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AN AMERICAN PICKLE (2020): The Things I Liked…

An American Pickle (2020), Seth Rogen
An American Pickle (2020), Seth Rogen

I started watching the new Seth Rogen movie, An American Pickle with the knowledge that I’d need to have an open mind. Especially since the premise suggests that a human being can be preserved in a pickling solution, and wake up one hundred years later, minus any physical or mental deficits. I accepted this perfectly silly premise in exchange for some laughs.

The good news is that I did laugh a few times. The not so great news is that I lost a fair amount of faith in proceedings when quite early on, a key event takes place rather loudly, yet the many characters who were in close proximity apparently did not notice a thing. As disappointed as I was by this event, I didn’t stop watching director Brandon Trost’s movie because it had made me laugh almost right away. I, therefore, hoped that more funny moments would come, and they did. However, that doesn’t mean I could escape how hollow the whole experience of An American Pickle had started to feel.

In addition to the humour, the other element I enjoyed is how well Rogen playing two characters who interact with each other turned out.

The humour in An American Pickle may well be your kind of humour. In which case, give it a chance. Just remember that you’ll need to suspend your disbelief completely and utterly.

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AN AMERICAN PICKLE (2020): New Trailer From Seth Rogen, Sarah Snook, Sean Whalen…

An American Pickle (2020), Seth Rogen
An American Pickle (2020), Seth Rogen

Read my spoiler-free movie review of An American Pickle 2020).

Starring Seth Rogen, Sarah Snook and Sean Whalen, An American Pickle is a new Brandon Trost directed comedy about Herschel, an immigrant who works at a pickle factory.

After an unfortunate accident, Herschel, is preserved for 100 years and wakes up in modern day Brooklyn, New York.

I’m always ready for a new Rogen comedy. Always ready! And this certainly looks just like the kind of silliness I’ve been needing. Plus it’s set in New York.

I’m even more interested since Rogen is playing two characters. The last time I saw that executed well was in Tom Hardy’s Legend (2015).

Jorma Taccone, Joanna Adler, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Geoffrey Cantor, David Mattey, Charles Rogers, Kevin O’Rourke, Eliot Glazer and Adam Ratcliffe also star.

An American Pickle Release Dates: August 6th, 2020 (US)…

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GOOD BOYS (2019): New Trailer From Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon, Molly Gordon…

Good Boys (2019), Brady Noon, Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Universal Pictures
Good Boys (2019), Brady Noon, Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Universal Pictures

In new comedy Good Boys, three sixth grade boys (11 / 12 year olds) ditch school and embark on an adventure that involves carrying accidentally stolen drugs, being hunted by teenage girls, and trying to get home in time for their first kissing party.

Directed and co-written by Gene Stupnitsky, Good Boys is co-produced by Seth Rogen and stars Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon, Molly Gordon…

As a fan of Rogen and Superbad (2007), I simply have to watch this one. I’m just hoping that this long three minute trailer didn’t show too many of the jokes.

Midori Francis, Enid-Raye Adams, Chance Hurstfield, Millie Davis, Benita Ha, Lina Renna and Vicky Lambert also star.

Good Boys Release Dates: August 16th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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LONG SHOT (2019): New Trailer From Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen, Alexander Skarsgård…

Long Shot (2019), Charlize Theron

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Long Shot (2019).

Long Shot is the latest comedy starring Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron and Alexander Skarsgård.

Directed by Jonathan Levine, Rogen is Fred Flarsky, an unemployed journalist who decides to pursue his childhood crush. The only thing is, his childhood crush is Charlotte Field, one of the most powerful and unattainable women on the planet.

Rogen and Theron together seems surprising somehow, yet I definitely do love them both separately so I hope this really works.

Andy Serkis, Randall Park, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Aviva Mongillo, James Saito and Ravi Patel also star.

Long Shot Release Dates: May 3rd, 2019 (US & UK)…

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THE LION KING (2019): New Trailer From Seth Rogen, Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, Keegan-Michael Key, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Beyoncé…

The Lion King (2019)
The Lion King (2019)

A new version of the 1994 Disney classic The Lion King is coming in summer 2019. It’s a CGI and live-action re-imagining directed by Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book (2016).

The main characters are voiced by  Seth Rogen, Donald Glover, Keegan-Michael Key, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Beyonce, James Earl Jones, Eric André…

It’s so great that the wonderful bass of James Earl Jones’s voice is featured in both the 1994 version and this new movie.

I can’t wait to find out which version of the movie I prefer and how well all the distinct voices of the actors involved will sound together.

John Oliver, Florence Kasumba, Shahadi Wright Joseph and John Kani also star.

