At this point in the game, it would be reasonably understandable that Seth Rogen fans are becoming fewer and further between. Many see the guy as pretty one-note nowadays, being the raunchy, random stoner. I'm still a fan, myself, but I can see where people are coming from nonetheless. Well guys, this movie might be just for you.
Director Jonathan Levine returns, offering his delightful blend of heart-felt drama and adult comedy. You may also be familiar with '50/50' and 'The Night Before', which also feature Seth Rogen. He also did 'The Wackness' and 'Warm Bodies', all of which were received pretty well due to this blend. There's something very outlandish but very heartfelt and human to his direction. I'm a fan, personally.
Anyway, onto the plot. U.S. Secretary of State, Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron) learns that President Chambers (Bob Odenkirk) won't be running for a second term. She soon convinces him to endorse her as a potential presidential candidate. A big deal, being in the running as first female president as well.
Meanwhile, journalist Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) is working for a newspaper that has been bought by Parker Wembly (Andy Serkis), a media mogul with differing ethics to Fred's. Because of this, Fred quits immediately, but soon finds himself depressed and constantly on the search for a new job.
In an attempt to cheer Fred up, his best friend, Lance (O'Shea Jackson Jr.), takes him to a charity fundraising event. Charlotte is also there, and there's a moment of them recognizing each other due to her being his babysitter when he was 13 and she was 16 (weird, but okay). Long story short, she hires him to be her speech writer, due to liking his sense of humor. From there, it plays out as your average slightly raunchier romantic comedy.
This is still very much Seth Rogen being Seth Rogen, but here we see much more of a charming and human side of him than that typecast stoner I mentioned before... although that's here too, it's just not as in your face. This plays his character a lot closer to something like his role in '50/50'. But if I'm honest, Seth wasn't even the funniest part of the film. He was definitely the comedic relief, but Charlize Theron had some pretty out-there moments that certainly warranted a good laugh. I guess they were just less expected, whereas with Seth, you know he's there to be the funny guy.
I've also gotta give it up to June Diane Raphael who plays Maggie Millikin, Charlotte's manager. More than anything, she's here to play the contrast to Seth Rogen's humor. Seth's the kinda goofy guy off the street whereas Maggie's the straight-laced character who has her back-and-forths with him. It's all pretty funny, and it doesn't turn into the annoying bickering acts you might see in movies like 'Temple of Doom' or 'National Treasure 2'.
If you happen to be a couple who are fans of Seth Rogen and/or Chrlize Theron, I'd highly recommend checking this one out as a date movie. If you aren't fans, just keep in mind that this is the lighter side of things - still a bit raunchy, but in the most charming way possible (if that makes any sense). I enjoyed it, and would say that it's Seth Rogen's answer to Adam Sandler's '50 First Dates' or 'The Wedding Singer'. Not perfect by any means, but good laughs and lots of charm make it something to appreciate.