. However, Rogens characters are more relatable than his contemporaries creations, both because they operate in a space more closely resembling the real world, and because Rogen infuses them with traits, interests, and anxieties that are born from his own 80s and 90s experiences. Unlike Stillers neurotics, Sandlers clowns, or Ferrells absurdist cartoons, Rogen plays slightly exaggerated versions of his actual selfor, at least, of his more juvenile self.
Rogen has been basing his material on his own life since high school, when he began working as a stand-up comedian (at the age of 13) making jokes about bar mitzvahs and Sunday school, and when he and lifelong friend and creative partner Evan Goldberg were 15, they penned their first draft of the screenplay for Superbada film eventually made in 2007 with Jonah Hill and Michael Cera that thrives courtesy of its natural, genuine feel for teen outsider-dom, friendship, revelry, and fears about the forthcoming transition to college. Superbad recognizesand exploits for humoreveryones trepidation over aging, and the realities and obligations that process entails. Rogen has made that unease the hallmark of his big-screen identity, and the result has been a decade-long run of projects defined by the actors preternatural gift for mining a generations private hang-ups and pop culture pastimes to consistently amusing ends.
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