The Lion King Release Dates: July 19th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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THE DISASTER ARTIST (2017): New Trailer From James Franco, Seth Rogen, Dave Franco, Alison Brie, Zac Efron…

The Disaster Artis (2017), James Franco
The Disaster Artis (2017), James Franco

Starring James Franco, Seth Rogen, Dave Franco, Alison Brie and Zac Efron – to name just a few, The Disaster Artist is a drama/comedy  that tells the real life story of writer/director Tommy Wiseau.

Wiseau is the man behind what is often referred to as ‘The Citizen Kane of Bad Movies,’ The Room (2003).

Directed by James Franco, The Disaster Artist chronicles the troubled development and eventual cult success of  Wiseau’s film.

I’m hoping that this will be great considering how odd and entertaining this trailer is. I’ll tune in also because the James Franco/Seth Rogen partnership has never, ever let me down.

All I need to decide now is whether it’s worth trying to watch The Room before seeing this movie, or not.

The Disaster Artist Release Dates: December 8th, 2017 (US); 2017 (UK)…

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SAUSAGE PARTY (2016) Movie Review: Filthy Goodness…

Sausage Party (2016), Seth Rogen - Frank (Voice), Michael Cera - Barry (Voice)
Sausage Party (2016), Seth Rogen – Frank (Voice), Michael Cera – Barry (Voice)

Finding out the truth about one’s existence isn’t just a journey important for humans. Frank the sausage from Shopwell’s supermarket has heard some extremely disturbing news about what happens after he and his fellow food product friends are chosen and taken out of Shopwell’s and into ‘the great beyond.’ So begins the mad food horror / comedy / adventure that is Sausage Party, the latest from writing partners Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.

Starring Rogen, Michael Cera, Kristen Wiig, Nick Kroll, Jonah Hill, and many more, I found Sausage Party entertaining and definitely filthy. It’s the clever and well written wordplay that makes the comedy. The film’s general look and animation style is another personal highlight. I particularly love the walks of Teresa Del Taco and Frank’s girlfriend Brenda. Yes, we’re  talking about animation here but the sexiness is really, undeniable. Then there’s the  villainous Douche who is nicely played by Nick Kroll (probably my favourite of his roles, ever).

There’s no writing about Sausage Party without mentioning the, let’s say… ‘good times’ that happen towards the very end. WOW! That’s a great word for it.

Sausage Party (2016), Salma Hayek - Teresa Del Taco
Sausage Party (2016), Salma Hayek – Teresa Del Taco (Voice)

After thinking a few times, ‘How on earth are they going to end this?’as the movie played, I’m not mad at what actually happens at the very end – because how else could they have wrapped it up, really? Especially since food is ultimately for eating,  potatoes need peeling and no one should ever take ill treatment.

In terms of the things I was at odds with, Sausage Party features some commentary on religion that feels a little odd and out of place. However, at the same time it makes some sense for a world where food both talks and thinks. Nevertheless, it still didn’t quite fit somehow.

 Watch this movie for the smartly written filthy, fun dialogue and the general madness of it all.

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Neighbors 2 - Sorority Rising (2016), Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne
Neighbors 2 – Sorority Rising (2016), Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne

I remember watching Neighbors (2014) and not liking it enough to write anything meaningful. I wasn’t in love with the Neighbors 2 – Sorority Rising trailer either at first, but it grew on me after a week.

Fast forward to now having seen the sequel, the film suffers from the dreaded sequel disease of repetition. Though certainly not to the levels that My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 did this year, suffer it certainly does. As per the original movie, this one too was directed by Nicholas Stoller.

None of the performances by the stars including Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Dave Franco or Chloë Grace Moretz were bad. I just wasn’t much amused. In fact I’m quite certain that most of my laughing happened during the Neighbors 2 trailer.

Neighbors 2 - Sorority Rising (2016), Chloë Grace Moretz
Neighbors 2 – Sorority Rising (2016), Chloë Grace Moretz

Try as I must, I managed to find something I enjoyed about the movie and that is the message(s) at the end – however forced they may have felt.

From here on, the Neighbors 2 experience is going to be placed firmly behind me. especially  as I get busy re-watching my favourite of Rogen’s work;  Pineapple Express (2008), This Is The End (2013) and The Interview (2014). There’s also the wonderfully inappropriate Sausage Party (2016) to get excited and hopeful about.

I’m starting to wonder why it is that I seem to find myself enjoying Rogen’s Newer work less and less. I wasn’t even able to make it through the first third of The Night Before (2015) before needing to bail because I didn’t buy into any of the character’s actions. Am I simply getting too old and therefore no longer the target market? Have I watched so many of his movies / movies in general that very little is new to me any more? Has my taste simply changed…?

All I know at this point is that whatever the answer, thank goodness for the early work.

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