Who's In It:
Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jason Segel
The Basics: Doofus party guy impregnates out-of-his-league career gal, and then it's time for everybody to grow up and find out what they really want. But the seen-it-before, coming-of-age plot is just the cone the ice cream sits on. It's the funniest, smartest, goofiest, dirtiest, coolest (and longest over two hours, in fact) comedy so far this year.
What's the Deal? I once heard another film critic bash writer/director Judd Apatow's 40 Year-Old Virgin as an example of the juvenile obsessions of "Generation X," and I suppose that same old grump will bash this one, too, because it's dirty and irreverent. But there's a difference between a movie being the product of a juvenile culture and one that comments on that culture. This is both those things, just like Virgin. It's intentionally and intelligently crude. I know I'm making it sound way less fun than it is because it's a blast and never lets up being gut-bustingly funny, but I feel the need to defend its very well-rounded brain, too, because there's an older audience out there that's going to want to ignore it without giving it the chance it deserves.
OK, Fancy-Pants People, How's This? It's like an Eric Rohmer film full of really talkative (make that really, really talkative), really interesting people who all seem like characters you want to follow. And then it doesn't disappoint you by not following them. You get it all, from everyone, even the supporting players. Instead of being about this-happened-and-then-this-happened, you walk out talking about all the great things the characters said to each other. It's the kind of movie you go back to twice because you want to hear them say it again.
See Also. No, Seriously, See Also: It's highly likely that you've still never checked out the TV show Freaks and Geeks. It's got almost all the same people in it, created by the same folks, and it was one of the best TV shows of the past decade. Naturally, it got canceled. All 18 episodes, all incredibly funny, out on DVD. If you don't go watch it, then you're a loser.
Unintended Consequences of Watching This: The Ryan Seacrest cameo made me stop thinking he was a stone-cold bore for a few minutes. I may have to completely re-draft my opinion of him.