July 1, 2012 |
The setup: "Magic Mike" was released Friday, and the movie - which is about male strippers ... not that we need to remind you - is full of sexy scenes and ridiculous laughs, but it doesn't include any true frontal male nudity. It got us wondering ... is male nudity sexy or funny? SEXY Let's be clear about something: Yes, male nudity, as it is currently portrayed in mainstream film, is totally giggle-worthy. Jason Segel didn't flap his junk from side to side in"Forgetting Sarah Marshall" for the added drama - he did it for the nervous laughter.
November 22, 2011 |
***1/2 (out of four) “Life's a happy song, when there's someone by my side to sing along.” That heartwarming chorus has been replaying in my head since I saw “The Muppets,” whose magic doesn't fade either. Star/co-writer Jason Segel has bottled joy and turned it into a movie, wrapping his arms around both Muppet memories and the beloved characters themselves. He dares to tell them that even in a cynical, ironic, disconnected world, “There is always a place for you here.” How nice it feels to be back in the land of simple pleasures, where (puppet)
April 23, 2012 |
Four months after actor Jason Segel launched Amy Bergseth to internet stardom, the subject of the most famous brick in all of Wrigleyville remains "still single. " Which begs the question--given the fact that the Cubs are going to be awful for the forseeable future, who is going to get a ring first--Bergseth or her beloved Cubbies? "In the near future, I would say the Cubs," Bergseth said. "I think the new management they put in place is huge and I would not be surprised if it happened in the next five years.
April 26, 2012 |
*** (out of four) Fear not, fans of Jason Segel's proudly non-muscular flesh. His full-frontal scene may have been cut from “The Five-Year Engagement,” but a few shots of his backside remain. Eat your heart out, Clooney. As in the other romantic comedy he wrote, “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” Segel (who penned “Engagement” with director Nicholas Stoller) fills the movie with vulnerability that's hard not to love. He's cinema's leading everyman, who can instill goofy, unselfconscious poise to a man dressed as “Super...
December 19, 2012 |
**** (out of four) “Forty can suck my [bleep]” -- Debbie (Leslie Mann) in “This is 40.” Writer-director Judd Apatow (“The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Funny People”) may always be a softie, but his latest film keeps no knives in the block. This wise, hilarious examination of marriage and family maintains faith in people without going easy on them. It never backs away from truth to get a laugh. If anything, raw anger and loneliness underscore many of the funniest lines.
June 6, 2013 |
** (out of four) Even without James Franco and Danny McBride threatening to ejaculate all over each other, “This is the End” would be an aggressive, misguided demonstration of self-love. A comedy in which Franco, McBride, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson and more familiar faces play themselves confronting the apocalypse didn't inherently have to be a Hollywood ego-fest. In brief moments, the film (co-directed and co-written by Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the scribes behind the awesome “Superbad” and hilarious...