While you probably know him best for being one of the most popular stoners in pop culture, Seth Rogen has become one of the biggest actor/producers in Hollywood. Not surprisingly, a lot of the movies he’s helped get made, whether he starred in them or not, are chock-full of humor that is perfect for both stoners and anyone who just likes to laugh. Rogen’s cultural impact has been huge, and it comes from relatively humble Canadian beginnings.
Movies with Seth Rogen have tended to do well, even if there are a few more forgettable titles mixed in as well. And, whenever he’s done something a bit more dramatic, he’s pulled that off as well. Wherever you try to slot Rogen, he usually fits, which is why this list of Seth Rogen movies is pretty diverse. Don’t get us wrong, there’s plenty of comedy here too. Rogen’s made plenty of great ones, and some of them made the cut for this list.
In one of his more dramatic roles, Take This Waltz follows Margot (Michelle Williams), a woman in her 30s who is happily married to a goofball named Lou (Seth Rogen) but starts to envision a new life when she falls in love with their passionate and artistic neighbor. Take This Waltz goes into some very real territory about relationships and their stagnant periods, detailing what it means to feel an urge to escape, but ultimately warns against it. Rogen’s character is, at first, just the silly guy you might expect him to play, but he proves to be a more weighty dramatic actor than you might expect by the movie’s end.
In his second big writing and starring hit after Superbad, Pineapple Express established a new era of stoner comedies. Following a process server named Dale Denton (Seth Rogen) who witnesses his next “client” brutally murder somebody in his home. When it turns out that “client” (Gary Cole) is actually the top dog of the local underground marijuana industry, Dale and his regular dealer (James Franco) have to get lost for fear of retribution. Full of quotable one-liners and unforgettable comedy moments, this legendary stoner flick might be the closest thing to Up in Smoke for a younger generation.
The most recent movie on this list ends up being one of the very best of Seth Rogen’s career, and his most successful voice acting performance ever. Nintendo’s characters are some of the most treasured in video game history; therefore there is a lot of opportunity to mess them up. The fact that Rogen lends his voice to Donkey Kong and has us leave the theater with a positive memory of his turn as the tie-wearing ape is a wonderful compliment.
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