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I keep trying to figure out what it is I don’t like about Seth Rogen’s movies, so I keep watching them. In “Neighbors” (2014), he’s part of a young married couple with a baby, coming to grips with the transition to responsibility/parenthood/adulthood. Meanwhile, a bacchanalian fraternity moves in next door. Hijinks ensue. There are laugh-out-loud funny moments, and I do enjoy the quick-quip dialog in Rogen’s films. But there is also way too much f-bombing, potsmoking and homophobic physical comedy. Enough with the penises. Talk about overselling a joke. Which is exactly what I don’t like about Seth Rogen’s movies.

The best thing about “The 40 Year Old Virgin” (2005) is it has that new-movie smell. You know what I mean. The concept is funny and all, but this was right at the beginning of the whole Judd Apatow Bromantic Comedy Era. It was Steve Carell’s first starring role. We hadn’t gotten tired of co-star Seth Rogen saying “fuck!” and doing bong hits every five seconds. The supporting cast is amazingly deep (Paul Rudd, Catherine Keener, Jane Lynch, Kat Dennings, Leslie Mann, Jonah Hill, etc.). And the dialogue is as sharp as a rock band on its first hit album.

I really love movies and really love this blog. If I don’t enjoy the movie, I can still get some mileage out of it by skewering it here. If I like the movie, well, it’s like getting surprised with an awesome gift that you never knew you wanted until you received it and now you love it. Example: “For a Good Time, Call…” (2012). They took a romantic comedy boilerplate with phone sex as a plot device and made a movie about – friendship. Seriously. A movie about friendship with dialogue and performances so funny, it had me laughing out loud.