Sorta-Mini Reviews-The Promotion, Step Brothers, Superbad, and The Pineapple Express

June 23, 2009 at 7:43 pm (Movies)



Okay so once again my DVR has been filled to the brim with a lot of great movies, this time more of a comedy round up of stuff I haven’t got the chance to see. Actually two of them were rented, the other two I finally got the chance to see. I can’t say I was disappointed, in fact each of these are totally worth any comedy fan’s time. 

THE PROMOTION-This is kind of the more mild out of the bunch, but still pretty funny. In this one John C. Reily and Sean William Scott go head to head as two different employees shooting for the manager position of a new manager position. There are some really funny moments with Reilly, and the whole supermarket setting is funny, even though it is a little morbid at times. Overall it’s well worth a rent, not a buy though. The main thing I didn’t like was the kind of cliche the movie falls into in that it’s a little predictable in the Ben Stiller style of everything falling apart for Sean William Scott. 4 out of 5

SUPERBAD-This is the first of the Judd Apatow bunch, and to be honest, it was my least favorite. Jonah Hill and Micheal Cera team up in this one to score some beer for one of their first parties, and hopefully end up getting some action from their high school crushes. The thing really does have a nice charm to it, almost a Ferris Bueller quality, except way more vulgar. There are some really great quotes in this one, and Seth Rogen does an incredibly funny job as the incredibly inept police chief that isn’t that great or well-suited for his job. Although it usually doesn’t bother me, the use of the f bomb in this one just eventually began to wear down my nerves to the point that the use of it just wasn’t that funny. Definitely a must-see teen comedy, very raunchy, very funny, just a little too vulgar and over-played to hold it back from true greatness.-4 out of 5

STEP BROTHERS- The next to best in the lineup, John C. Reilly returns to star opposite side Will Ferrel in this comedy about two forty year old losers that come together as, you guessed it, step brothers when their parents marry. This is a comedy dream, as no stone is left un-turned by the duo as they pretty much just ruin everyone’s lives around them. There are a variety of hilarious situations, none of them feel tacked on or lazy. Both of these guys are at their prime to make a movie that’s vulgar, but sure is as funny as everyone told me it would be. This could even be considered a near-comedy classic of our time. There are some for sure laugh-out-loud moments that I am still laughing out loud to. The only problem I might have is that the movie isn’t as re-watchable as I’d like, and sometimes I wished there were even more joke scenes between the two comedy titans. So definitely go check this one out if by some chance you haven’t already.  4 1/2 out of 5

THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS-This one blew me away. I expected a funny movie, I got a hilarious movie. Seth Rogen and James Franco are a comedic force to be reckoned with in this stoner comedy that was one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a while. Dale Denton witnesses a corrupt cop murder, and is thrown into a conspiracy that all was centered around marijuana, more specifically, a special brand called “Pineapple Express”. For the entire movie Dave a.k.a. Seth Rogen (a Civil Server (Like, a butler or something?)) and his pot dealer Saul a.k.a. James Franco are on the run from corrupt cops in a laugh fest filled with surprisingly realistic violence and gore, all packed with comedic punch and flavor. Franco is unbelievable funny as the all-nonsense dealer Saul who’s ramblings don’t make sense through half the movie. Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, and Bill Hader even show up for the ride. It’s a dark comedy, but it’s one you’ll want to revisit for a while. There’s non stop violence, non stop laughs, pro or against marijuana, you need to see this movie. This is now one of my new favorite movies and comedies of all time. I guess you could say it’s a joint of comedy! 5 out of 5


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