With his new alien invasion, neighborhood watch movie releasing this week, we thought this would be a great opportunity to run down our list of the top five Jonah Hill movies. Agree, disagree? Let us know.
5. The 40 Year Old Virgin
OK, Jonah Hill had a very small part in this movie, and it was only his second appearance in a movie. But, who can forget those silver boots? That scene was hilarious and the movie in general (while crude) was incredibly funny. I’m really only using Jonah as a springboard to talk about this movie and its incredible quotability. Either way this is starting to show Jonah’s excellent grasp of awkward comedy.
4. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Having proven himself as a capable comedic performer, Jonah further entrenched himself in Judd Apatow’s comedy troupe with a turn in Knocked Up and then Forgetting Sarah Marshall where he played again, an awesomely awkward character who churns out one-liners.
3. The Watch
To be clear, I have yet to see this movie but it has all the makings of what makes a classic Jonah Hill movie and character despite its poor reviews. Like Ben Stiller, Jonah excels as a comedic foil and secondary character. The Watch fits his style perfectly as shown by the great interrogation scene with him and Stiller from the trailer. He doesn’t have to carry the movie, just chime in as necessary and make people laugh. The relationship with his mom in this movie also has a ton of promise. Crossing my fingers on this one.
As a lot of comedy actors do eventually, Jonah tried his hand at drama and pulled it off more successfully than most. Still embodying the awkwardness that comes through in most of his characters, but doing it in a more toned down way added to this movie and his overall performance. Throw in that he was nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Oscar and you can’t leave this one off the list.
1. Super Bad
There is no way around it; Super Bad firmly planted Jonah Hill on the map with his incredibly crude but incredibly funny role of a high school senior and best friend of Michael Cera. These two played off each other beautifully and while Cera had some notoriety from Arrested Development, Super Bad was truly Jonah Hill’s introduction to the public, and they ate it up. Hill proved here that he had the chops to carry a movie and it’s been the catalyst for his career.