BY ASHLEY KOWALEWSKI
The core concept: Seth Rogen is Britt Reid: Lazy playboy who squanders his time and his father’s money until his dad suddenly passes away. With the help of his sidekick Kato (Jay Chou), Reid becomes the Green Hornet and the two set out to become a crime-fighting duo while saving his late father’s newspaper. Along the way they encounter crime lord Chudnofsky (played by the lust-worthy Christoph Waltz), who Reid finds out his father was trying to expose, though never had the chance due to his untimely death. Oh and Reid hires Lenore Case (Cameron Diaz) as his secretary/journalist/future love interest.
How it leads to The End: Yeesh, I’m not really sure. This seems like one of those flicks that they probably don’t brag about too much. Especially considering this wasn’t Rogen’s first writing or producing project (though I do give him kudos for going for it anyway), I was a little disappointed. Apart from the fact that this doesn’t really follow the normal Franco-Segal-Rogen-Hill-clan formula, Rogen just doesn’t strike me as a superhero. I think Rogen is much better suited to roles like the ones he played in Superbad or Knocked Up, though if you’re looking for a flick that shows good cars, a silly Rogen and some kung fu (not to mention some shots of really yummy looking cups of coffee), this is your flick.
Memorable scene: Seth Rogen rapping Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise”. Love. It.
Survival kit status: To be honest, I probably wouldn’t save this flick. I have a total crush on Seth Rogen, but this movie was just silly and not as good as I’d hoped. Okay, maybe I’ll consider saving it, but only because Christoph Waltz is in it. Swoon.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9UXHTNPA6U]