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Monday, May 19, 2014

The Top 10 Films of Seth Rogen

Seth Rogen's newest hit comedy, Neighbors, was recently released just in time to help kick off the summer movie season. It's projected to make about 150 million dollars domestically and it's certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. I personally saw this movie last night and I'm still laughing about it today. In fact, in just might come up a little later... Anyways, in honor of Seth Rogen's newest film, I present to you The Top 10 Films of Seth Rogen.

10) Pineapple Express (2008)
Directed By: David Gordon Green
Written By: Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg
Starring: Seth Rogen, James Franco, & Danny McBride

Brief Description: As great as James Franco was in this film, Pineapple Express was sort of a let down. Rogen had just come off of a 3-4 movie stretch (films you'll see later in this list) of all time great comedies, so Pineapple Express felt a little underwhelming. But all that being said, it's a solid film that you won't be able to turn away from when it comes up on cable or HBO.

9) Kung Fu Panda (2008)
Directed By: Mark Osborne & John Stevenson
Written By: Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger
Starring: Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, David Cross, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, & Ian McShane

Brief Description: Kung Fu Panda would be higher on this list, but it's a Jack Black movie first and foremost. However, Seth Rogen is clearly in this film (not like his cameo in Anchorman, a film I refused to consider) and it's a darn good movie. Therefore, it made the list.

8) The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)
Directed By: Judd Apatow
Written By: Judd Apatow & Steve Carell
Starring: Steve Carell, Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, & Romany Malco

Brief Description: The 40 Year Old Virgin is one of the best comedies that has ever existed in the history of mankind; however, it's not really a Seth Rogen vehicle. As great of a movie as 40 is, it has to take a back seat (at least in my mind, and hey, it's my list) to movies that Rogen is clearly the lead or movies he wrote.

7) The Guilt Trip (2012)
Directed By: Anne Fletcher
Written By: Dan Fogelman
Starring: Seth Rogen & Barbara Streisand

Brief Description: Now we're getting into the territory of clearly, hands-down Seth Rogen movies and films I would highly recommend to people. The Guilt Trip isn't a great movie and one he clearly made for money; however, it's delightful and funny. I fully expected to hate The Guilt Trip and yet it won me over. I expect it to do the same to you if you haven't seen it yet. Sure it's cliche and predictable, but in the best possible way.

6) Observe and Report (2009)
Directed By: Jody Hill
Written By: Jody Hill
Starring: Seth Rogen, Anna Faris, & Ray Liotta

Brief Description: I think Observe and Report only has a 51% on Rotten Tomatoes because people expected an R-rated version of "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" or maybe something along the lines of a other Jody Hill project: Eastbound and Down. However, what they got was a completely fucked up and much darker version of anything they could have ever imagined. But underneath all the insanity is a work of brilliance.

5) Neighbors (2014)
Directed By: Nicholas Stoller
Written By: Andrew J. Cohen & Daniel O'Brien
Starring: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, & Dave Franco

Brief Description: The inspiration for this list is also the 5th best Seth Rogen film. While it absolutely lacks the heart and sweetness that the top 4 films have, it makes up for it by being laugh out loud hysterical. The conversation that Rogen and Efron have in the film about Batman is one of the funniest things I've seen in my life.

4) 50/50 (2011)
Directed By: Jonathan Levine
Written By: Will Reiser
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, & Anna Kendrick

Brief Description: Will Reiser is a good friend of Seth Rogen who actually battled cancer. Rogen told Reiser he needed to write a movie about his experience... and make it comedy. What ended up coming from Reiser's horrific tragedy is a beautiful, heart-warming, and uplifting tale about life and friendship.

3) This Is The End (2013)
Directed By: Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg
Written By: Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg
Starring: Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, & Danny McBride

Brief Description: The directorial debut of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg was not only a commercial success, but one of the best films of 2013. In the middle of all the penises, drug references, and fart jokes is actually an extremely sweet and universally relatable story of friendship.

2) Superbad (2007)
Directed By: Greg Mottola
Written By: Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg
Starring: Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Seth Rogen, & Bill Hader

Brief Description: Superbad is just a game changer. It's one of those movies that's so damn good it will live within the zeitgeist of American culture forever. Rogen and Golberg starting writing this story while they were in high school and after multiple drafts, they came out with a masterpiece. It has the perfect blend of humor, heart, debauchery, and loyalty. Plus, it's the reason we have America's Sweetheart Emma Stone!

1) Knocked Up (2007)
Directed By: Judd Apatow
Written By: Judd Apatow
Starring: Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, & Leslie Mann

Brief Description: After being a scene-stealer in the break out hit The 40 Year Old Virgin, Judd Apatow gave his long time collaborator Seth Rogen (they both worked together on the great Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared) his own movie. Not only did we get a really funny and transcendent romantic comedy, but we got to know how great Seth Rogen's humor is. It's because of how awesome Knocked Up is that we got this list in the first place.


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