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Monday Movies: Apatow is the new Dobson

Seth Rogen’s line “We make extremely right-wing movies with extremely filthy dialogue” is funny — but I bet that this morning he really, really wishes he hadn’t said it.

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August 10, 2009 - Posted by | Monday Movies

8 Comments

  1. It’s funny, when Freaks and Geeks was on the air Rogen and Jason Segel used to co-host the Workmen’s Circle dinners (for those unfamiliar, old left-liberal-to-full-on-Communist Jews) in Los Angeles.

    Comment by k-sky | August 10, 2009

  2. We watched “Pineapple Express” the other night. Seth Rogen is to funny what Jason Statham is to awesome. Best part of the movie: the “romantic comedy/relationship” story was left completely behind. If Jason Statham had a sidekick, then the equivalent would be James Franco. He’s completely redeemed himself after the “Spiderman” movies. Craig Robinson is also a very funny man. And James Remar (c.f., the role of Meier in BSG) is much better when he’s not Dexter’s dad.

    While Ross Douthat is the point of departure for this point, I didn’t notice any especially conservative overtones in this particular film. Express, perhaps, the government conspiracy to suppress and illegalize pot (c.f., the opening scene with the almost Seth Rogen funny Bill Hader and the aforementioned James Remar).

    Comment by Craig | August 10, 2009

  3. Seth Rogen is to funny what Jason Statham is to awesome.

    Does that mean that they both have, or lack, the qualities in question?

    Comment by ben | August 10, 2009

  4. Does that mean that they both have, or lack, the qualities in question?

    Yes.

    Hasn’t the right-wing streak in Apatow’s movies been pretty obvious for a while now?

    Comment by stras | August 11, 2009

  5. And what, stras, does that, in turn, mean?

    Comment by ben | August 11, 2009

  6. I’d say that the traditional or conservative streak with regard to family structures has been pretty clear, but I don’t think you really find much “right-wing” outside of that.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | August 11, 2009

  7. It’s pretty ambitious to claim the entire territory of romantic committment for conservatism. As a liberal I protest. Let’s let evil CEOs and their trophy younger wives represent conservatism.

    Comment by PGD | August 12, 2009

  8. I’d argue that the Apatow canon is not merely conservative in its pro-traditional-family-structures POV, but in its raging, raging misogyny.

    Comment by stras | August 12, 2009


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