Seth Rogen has been successfully producing his brand of comedy for a decade and a half now. He is best known for stoner comedies, sex jokes, and his recognizable laugh but has also helped produce some impactful films over the years. From upsetting world leaders to scarring children who expected a family animation, his films have always caused a stir with audiences.
With Rogen’s 38th birthday coming up tomorrow, now seems a great opportunity to look over the films he has helped produce. Before getting into the top 10 films Rogen has produced, let’s look at a few honorable mentions. “The Interview”, “Good Boys” and “Sausage Party” have all had varying degrees of impact on the industry. He has also helped produce some quality TV content this last decade. The likes of “Preacher” and “The Boys” take darker looks at the superhero genre successfully. However, the focus on these Top 10 will be the movies he has produced. Let’s get rolling.
“The 40-Year-Old Virgin” (2005)
dir: Judd Apatow
“The 40-Year-Old Virgin” helped to bring a whole host of new comedy talent away from television and on to the big screen. Judd Apatow might be known by cinephiles now but it was this film that he first made a mark on the big screen. With a supporting role opposite Steve Carrell’s socially inept lead, Rogen saw his first producing credit become a box office and critical hit. The supporting cast is full of incredible comedic talent as well and helped grow Rogen’s star power.
“The Disaster Artist” (2017)
dir: James Franco
Based on the making of “The Room” and it’s colorful cast, “The Disaster Artist” sees director James Franco takes on the role of Tommy Wiseau. Tommy’s erratic behavior, awful script and terrible direction helped create perhaps the worst movie of all time. However, it also helped birth endless laughs for late-night audiences and created a cult following that few other films have matched. While the film looked set to earn awards nominations, allegations against James Franco derailed its chances. Some of this film’s greatest moments are the recreated scenes from “The Room” which sees the likes of Zac Efron and Josh Hutcherson taking starring roles.
“Pineapple Express” (2008)
dir: David Gordon Green
When you first mention Rogen’s name, “Pineapple Express” is likely the first film that comes to mind. A fast-paced comedy that sees two stoners caught up in a murder plot and a drug war. Paired up once again with long time friend and collaborator James Franco, Rogen is at his schlubby best here. A satisfying watch throughout and a sign of some of the incredible work that Rogen would have ahead of him. A sequel has often been spoken about but never occurred. During the Sony email hacks, it was revealed that financial differences stopped a second movie releasing at the time. Who knows, maybe we will still see Dale, Saul, and Red again in the future.
“This Is the End” (2013)
dir: Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg
‘The Frat Pack’ came together in this satirical comedy about the apocalypse. The likes of Channing Tatum, Michael Cera, and even Rihanna came along for the end of times. The usual antics ensue with weed, booze, and violence all by the bucket load. Playing hyper-real versions of themselves leads to great jokes at the expense of “Pineapple Express”, Cera’s meek onscreen demeanor and Franco’s performance in “Spider-Man 3”. Furthermore, a Backstreet Boys cameo in the finale really tops off a great, laugh-filled film.
“Long Shot” (2019)
dir: Jonathan Levine
Taking on the role as a romantic lead, Rogen is on terrific form, collaborating again with director Jonathan Levine. Playing a journalist who is hired to write speeches for a potential presidential candidate, we are treated to Rogen like we so have rarely seen him before. Teamed up with Charlize Theron, the pair make a great on-screen couple. Pairing Rogen’s laid back persona with the incredible star power of Theron was genius and proved to be a perfect combo. The odd couple pairing is a classic comedy movie but works perfectly in this case.
dir: Nicholas Stoller
“Neighbors” proved to be a surprise success and a heart-warming comedy when it hit in 2014. After a fraternity moves next door in their quiet neighborhood, Rogen and his wife Rose Byrne attempt to get them evicted. While the jokes about drugs, sex and drinking are all expected, it’s the look at how frat culture takes its toll on young men and how they view the world that helps the movie to shine. Up against a top form Zac Efron, this proved to be a special battle. The sequel which takes on sorority sisters was just as fun but the original holds a special charm.
dir: Jonathan Levine
Jokes about cancer are tough to make. A comedy about cancer might thus seem impossible. However, “50/50” achieves that with some incredible charm and sincerity. With a recent diagnosis that leaves his chance of survival at 50/50, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is trying to come to terms with it all. With Rogen by has his best friend and biggest supporter through his treatment. It covers a lot of dark topics but does so with the right intentions.
“Funny People” (2009)
dir: Judd Apatow
Another Seth Rogen film dealing with cancer, but this time featuring Adam Sandler as the unlucky recipient. “Funny People” is a real deep look by Sandler and director Apatow which takes a look at some personal feelings. Apatow originally wanted to write a film about a comedian mentoring a newbie based around his own experiences and it was clear it was worth exploring. The film feels honest on a new level for all involved and it’s refreshing to see.
dir: Greg Mottola
Often touted as one of the best high school films of the 21st century, “Superbad” didn’t just help push Rogen as a great writer. This film also helped introduce a whole new generation of comedy stars that have since taken over Hollywood. Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Emma Stone all saw their stardom rocket after this film helped make them household names. With iconic characters such as McLovin and having Rogen in a supporting role as a fun-loving cop, “Superbad” will remain as an r-rated comedy to revisit throughout the years.
dir: Kay Cannon
Director Kay Cannon on her debut feature film achieved something quite spectacular. Like films Rogen has produced before, it features the sex and drugs laughs always found in his work. However, by bringing a fresh voice in Cannon, they tap into something unique and personal here. Looking at the experience of three teenage girls and their sex fearing parents we see a fresh spin on the genre that has long been dominated by men. If this is the future of teen sex comedies then I will happily put my money down for a ticket now.