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What is the Frat Pack?

The Frat Pack is the unofficial name for a group of actors who have appeared in numerous films together. These appearances are often in supporting or cameo roles, and the films share an absurdist sense of humor.

The name was coined by USA Today and is a reference to the "Brat Pack" of 1980's actors and of course Frank Sinatra's "Rat Pack" group from the 1960's. The Frat Pack name is also a reference to group's movie Old School.

The Frat Pack are Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Will Ferrell, Owen and Luke Wilson, Jack Black, and Steve Carell.

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Luke WilsonJack BlackSteve Carell

This site also covers projects from Frat Pack Friends including the group of actors associated with Judd Apatow. Team Apatow includes Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, and others.

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What Does the Frat Pack Think of "The Frat Pack"

"Well, I love the name. We've made over twenty-five thousand T-shirts that say, "Get on board, the Frat Pack train is leaving the station." We're going to work on the slogan. But it's catchy. It's fun. It's now."
Will Ferrell (zapit.com interview)

"I don't know if that will stick or not. I can see what they're talking about. It is good to work with people that you know and enjoy their work and are creatively are stimulated by. I don't know Frat Pack, though. I never went to college."
Ben Stiller (BBC video interview)

"The Frat Pack is more than just a name. We're a real organization. We've had a few meetings in Elko, Nevada. We talk about our upcoming projects, discuss initiating a few new members and spend a lot of time hazing one another. On some nights you can hear the paddles echoing through the canyons."
Luke Wilson (Playboy, July 2006)

"That’s awesome, but not by design. The Wilson brothers, Will Ferrell, Jack Black and Ben Stiller and I never planned that, it’s just one of those things that happened. They are all people that I think are funny and smart. It’s especially fulfilling to work with people that you respect."
Vince Vaughn (BuyMagazine interview)

"I really wish that we had secret headquarters where there was a batcave in the Hollywood Hills mountain, like inside the Hollywood sign, where we would drive in and talk about domination of world comedy. We'd have superpowers and drive out in our super-comedy mobiles. But it doesn't exist."
Jack Black (Sports Illustrated)

“It was Ben Stiller who called up all the top comedians to his headquarters in the Hollywood sign. We meet there and talk about what our plan is to dominate the world of comedy. Tim Robbins works the door and we all have frat pack comedy helicopters. They come out of the O, the O lifts up and out we come, and we meet there and we talk about what our plan is to dominate comedy. Will Ferrell - you take the new Christmas movie. Jack - you go rock."
Jack Black (Sligo Weekender)

"There's a perception that we all have a secret society and go off to an undisclosed island once a year to decide the fate of comedy."
Will Ferrell (San Francisco Chronicle)

"The only common denominator in all this is Ben Stiller, who has found work for all of us."
Vince Vaughn (AZ Central)

"Owen and Ben are friends, and me and Will are friends, and Jack Black. I'm glad to be included in it, because those are some of my favorite guys."
Luke Wilson (People Magazine, January 9, 2006)

"I don't think there's a sinister conspiracy. It seems more like a common-sense thing. When you're casting a movie, you cast people that you know and are comfortable with and think can do it."
Owen Wilson (New York Daily News)

"It doesn't really exist this Frat Pack. We run into each other on occasions and we all like each other's films, I guess, but there isn't some big funny restaurant or bar where we all hang out. At least, if there is, they haven't invited me. I wasn't in You, Me And Dupree, Owen's last movie, and none of them was in Talladega Nights with me and actually, nobody gives a shit."
Will Ferrell (Observer Magazine)

"I have no idea where that title came from but we're all friends. We've just been doing some movies, which started to become some movies that made some money... that's it. There's no club or anything.You want to get the funniest people and, if anything, it's become a hindrance because all these guys are so successful, I can't afford to work with them!"
Ben Stiller (Cosmo U.K., January 2007)

"See, I'm in the big leagues now. I'm in a category with the Vince Vaughns, the Owen Wilsons, and the Ben Stillers. I'm one of those guys now, raking the box office numbers. I'm not bragging, but it's not bad to brag, when you're just like Jack Black but better. Hey, move over, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, out of my way. I hear Stiller's a big kiss-ass, and Owen Wilson is gay!"
Steve Carell (Saturday Night Live, September 2005)

