PEOPLE: Produced by comedy movie mastermind Judd Apatow, but written & directed by Nicholas Stoller (director of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, writer for Yes Man, 3 eps of Undeclared). Co-written by Jason Segel (writer of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Eric from Undeclared, Jason from Knocked Up, Mike from SLC Punk!, Sydney from I Love You,Man).
Starring Jonah Hill (who seems to be all over the place now–Funny People, The Invention Of Lying, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Walk Hard, Superbad, Knocked Up, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Grandma’s Boy, Click, I Heart Huckabees) and Russell Brand (reprising his Aldous Snow character from Forgetting Sarah Marshall; he was also in St. Trinian’s 1). Russell’s rockstar ex-girlfriend is played by Rose Byrne (Troy, Dorme from Star Wars:Attack Of The Clones, Cassie from Sushine, Scarlet from 28 Weeks Later). Jonah’s girlfriend was played by Elisabeth Moss (who was in the awful Anywhere But Here that we saw in the plane on our honeymoon, and is in that show Mad Men everyone keeps talking about).
Hell, even P. Diddy / Puff Daddy / Sean Combs / whateverthefuckhe’scallinghimselfthesedays is funny as the big record company boss.
Also with a small part by Lars Ulrich (Metallica) and many other famous celebrities involved in the music industry (Kurt Loder, Christina Aguilera, etc). Other notable people show up too, like Aziz Ansari. And Kristen Bell is in it for 5 seconds–as Sarah Marshall! Lots of people are credited as “themselves”, as this movie is about celebrity attention and as such uses a lot of real media people in it, albeit briefly.
And of course, a scene with Carla Gallo — Lizzie from Undeclared! Took us a minute to recognize her all “stripper-ized” and crazy. She keeps getting all these really small roles in really good comedy movies (I Love You,Man, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Superbad, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Funny People). They need to give her bigger roles!
PLOT SUMMARY: Fanboy gets to accompany out-of-control has-been rock star to reunion show.
UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers]→ Jonah Hill gets ass-raped multiple times, pukes a lot.
QUIRKS: Sex. Drugs. Rock N’ Roll. This has it all!
Some hilarious drug humor!
SOUNDTRACK: Yeah… Don’t go into this thinking the songs are going to be great. Russell Brand is not a great singer. It’s a shame they had to use original music for this movie, but it makes sense, because he’s a fictitious rock star and not a real one. Unfortunately, made-for-a-movie songs just aren’t as good as actual classics. There’s also a lot of REAL songs used in the soundtrack — even good songs, like Sex Pistols‘s Anarchy In The UK — but they’re barely prominent.
MORALS: There’s one buried deeply amongst the drug-fueled adventure. I guess they have to put something of redeeming value in there, to make it more profound… There is a slight romance angle related to this. Fortunately, it’s NOT the primary part of this movie. This is NOT a romantic comedy, it’s a straight-up comedy.
GOOD STUFF: Frickin’ hilarious!
BAD STUFF: The most times I’ve ever seen a character vomit in a movie.
The ending ended up trying to be more dramatic and profound, so it lost a few pionts there.
Also: INCREDIBLY BAD TITLE. I passed this up several times before checking it out, simply because the title and summary sounded really bad.
CONCLUSION: Don’t let the WORST. TITLE. EVER. fool you — this movie is full of laughs, sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll.
Clint: Netflix: 4.6/5 stars (low 5 stars). IMDB: 8/10. But upon re-watching the movie a couple years later, Clint upgraded it to 9/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 5/5 stars. IMDB: 9.6/10 (a 10! but a low 10). “I went in thinking it was a college fraternity comedy… boy was I wrong, and pleasantly surprised. When it started with the music video, I was just like “WTF is going on?” And then it all went uphill from there. It was only 9 out of 10 until the jeffrey party scene. That scene was the best! Non-stop awesomeness. It earns .6 points from just that scene.”
RECOMMENDATION: See it! Don’t let the bad title stop you!
“When the world slips you a Jeffrey, stroke the furry wall.”
“If he tells you to stick the drugs in your ass, you stick them in your ass.”
“What you did was very spiteful, but it was also very brave and very honest and I respect you for doing that. But the content of what you said has made me hate you. So there’s a layer of respect, admittedly, for your truthfulness, but it’s peppered with hate. Hateful respect.”
Music: Atari Teenage Riot – P.R.E.S.S.
Mood: rioted out!