From the instant classic high school comedy Very bad put them on the map and the subsequent release of an action packed picture of friends Quick pineapple They proved they weren’t one-trick ponies, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have been two of the most prolific and sought-after screenwriters in Hollywood. They have gone on to produce streaming shows like Boys and InvincibleBut Rogen and Goldberg haven’t lost sight of their roots on the big screen.
Not all of his films have been as good as Very bad and Quick pineapple, but many of their scripts, including the ones they ran themselves, have impressive IMDb scores.
9 Taylor Drill (5.7)
The script of Taylor Drill was written by Rogen, in his sole writing endeavor without the contributions of Goldberg, and Kristofor Brown, based on a story by John Hughes, the legendary director of Ferris Bueller day off and Planes, trains and automobiles. Owen Wilson plays a bodyguard who is hired by three boys to protect them from bullies.
As the film’s lackluster IMDb rating would suggest, the execution doesn’t match the grandeur of its premise. But a typically charming performance by Wilson as the main character makes him at least conspicuous.
8 The clock (5.7)
Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade star The watch as a gang of bored suburban men who form a neighborhood watch to escape the mundanity of their lives and unknowingly run into an alien invasion hailing from the local Costco.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The watch was initially conceived as a PG-13 vehicle in the line of Ghostbusters. When it was recast as an R-rated raunchy affair, Rogen and Goldberg jumped into the project to inject a healthy dose of profanity and sexual references.
7 Neighbors 2: Sorority Rise (5.7)
After Mac and Kelly successfully overthrew a fraternity that moved in alongside them in the first Neighbors movie, the second sees a sorority moving into the same house. It could have turned out as a rerun of the original, but Brotherhood increase adds a unique twist as the pair reluctantly bond with Zac Efron’s frat boy Teddy, the villain of the former.
After they resisted the temptation to write sequels to Very bad and Quick pineapple, Neighbors 2 it marked the first time that Rogen and Goldberg wrote a sequel to one of their films.
6 The Green Hornet (5.8)
Despite its critical panning, Rogen and Goldberg’s film version of The green Hornet is a fun superhero adventure conveyed by Rogen’s palpable on-screen chemistry with Jay Chou, who takes on the iconic role of Bruce Lee as Kato.
Very staunch Green Hornet Fans were upset that Rogen and Goldberg adapted the property as a straightforward comedy, but their script has a good balance of action and humor, and director Michel Gondry brings some stunning visuals to the proceedings.
5 Sausage Party (6.1)
Rogen and Goldberg brought their particular style of daring tough-R humor into the typically kid-friendly realm of computer animation in 2016. Sausage party is a hysterical riff on Pixar’s premises about anthropomorphized objects in which food products in a grocery store discover that their final destination is to be eaten alive by giants.
Besides all the jokes about sausages that resemble penises, Sausage partyThe story of the foods who learn that they worship a false god and that their faith in “The Great Beyond” is unfounded is a brilliant satire of religion.
4 The interview (6.5)
Rogen and Goldberg’s second directing effort after This is the end, The interview, stars Rogen as a tabloid television producer and James Franco as a late-night celebrity interviewer who is invited to North Korea to interview Kim Jong-un. When the CIA finds out, they commission him to assassinate the infamous dictator.
This film has the distinction of being the only film in Rogen and Goldberg’s filmography that caused a geopolitical crisis that nearly led to World War III. Despite the controversy it caused, The interview it actually has a lot more scatological jokes and rude puns than scathing political satire.
3 This is the end (6.6)
After observing the work of directors like Michel Gondry and David Gordon Green bringing their scripts to life over the years, Rogen and Goldberg finally tried directing in 2013 with the apocalyptic comedy. This is the end.
With all the actors from Rogen and Goldberg’s usual company (Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, etc.) playing satirical riffs on themselves, This is the end It’s a must-see for self-conscious comedy fans.
2 Pineapple Express (6.9)
Almost all of Seth Rogen’s films deal with marijuana in some way, but his most overtly marijuana-oriented effort is Quick pineapple, in which he plays a trial server on the run with his marijuana dealer after witnessing a drug dealer commit murder.
After the great success of Very bad, Quick pineapple It showed that it wasn’t unique and that Rogen and Goldberg were a writing team to be reckoned with.
1 Superb (7.6)
The modern comedy classic that put Rogen and Goldberg on the map, Very bad is a coming-of-age gem about two high school students, aptly named Seth and Evan, trying to get booze for a big party. It is set up as a typical american foot Riff About Sex-Obsessed Teens Trying To Lose Their Virginity But Very bad it’s really about Seth and Evan’s separation anxiety as they prepare to go to different colleges.
According to The Guardian, Rogen and Goldberg began to write Very bad when they were 13, which explains why teenage angst sounds so real. Very bad it was the script that launched Rogen and Goldberg’s writing careers and, having been honed for more than a decade, it remains their strongest script to date.