Neighbors 2 cowriter and star Seth Rogen has been in dozens of comedies in the past decade, and in a recent video for The Guardian, Rogen sat down with costar Chloë Grace Moretz to reflect on his past roles and the evolution of comedy.
“It’s funny looking at some of the movies we made in the last 10 years under the lens of new eras and new social consciousnesses,” said Rogen. “There’s for sure some stuff in our earlier movies and even in our more recent movies where even a year later, you’re like, ‘That wasn’t the greatest idea.'”
He called out one film in particular: “There’s probably some jokes in Superbad that are bordering on blatantly homophobic at the time,” he said. “They’re all in the voice of high school kids who do speak like that, but I think we’d be silly not to acknowledge that we were also to some degree glamorizing that type of language in many ways”
While making Neighbors 2, Rogen said he thought a lot about the sexism on college campuses, particularly in the Greek system. “The sheer fact that the women and men don’t have equal rights and opportunities I think, by definition, makes it sexist” he said. Moretz agrees that “it’s a little antiquated.”
“That’s something that we talked about a lot when we were making the movie,” said Rogen. Watch the video below to see a preview of the film, which hits theaters May 20.