Who would win in a fight, the Frat Pack or the Rat Pack?
"Definitely the Frat Pack. Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn are both huge and my brother Owen is pretty scrappy. Jack Black would bite you on the cheek. But you'd have to take into account Sinatra's connections."
Luke Wilson (Maxim, May 2007)

"People ask if that bothers me and I say, “Shit, maybe it bothers somebody like Ben [Stiller] or Jack Black.” But I just feel lucky to be included in the group. What’s good about it is that every one of these guys gets his own thing done. When you’re able to get your own thing done, it does make it easier to say, “Hey, do you mind if I use Will [Ferrell] in this part?” Or for Ben to have Owen do a part, and Vince [Vaughn]…. But it’s comedy, so maybe people think, “Oh, boy, who’s gonna pop up in this?”"
Luke Wilson (Los Angeles Confidential, May 2007)

"I couldn't be happier to be included with those guys. I really like the fact that Will and Ben and Vince, they make their own movies. I've never even met Steve Carrell but 40 Year Old Virgin, whenever that's on cable I watch it every time it's such a good movie. I don't know, I just think they're real funny guys. You gotta be wary, you feel that sometimes people try to knock it by calling it the "Frat Pack" like it's a negative thing, but those guys, I really feel like they are super talented and smart and funny. Somebody like Will, you know, I love the idea that he tries to make his own movies. It's the same with Vince and Owen and Ben. Cause you can obviously just act in movies and make a living but these guys I think they want to make stuff thats important to them.
Luke Wilson (Ain't It Cool News)

"I love it! All of them I think would like to destroy that thing, but I love it. I think those guys are great and I'm in there? Yeah! I'm the only card-carrying member that actually shows up for Frat Pack meetings!”
Jack Black (LA Times)

"Back in 1986, I was pretty hard on myself, going, 'I'm not in the Brat Pack. What's wrong with me?' Now, I'm so happy I wasn't."
Ben Stiller (Parade Magazine, June 8, 2008)

"This movie puts you in a better club. It's called the Frat Pack! We unzip the door, we allow you in. We haven't allowed a new member in, in like ten years since the Frat Pack was formed."
Jack Black to Robert Downey, Jr. (Moviefone interview)

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May 26, 2009

Ask Will Ferrell and Danny McBride a Question
by Kevin Crossman

Land of the Lost stars Will Ferrell, Anna Friel and Danny McBride will be interviewing each other as part of Moviefone's Unscripted series on May 29, and they'll be using your questions to do it. Got anything you want to ask them about the TV show, the movie, their careers, or Will Ferrell's amazing workout routine?

Just head on over to the Moviefone website and submit your question.

NATM2 Crushes Terminator at Box Office
by Kevin Crossman

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian was the box office champion over the Memorial Day weekend, grossing just over $70 million in four days according to official box office results. That $70m bested the cume of the other wide opener Terminator Salvation that has grossed $65m since its Thursday opening.

I caught NATM2 and thought it was an effective film, though at time suffered from "sequelitis" with some of the plot points (how does Jedidiah know how to use a telephone?). I'm also not a fan of how Stiller's Larry decides to recognize his Museum friends at the end of the movie (I'm sorry, that was just not believable - even in a movie where the museum comes to live).

Some of the new characters such as those from Hank Azaria and Bill Hader really brought something to the table, though I can't say much for Christopher Guest or the actors playing Napoleon or Al Capone. The extended version of Jonah Hill's scene with Ben Stiller continues to impress and is a highlight of the movie.

The shining star of NATM2 was Amy Adams, radiant in her role as Amelia Earhart. Her 1930's-era slang was a treat to hear, though it was strange that hers was the only character to speak in "native" era language. But, for a movie like this, best not to think too hard about such things.

Ben Stiller jittered and jabbered his way through another museum and overall does a nice job holding things together. Better is the way that Ben always seems to find work for his comedian friends including numerous familiar faces we won't spoil here. Once again, Owen Wilson's Jedidiah is a fun character and there's something about his energy that just seems to "work" with Ben Stiller, even if the two did not actually perform together. Wilson has several funny lines, including the penultimate joke in the movie.

