The latest Seth Rogen comedy hits theaters this week, and I am pleased to say that I was totally surprised at how much I enjoyed this movie. The film pairs Rogen and Barbara Streisand in a oddball mother/son road trip that is full of the goofy scenarios that you would expect from such a pair.

Andrew Brewster (Rogen) is an organic chemist trying to sell his newly invented cleaning product to stores and companies across the country without much success. After visiting his mother, he decides to invite her along for the ride as he travels across the country so that he can surprise her at the end by introducing her to her long lost love. The movie’s plot line is predictable, the funny situations are expected but honestly, it doesn’t matter. This movie is such a lighthearted fun film that I had fun from start to end.

Barbara Streisand steals the show as Rogen’s mother, putting him on the backburner while she takes center stage. Her delivery and portrayal of the overbearing mother is spot on. She had me in stitches over and over.

Where the film tends to lose its way is in its dramatic more sentimental moments. Perhaps this is due to the writing or directing. It certainly wasn’t for lack of trying on Rogen’s and Streisand’s part. They just seemed to be a little out of place.

Overall I thought the movie was great. Like I said before, I was laughing out loud multiple times at Streisand’s hilarious performance. It was a lot more than what I expected which is always a nice surprise when you go into a film with low expectations.

If you’re looking for a cheery comedy to pick you up this bleak winter season I definitely recommend checking this one out. You won’t regret it.

Movie Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

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