Reviewed Mar 01, 2012
Thoroughly enjoyed it. Hits a good balance of comedy and drama. Emotional without feeling too manipulative. You couldn’t say the role is really a stretch for Seth Rogen but he plays it very well and I found it to be his most affecting character. Likewise Joseph Gorden Levitt does a great job and it building an impressive filmography following successes like Brick, 500 Days of Summer, and Inception. I have seen some criticism of the films treatment of its female characters, Bryce Dallas Howard plays the most unlikeable character however I felt the film benefitted from the perspective the character brought and introduced a conflict that added to the drama. I also felt that Anna Kendrick provided a suitable counterpoint. In addition Anjelica Huston, playing Gordon Levitt’s mother, offers a very sympathetic character.