So, we're giving this one 3 beermugs. A fun time, and definitely something good for the kids. But this isn't the thinking-man's comedy and obviously not quite to our traditional Frat Pack tastes. For that, we'll have to wait for Todd Phillips' The Hangover or see how potentially Frat-friendly films like Land of the Lost or Funny People play.

May 22, 2009

Ben Stiller to Receive MTV Generation Award at MTV Movie Awards
by Kevin Crossman

Congrats to Ben Stiller who will receive the MTV Generation Award at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, May 31.

It is certainly a fitting award for someone who really has been the comedic voice of his generation for many of us born in the late 1960s (the other obvious choice for this award, Adam Sandler, received this award last year). From his early MTV appearances, his Fox TV series, movies like Reality Bites and The Cable Guy, all the way to his decade of Frat Pack comedies, Ben Stiller has truly been a comedic titan.

Now the bad news. Unlike when Ben received the similar 'Wannabe" award from Jack Black at the Kids Choice Awards, the MTV Generation award will be presented by Zac Efron.

Are you kidding me? Zac Efron?

Look, I get it. It's MTV. They don't want some forty-year old "old fogey" to present the award, even if they are big movie stars like Jack Black or Will Ferrell. Okay, fine. But, did it occur to MTV to have someone like, oh, I don't know... Jonah Hill or Seth Rogen present the award? How about Michael Cera? All those guys under 25 have movies coming out this summer, so why not? Bad form MTV. Bad form.

Land of the Lost Premiere Tickets
by Kevin Crossman

Moviefone is giving away 50 pairs of tickets to the Land of the Lost premiere on May 30 in Los Angeles. But it's on a first come, first serve basis.

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian In Theatres Today
by Kevin Crossman

Ben Stiller + Owen Wilson = NATM2 is the latest Frat Pack film. Combine that with a bevy of A-class comedic talent and numerous familiar faces means that this is a highly anticipated release. Well, the film is in theatres today, so what are you waiting for? Get out there and see it now!

Have you seen NATM2? Post your review on our message board.

May 19, 2009

NATM2 and Hangover Impressions
by Nathan Hughes

I just got back from a screening for Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. I expected this film to have some issues, and although it does have some, it does a pretty good job matching up to the original. The film is not Ben's or Owen's strongest role, but they did get some great jokes in.

There were some great cameos/supporting roles with Bill Hader, Ed Helms, Ricky Gervais, Mindy Kaling, Craig Robinson, Jonah Hill, and Jay Baruchel. Although some of these scenes are brief, I really enjoyed the ones with Hader, Gervais, and Hill. I was most impressed with Amy Adams' role as Amelia Earnhardt, as her energetic personality really kept the film moving along at some of its slower points.

The film has a lot of humor for children, as well as plenty of jokes for the adults (a few that are closer to PG-13, I think). There was an amazing 300 reference in the film which got a large response in the packed audience. I enjoyed the orginial film more, but the computer animation is really good in this one, and the new characters are really enjoyable. I don't want to give away any of the other roles (although the trailers may have already done that), but there are plenty of characters and cultural references that all generations will enjoy.

In addition, on Monday night I was fortunate to go to a screening for The Hangover. The film was pretty good for what it was, but the best part was that Ed Helms was present after the screening for a Q&A session. The film definitely deserved the R-rating, and Helms does a great job with the unfiltered role. At the Q&A, he revealed that he had actually lost his tooth when he was a kid, and that the cap was removed for the film. He had it out for three months while filming his role and used a fake tooth while filming "The Office".

Helms revealed that he is currently working on a script through the summer on a group of Civil War reenactment actors who, without their knowledge, travel back in time to the Civil War era. I was fortunate to talk with him afterwards and get an autograph. It will be interesting to see him in some other large roles in the future.

NATM2 + Frat Pack Friend Sighting
by Jenny Spaulding

First off, I was at Ethan Coen's off-Broadway play over the weekend and Adam Scott (Step Brothers, Party Down) was in the audience. I recognized him immediately and could totally hear his distinctive laugh throughout the show.

