Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have become two of Hollywood’s most successful screenwriters since their debut with the instant blockbuster Superbad.
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have become two of Hollywood’s most prolific and sought-after screenwriters since their breakout success with the high school comedy Superbad and the follow-up release of the action-packed buddy film Pineapple Express. Rogen and Goldberg have branched out into producing streaming shows like The Boys and Invincible, but they haven’t forgotten their beginnings as big-screen actors and producers..
Superbad and Pineapple Express are two of their best films, although many of their scripts – even those they directed themselves – get high ratings on IMDb.
1. Drillbit Taylor (5.7)
Kristofor Brown and Rogen wrote the script for Drillbit Taylor, which is Rogen’s lone scripting effort without Goldberg’s involvement. The story is based on a John Hughes short tale. As a bodyguard hired by three young people to defend them from bullying, Owen Wilson stars.
According to the film’s IMDb rating, its execution does not match the magnificence of its premise, as seen by its low rating. Wilson’s performance as the title character, though, makes the film at least bearable.
2. The Watch (5.7)
As a group of bored suburban guys who create a neighborhood watch to alleviate the drudgery of their existence, they unintentionally discover onto an alien invasion that stems from their local Costco, starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayoade.
It was originally envisioned as a PG-13 vehicle in the style of Ghostbusters, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Swear words and sexual innuendo were injected into the project when it was made into an R-rated film, and Rogen and Goldberg were brought in to help with that.
3. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (5.7)
In the original Neighbors film, Mac and Kelly successfully evicted a fraternity from the house next door. In the sequel, a sorority moves into the same house. In the original, Teddy was the villain, but in Sorority Rising, Zac Efron’s frat guy Teddy is the reluctant ally of the pair as they work together to take down Teddy’s gang.
Neighbors 2 was Rogen and Goldberg’s first attempt at writing a sequel to one of their films after they resisted the temptation to write sequels to Superbad and Pineapple Express.
4. The Green Hornet (5.8)
However, Rogen and Goldberg’s Green Hornet movie is a delightful superhero adventure thanks to Rogen’s on-screen rapport with Jay Chou, who plays Kato, Bruce Lee’s renowned character.
Green Hornet fans were furious that Rogen and Goldberg made a comedy out of the franchise, but the script offers a good blend of action and humor, and Michel Gondry brings some stunning visuals to the table.
5. Sausage Party (6.1)
With their raucous hard-R humor, Rogen and Goldberg took their brand of computer animation to the traditionally kid-friendly realm in 2016. Pixar’s “anthropomorphized object” concept is parodied in Sausage Party, when food products at a supermarket learn that they will be eaten alive by giants.
Another clever take on religion is found in Sausage Party, in which the food characters discover that their belief in “The Great Beyond,” as they call it, is a myth.
6. The Interview (6.5)
As the follow-up to This Is the End, Rogen plays a tabloid TV producer and James Franco portrays a late-night celebrity interviewer who has been invited to North Korea to speak with Kim Jong-un. The Interview is directed by Rogen and Goldberg. As soon as the CIA learns of his plans, they assign him the responsibility of killing the infamous tyrant.
Rogen and Goldberg’s career has only one movie that caused a geopolitical crisis that nearly triggered World War III. Even though film sparked a firestorm of criticism, The Interview is more known for its crude language and scatological jokes than its sharp political commentary.
7. This Is The End (6.6)
The apocalyptic comedy This is the End was Rogen and Goldberg’s first foray into filmmaking after years of watching the work of directors like Michel Gondry and David Gordon Green.
Fans of self-aware humor should definitely check out This is the End, which features a cast that includes Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, and more.
8. Pineapple Express (6.9)
In Pineapple Express, Seth Rogen plays a process server who goes on the run with his pot dealer after witnessing a drug lord commit a murder, making it his most explicitly marijuana-oriented film.
With Pineapple Express, Rogen and Goldberg established that their Superbad success was no fluke and that they were a screenwriting duo to be reckoned with.
9. Superbad (7.6)
Seth and Evan are two high schoolers who are attempting to procure wine for a large party in Superbad, a modern comedy classic that placed Rogen and Goldberg on the map. Set up as an American Pie spoof about two sex-obsessed youths wanting to lose their virginity, Superbad is actually about Seth and Evan’s fear of being separated as they prepare to attend different colleges..
When they were 13, Rogen and Goldberg began writing Superbad, which is why the anxiety of teenage years rings so genuine in the film, according to The Guardian. The screenplay for Superbad was the one that got Rogen and Goldberg their start in the business, and after a decade of revisions, it’s still their best work.