This was my first venture into Seth Rogen/Judd Apatow territory, so I can't make any comment about how well (or not) it compares with their earlier collaborations. Having said that, a few random observations:
- By far, James Franco was the best thing about the movie. His stoner was right up there with Sean Penn's Jeff Spicoli in the all-time annals of great stoners. He had a lot of great lines, but I'm kind of partial to "F*ck Jeff Goldblum, man!" (It kind of loses something out of context). His fondness for civil engineers was also a great touch.
- What a waste of Gary Cole. If you're going to have Gary Cole in a comedy, you might want to think about having him do something funny (although the scene where he gives names to the various kinds of pot was pretty amusing). Anyone could have played that role, the way it was written.
- The whole high school girlfriend thing was a waste of time, although Rogen did get off a couple of good lines when he visits her in the hallway.
- The two hit men were a good, bizarre take on the 'hit man team cliche.'
Overall, I enjoyed it, but thought it could have been a little tighter. Which I admit is a strange thing to say about a stoner movie.