Secondly, last night I was invited to a preview screening of Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian at the Natural History Museum. I was pretty cool to be in the building that part of the movie was set in.

My expectations for the movie were minimal — I enjoyed the first one but it’s definitely aimed at a family audience. But I try to support Ben Stiller’ work and any excuse to watch Steve Coogan can’t be all that bad. Plus Amy Adams is radiant in everything she does. The exchange between Stiller and Jonah Hill that is previewed in the trailer made me laugh out loud. In fact I think one of the best things about this PG rated film is seeing Stiller and his Frat Pack friends be funny while still managing to keep it clean.

The plot is predictably silly, but relocating the action to the Smithsonian provides for some great backdrops and there are some clever moments with “living” paintings. While this movie might not be for everyone, I did make me chuckle quite a bit.

May 18, 2009

Ben Stiller and Jonah Hill Crash NBC + Frat Pack Cameo
by Kevin Crossman

In what looks to be the first in an ongoing series playing at FunnyOrDie, Ben Stiller and Jonah Hill star in a new video with Andrew Daly (Semi-Pro, Eastbound & Down). In the premise, Ben and Jonah are set to tape promo spots for Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian at NBC studios. Daly plays the security guard who won't let them in because they're not on the list. Be sure to look for a Frat Pack cameo!

May 16, 2009

TV Alerts: Will Ferrell Hosting SNL Tonight / Ben Stiller Schedule
by Kevin Crossman

Make sure to check out Will Ferrell tonight on Saturday Night Live. Justin Timberlake set the bar super high last week as the host, but this is the season finale and if anyone can top Timberlake Will Ferrell can.

Also, some places to check out Ben Stiller next week according to our tipster Laura:

Mon. -- Letterman
Tues. -- Regis and Kelly
Wed. -- Ellen and Kimmel <--- no they haven't joined forces, he's on both of their shows.

May 15, 2009

Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson Planning Another Film Together?
by Kevin Crossman

Thanks to tipster Laura for finding this article about Owen Wilson that mentions his longtime collaboration with Ben Stiller and includes a hint a future project!

"It's unbelievable. This is like I think the 10th movie that we've worked on together," Wilson says. "And then we're working on another one too coming up. Who knew way back when, when I was in The Cable Guy, that that was gonna lead to us kind of teaming up and being in the same movies so much."
Owen Wilson Turns to Cartoons for Inspiration

Update: Aw, crap. Our European Editor Mario Bernengo pointed out that Owen is probably referencing Little Fockers, a film we keep trying to pretend won't actually happen.

NATM2 Promo Push
by Kevin Crossman

May 22 is not arriving fast enough for Frat Pack fans who love to see Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson together again (albiet via special effects). Of course, the Night at the Museum movies are famous for the comedic talent on hand, and Ben has added Hank Azaria, Amy Adams, Jonah Hill, and Bill Hader to the mix this time! Stiller, Hill, Azaria, and Hader opened American Idol this week, and the promo push continues.

Amy Adams, Hank Azaria, and Ben Stiller at the Smithsonian Museum Today

How about smiling, Ben?

Owen Wilson, Amy Adams, Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais,
and Hank Azaria at Smithsonian Press Conference

Close-Up of Owen from the press conference

NATM2 U.S. Premiere
by Kevin Crossman

Check out the red carpet photos from at the premiere for Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, on Thursday.

Costar Owen Wilson

Christine Taylor and intense Ben Stiller

Costar Amy Adams

Costar Hank Azaria with Katie Wright

Costar Robin Williams

May 13, 2009

NATM2 U.K. Premiere
by Kevin Crossman

Are you starting to get excited for Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian? I've got to say, they can keep showing those "ITT" commericals with Jonah Hill and Ben Stiller all day long. The movie opens Memorial Day weekend but the stars are starting to do press appearances. Here are some photos from the U.K. premiere in London yesterday.

Ben Stiller, Ricky Gervais and Hank Azaria

A Very Striking Ben Stiller

G.I. Joe - The Rise of Apatow
by Kevin Crossman

Another Mike Simmers project, this time featuring films from Judd Apatow. And Mike knows his Apatow, even including snippets of underrated films like Kicking & Screaming and Drillbit Taylor. I'd much rather watch this G.I. Joe movie than the faux-Transformers film that's actually coming to theatres.

