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Review: The Guilt Trip

Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand make a snappy comic duo in this road movie about a tetchy mother-son relationship.

By BETSY SHERMAN  |  December 21, 2012

Review: Take This Waltz

Margot (Michelle Williams), who makes ends meet grinding out PR pamphlets, wants to be happy with her husband Lou (Seth Rogen), a cookbook writer. However, like many Seth Rogen characters, Lou's more a grab-assing buddy than a lover.
People, not clichés
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 06, 2012
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Review: Restless

Gus Van Sant's Restless follows a similar template to Jonathan Levin's 50/50 , with more precious results.
Death-obsessed teens in love
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 30, 2011
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Review: 50/50

In 50/50 , Jonathan Levine, whose The Wackness (2008) showed a talent for sardonic comedy, makes a halfhearted attempt to raise Will Reiser's script (partly autobiographical) above clever stereotype.
An edgy concept, and a fine cast
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 30, 2011


Women get a fair shake on screen from the American directors Alexander Payne, in "The Descendants," and Whit Stillman, in "Damsels in Distress." But to...
By Peter Keough  |  September 13, 2011

Review: The Green Hornet

If The Green Hornet were a car, it would be less like the lethally loaded '65 black Chrysler Imperial driven by the film's heroes and more like the homonymous shitbox discontinued by Dodge in 1987.
Seth, where is thy sting?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 14, 2011


Winter film preview: Freeze frames

So, it's time for Another Year , meaning not just 2011 but also the latest film from Happy-Go-Lucky director Mike Leigh, a traipse through four seasons in the lives of ordinary people, exploring their small joys and tragedies. Kind of like Blue Vale
The movies chill out to start the year
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 31, 2010

Wicked Funny

Judd Apatow pulls no punchlines
Judd Apatow pulls no punchlines
By LANCE GOULD  |  July 31, 2009

Interview: Judd Apatow

Behind every successful comedian, there's . . . a personal assistant. Who, given how egomaniacal and utterly misanthropic the funnyman in question is, is probably his best friend, too.
On the making of his Citizen Kane
By LANCE GOULD  |  July 31, 2009

Boys' life

The premise for HBO's new half-hour comedy Hung (Sundays at 10 pm) is so over-the-top as to be cringe-worthy: high school basketball coach Ray Drecker (Thomas Jane), divorced and broke, starts whoring himself to ladies on the basis of his giant schlong.
Hung and Entourage measure success
By JON GARELICK  |  July 17, 2009

Good dirt

"Part of the mystery, when you find a love letter that was torn into bits: was it torn up by the person who received it, or did the person that wrote it tear it up before they even gave it to them?"
Davy Rothbart's lost-and-Found
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 08, 2009


Review: Observe and Report

Jody Hill's ambiguous and unsettling film is a comedy about law enforcement in much the same way that Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy is a comedy about comedy.
Seth Rogen calls security
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 10, 2009

Observe and distort

Great filmmaker though he is, Martin Scorsese isn't the first name that comes to mind when you think about comedy genius. But Jody Hill, traces his inspiration in part back to his first viewing of Taxi Driver .
Jody Hill on the King of Comedy and Seth Rogen
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 10, 2009

Judd Apatow and Friends

Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen, and Jonah Hill are questionable enough to begin with on their physical merits, but they make our list mainly because we're completely sick of getting inundated with their advertisements. Apatow gets bonus Unsexy points for the ri
Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen, and Jonah Hill are questionable enough to begin with on their physical merits, but they make our list mainly because we're completely sick of getting inundated with their advertisements. Apatow gets bonus Unsexy points for the right-wing current bubbling beneath his films; and while James Franco, Paul Rudd, and Jason Segel seem like great dudes, they're unsexy by association.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009

Review: Monsters Vs. Aliens

Susan Murphy (voice of Reese Witherspoon) has it all: she's about to marry the love of her life and jet off to Paris.
A force to be reckoned with
By TOM MEEK  |  March 24, 2009

Hope springs infernal

Given the current economic climate, spring this year is a season more of dread than of hope for change.
Brimstone and buddy movies are on the Hollywood agenda
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 12, 2009


The Year of the Nerd

Barack Obama is many things. Dedicated senator. Devoted husband and father. Adept orator. President-elect. Nerd.
Screw the jocks and prom queens — in 2008, geeks took control of entertainment, pro sports . . . even the White House
By RYAN STEWART  |  December 23, 2008

Year in Film: Risky business

Every year the studios hold back their best until the end of the year, but this year they let us down.
Films whose aspirations are more than Academic
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 22, 2008

Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Kevin Smith’s ear for raunch is as piquant as ever, but he’s moved beyond his usual unconvincing leads to Judd Apatow regulars Rogen and Craig Robinson.  
Full of raunch and snappy dialogue
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 28, 2008

Autumn peeves

With pundits already reading political significance into summer blockbusters like The Dark Knight (“Is Batman a stand-in for George Bush? Discuss.”), the meatier movies of fall arrive not a moment too soon.
Films with a full agenda
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 08, 2008

Smoke screens

What does it say about America that marijuana movies are a hot genre right now, perhaps hotter even than in the heyday of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong’s 1978 Up in Smoke ?
Does a surge of stoner movies mean America is going to pot?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 13, 2008


Pot luck

Pineapple Express is the movie Knocked Up might have been had it not copped out.
No guilt trips in Pineapple Express
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 05, 2008

Drillbit Taylor

Early on in this Owen Wilson vehicle, someone says, “I got an old saying for you: you can’t polish a turd.” Indeed.
Leftovers from the '80s
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 19, 2008

Wise asses

With all the star power being trotted out in this summer’s would-be blockbuster comedies, how likely was it that the best would be Superbad ?
Some words with the class clowns of Superbad
By CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  September 19, 2007

Comic relief

I know it hasn’t escaped you how terrible comedies have gotten.
Superbad  respects teens and comedy
By CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  September 05, 2007

Mother of convention

Having laughed more at The 40-Year-Old Virgin than at any other film in 2005, I expected much the same from Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up .
Women get screwed in Knocked Up
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 30, 2007


The girls of summer

It’s summer, so no one’s surprised at the onslaught of sequels, adaptations, or even movies based on toys. But films with Oscar-caliber women’s roles?
The season for blockbusters, sequels, and . . . great roles for women?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 18, 2007

Heat of the moment

There's a reason comedies are rarely over 110 minutes, and Virgin is a good example.
The 40-Year-Old Virgin plays with itself too much
By RYAN STEWART  |  January 19, 2006