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 “Pineapple Express”)
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.
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.
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 Bunny”--a giant pink...
April 26, 2012 |
The on-screen ladies might be hoppin' for "Five-Year Engagement" star Jason Segel, but it hasn't really been the case in real life. How do we know? He's been vocal about it -- very, very vocal. Check out our timeline of some of Segel's best quotes on his love life, up to his new romance with Michelle Williams. Warning: They may make you want to be his best friend -- or lovah. April 2009 "I just like people, if that makes any sense. If I meet a dude at a bar, I love just talking to the dude about his life or whatever.
April 25, 2012 |
Everyone's had that moment - maybe a bus drove past and splashed you, or a fetching stranger picked up a receipt you dropped at Starbucks - when you say to yourself, “This feels just like a romantic comedy. If this were a movie, something incredible would come out of this.” Unfortunately, it's rare these days that you watch a romantic comedy and say, “Wow, this really reminds me of real life.” They don't. More often the stories and the human behavior remind you of sitcoms, which usually remind you of what the world would be like if every conflict was as juvenile and...