The other day, I heard an interview with Seth Rogen about how spouses are portrayed in comedies these days. The wife is invariably an uptight nag, while the husband is a big goofy kid.
In first drafts of the recent movie Neighbors, Seth Rogen’s character was married to, you guessed it, a nagging wife. But then Rogen’s real wife, Lauren Miller, spoke up. As Rogen remembers:
“My wife read the script. She’s a writer. She’s one of the people who was like, ‘This isn’t how it would be; like, we get along…I want to have fun, too…’
“And then as we started talking about it, that actually became the most exciting idea of the movie to us, that really we could portray a couple where the wife was just as fun-loving and irresponsible as the guy, and they got along really well. In a comedy, that is almost non-existent: an actual healthy couple that really likes each other…and they’re intimate with each other and they’re attracted to each other; when they fight, they make up really fast and easily…
“Again, in movies they like to portray marriage as like, ‘Oh, the wife and husband are always arguing and bickering’…With me and my wife, the easiest part of my life is my marriage. Like if everything was as smooth and easy and fun as my relationship with my wife then I would have a much easier time getting through the day. We really get along and we like the same stuff.”
(Top photo by Nathan)