Friday, July 21, 2023

Platonic brings rom-com fun to Apple TV+, and my 13 favorite Seth Rogen movies

Platonic continues Apple TV+’s recent attempt to seemingly restart the long festering genre of rom-com TV.

I have little evidence to back that up other than the exceptional recent season 1 of Shrinking. But Platonic’s opening season has recently wrapped and it’s almost as good.

Created by Francesca Delbanco and Nicholas Stoller (who has worked on an excellent string of productions that include Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek, Neighbors, and The Muppets), the show is about former best friends played by the hard-not-to-love pair Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne, who reconnect in mid life. They aren’t particularly good for each other, as each episode brings new high jinx that don’t exactly help their progression into mature adulthood.

Rogen is what drew me to Platonic, but I really like Byrne too. 

4 out of 5 stars

On a tangent, here’s my 13 favorite Seth Rogen movies:

13. This is the End (2013)

12. The Interview (2014)

11. Pineapple Express (2008)

10. Funny People (2009)

09. You, Me, and Dupree (2006)

08. Sausage Party (2016)

07. Neighbors (2014)

06. Superbad (2007)

05. Step Brothers (2008)

04. Knocked Up (2007)

03. The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)

02. Donnie Darko (2001)

01. Anchorman (2004)

Pretty impressive resume!

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