BY MICHELLE MEDFORD
DATE RELEASED: June 1, 2007
DATE WATCHED: December 19, 2012
WHY NOW? I decided I needed to see this after the This is 40 trailer came out. I felt sort of bad for not watching it. It had great reviews (from critics and some fans), it’s written by Judd Apatow and it stars some of my favourite comedians. Why wouldn’t I watch it, really?
WHY NOT THEN? I hadn’t realized that I was a Seth Rogen fans yet. Actually, most people probably hadn’t since it was pre-Superbad, Pineapple Express, 50/50 and every other amazing movie he’s in or has written (though he didn’t write this one). True, it was post-Freaks and Geeks, but I hadn’t get realized I was a fan of that either… Don’t hurt me!
- I thought I expected a hilarious but strangely sweet movie, though I’ve been getting some mixed reviews from friends and fams. I expected it to be either overwhelmingly great or underwhelmingly mediocre.
- Most laughs from Seth Rogen deliveries. And hopefully also Jonah Hill, who I’m an even bigger fan of.
- An average performance from Katherine Heigl. I can’t say I love her, but I can’t say I dislike her (but I can say I love 27 Dresses!).
- Not much else really. I was scared to expect anything that might make or break the film before seeing it.
WHAT I ACTUALLY GOT…
- Great intro with our favourite guys (and some of Apatow’s main male muses) acting gross: Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill and Martin Starr. Plus, it’s set to “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” by ODB! Consider me sold at this point.
- Bah, a Ryan Seacrest scene. I get it, he’s being hyperbolic and contrasting his on-air personality, but it’s still Ryan Seacrest in far too much film time.
- KRISTEN WIIG! And Bill Hader. But in far too small roles.
- Great lines like “If any of us get laid tonight, it’s because of Eric Bana in Munich.” and “You look like Babe Ruth’s gay brother, Gabe Ruth.”
- I love how all the guys have their actual first names, except Seth who is Ben.
- They said Lost. Actually, they said “Matthew Fox from Lost,” but any Lost reference wins a point with me.
- Canadians proud to be Canadians. And a Cirque du Soleil scene, which is also Canadian and always amazing.
- Paul Rudd is hilarious as a sarcastic, jaded and cynical married guy.
- I can no longer confidently say that I am a bigger Jonah Hill fan than I am a Seth Rogen fan.
- Ken Jeong, B. J. Novak and Mo Collins as the three worst doctors ever.
- I actually laughed to tears during the dinner scene with the DeLorean conversation.
- More cameos than I can recall to count.
- A great soundtrack that’s danceable when it needs to be and touching with a Bright Eyes song when things get rough.
- Community‘s Chang (Ken Jeong) and Parks and Rec‘s Ben (Adam Scott) deliver the baby. Enough said.
- Surprisingly, I laughed at Katherine Heigl’s jokes.
ONE NIGHT-IN STAND OR SECOND DATE POTENTIAL?
I started watching this movie just after 1 a.m. and I told myself I would just watch half and watch the rest later but I stayed up until nearly 4 watching it through. This movie makes it to the second date, third date, baby and all.