May 9, 2009

New Land of the Lost Trailer, Photos
by Kevin Crossman

This new trailer has some funny, more adult humor and also ups the action and romance. Cinemark Theatres have a First Look feature with Will Ferrell and Danny McBride that's pretty funny as well ("arrogant Will" tries to hog the spotlight). Universal has also released more photos from the movie, two of better ones are shown below.

Land of the Lost has not been getting a ton of mentions in the "summer preview" talk, so let's start talking up this movie to our family and friends. Remember, this is not a PG Will Ferrell family film (ala Kicking and Screaming), it's PG-13 "subversive like Anchorman." Plus, if we ever want to make Danny McBride a movie star, this is our chance.

Used Guys Heading to Production with Stiller/CarreyWitherspoon
by Adam Stevenson

In our Ben Stiller news round-up, Used Guys finally has the wheels rolling for Ben Stiller and Reese Witherspoon. Fox's sci-fi comedy Used Guys, which previously had Jay Roach directing Ben Stiller and Jim Carrey, will change the story's focus into a vehicle for Stiller and Reese Witherspoon. Little Miss Sunshine directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris are negotiating to take on helming duties. No writer has been hired.

The comedy takes place in a future run by women, who clone and trade men like used cars. The current take at Fox focuses more on the relationship between Stiller's character and Witherspoon's clone owner. Roach will remain a producer on the project along with Stiller's Red Hour Films.

And in more Stiller related news, Ben has been set by Participant Media to direct Help Me Spread Goodness, a drama with comic overtones, reports Variety. The script, about a Chicago banker who gets swindled in a Nigerian Internet scam, was written by Mark Friedman and developed by Participant Media executive vice president Jonathan King and president Ricky Strauss before they took it to Stiller. Stiller will produce with Red Hour partner Stuart Kornfeld and Jeremy Kramer.

The trade adds that the timing of when Stiller helms the film depends on the progress of The Trial of the Chicago 7, the Aaron Sorkin-scripted drama that Stiller took over after Steven Spielberg exited as director.

Year One Cameo from Kage!
by Kevin Crossman

Kyle Gass is well-known for being Jack Black's partner in Tenacious D, but I think he's underrated as a comedian. His appearance with Andy Richter in Elf is one such example.

So, big thanks to Adam Stevenson for pointing us to an extended "stoning" clip from Year One. That movie features cameos from the likes of Bill Hader, Paul Rudd, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. So, it's great that we can add Gass to the list as well. Check it out!

May 3, 2009

Ben Stiller and Seth Rogen Join Twitter
by Kevin Crossman

For those who love direct access their celebs via Twitter, we now have two more of our Frat Pack favorites to follow. Ben Stiller recently joined Twitter and in addition to pimping Night at the Museum: Battle for the Smithsonian he also admits a man-crush on the new Captain Kirk, Chris Pine. Rogen has been more active, including regular pimping of his favorite friends and projects.

Thanks to Jenny for the tip.

Luke Wilson in Battle For Terra in Theatres Now
by Kevin Crossman

Good news: Luke Wilson is one of the leads in a major animated movie, Battle for Terra.

Bad news: the movie opened this weekend to terrible business and I hadn't even heard of it before now.

The film is about a peaceful alien planet which faces destruction from colonization by the displaced remainder of the human race. Wilson plays a human who has a sympathetic relationship with the displaced aliens.

This hasn't been getting good reviews, though the cast does feature some A-listers including Dennis Quaid and Justin Long. I guess I'll check this out on Netflix.

Jennifer Aniston is an Honorary Member of the Frat Pack
by Kevin Crossman

Thanks to Jenny for the tip on this one, too. Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson were at the British premiere of Marley and Me when the question was captured on video. The clip isn't embeddedable but a British reporter asked what we'd been wondering for some time.

Reporter: "Do you feel like an honorary member of the Frat Pack now that you've worked Owen and Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller?"

Jennifer Aniston: "Wow, I never thought of it that way! (to Owen) Can I be an honorary member?"

Owen Wilson: "Yeah. Woody, Vince, Ben. I was nervous to work with her because all my friends had such a great time."

This basically confirms what we've said for a long time. We're big Jenn fans in these parts and I've been impressed by her projects. Her ability to have chemistry with a variety of male costars is superb (remember the great chemistry with Jack Black at the Oscars?). So, congrats Jenn. Honorary member it is!

The reference to Woody Harrelson is for Aniston next film, Management. Aniston stars as a plain Jane who briefly meets a motel owner played by Steve Zahn before becoming involved with an intense and violent man played by Harrelson. The film opens on May 15.

Management Official Website

May 1, 2009

Star Trek: Old School
by Kevin Crossman

Check out the latest video mashup featuring most of our Frat Pack heroes along with friends like Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart. The video was created by Sputnik Animation, who did it "for no reason other than it had to be done." With Will Ferrell as Captain Kirk, here is Star Trek: Old School.

This is a funny video and is very well-done. But I'm sorry, these guys don't know their Star Trek and they don't know their Frat Pack. Because any fan of each will know that any video of this kind that lacks Trek Superfan Ben Stiller is like Spock without pointy ears: high illogical.

April 28, 2009

CollegeHumor Skewers Apatow's World
by Kevin Crossman

Just in time to prep us for Judd Apatow's forthcoming summer comedy Funny People with Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen comes this hilarious video from CollegeHumor. Ever noticed that all the troll-ish leading men in Apatow movies land gorgeous ladies? No? Well, the folks at CollegeHumor sure have.

Nice to see references to Anchorman, Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Superbad, and especially Walk Hard.

April 26, 2009

Rudd and Segel Love Box Office Results for I Love You, Man
by Rick Duran

Worth noting: I Love You, Man passed the grosses of both Role Models and Forgetting Sarah Marshall this weekend.

I Love You, Man: $67,793,000
Role Models: $67,294,270
Forgetting Sarah Marshall: $63,172,463

I Love You, Man fell out of the top ten this weekend in its sixth week of release, scoring another $2 million. It did, however, do better than the third weekend for Observe and Report that is actually playing in more theatres. The Seth Rogen dark comedy has grossed $22 million to date.

April 25, 2009

Frat Trek Trailer Debuts
by Kevin Crossman

I know Ben Stiller hasn't always had kind words for the "Frat Pack" concept but one hopes he'd get a kick out of Mike Simmers' latest Frat Pack Trailer mashup: Frat Trek.

Ben is a Star Trek fan from way back when and regularly drops Trek references into his films, including three of his directorial efforts. Remember the Trek homage in Cable Guy when a pleasant dinner at Medieval Times turns into a battle to the death? Or, the very name "Mugatu" from Zoolander lifted from a Trek episode. Ben's character Speedman even watched Star Trek on a video iPod in Tropic Thunder. I particularly liked Ben's presentation at the William Shatner Roast a few years back.

So, with that in mind, maybe Ben will give Mike Simmers' latest a try. Mike has been busy lately, dropping Frat related trailer parodies in recent days, including A-Team parody The Frat Team and Watchmen parody Fratmen. You should definitely check those videos out, though at time they feature some odd directorial choices (Michael Cera in the Frat Team? I don't think so!). But, I gotta say, Mr. Simmers has a big hit with Frat Trek. Great use of Owen Wilson here, casting him against type in the Captain Kirk role. Great job Mike, live long and prosper.

April 21, 2009

Charline Yi's Paper Heart Trailer
by Kevin Crossman

Big thanks to Jon West for tipping us on this one. Paper Heart is a real and faux documentary starring Charlene Yi (Knocked Up) along with some familiar faces including real-life boyfriend Michael Cera, Martin Starr, and a cameo from Seth Rogen.

Here's the lowdown: Charlyne Yi embarks on a quest across America to make a documentary about the one subject she doesn't fully understand: Love. Cera, playing a version of himself, becomes the object of her affection. Weaving together reality and fantasy, the film combines elements of documentary and traditional storytelling to bring a fresh perspective to the modern romance.

After an appearance at Sundance, the film was bought by Overture Film. It is now scheduled to hit theaters in limited release on August 7th Update: and a wide release on August 14th (thanks Adam).

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