Michael Cera: We Don't Get Him. Help Us Learn Why We Should, And Win Preview Passes To Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

Maybe it's just a low tolerance for indie-movie tweeness, but we have to admit the charms of Michael Cera largely escape us.

Now we freely admit we haven't seen Year One, so there's a chance that our admiration for his subtle comedic skills might yet be awakened, replacing our annoyance at his whiny indecision.

(You've probably forgotten Year One already. It was a comedy blockbuster starring Cera and Jack Black as cavemen, or something.)

So help us out here. And by doing so, win passes to an August 5 preview screening of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, which we're sure is very, very good. Or at least Cera-worthy.

First off, Cera's not the whiny guy from Adventureland, right?

Just making sure. Let's check the old IMDB for the highlights of the Cera ouevre:

Arrested Development: Everyone says we should watch this, that we'll love it. And we probably would....if we could just get past that hyper-annoying narration by Ron Howard. So far, no can do.

Superbad: Our annoyance at Cera is equaled perhaps only by our annoyance at Jonah Hill, making this movie a complete non-starter for us. We're sure it's hilarious, and not disposable Judd Apatow product at all.

Juno: Cera's ineffectual moping paired with Ellen Page's sarcasm? Spare us.

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist:  Saw the previews. That was enough.

Year One:
We like Bill Murray's recent take on this, in GQ:

Is the third Ghostbusters movie happening? What's the story with that?

It's all a bunch of crock. It's a crock. There was a story--and I gotta be careful here, I don't want to hurt someone's feelings. When I hurt someone's feelings, I really want to hurt them. [laughs] Harold Ramis said, Oh, I've got these guys, they write on The Office, and they're really funny. They're going to write the next Ghostbusters. And they had just written this movie that he had directed.

Year One.

Year One. Well, I never went to see Year One, but people who did, including other Ghostbusters, said it was one of the worst things they had ever seen in their lives. So that dream just vaporized. That was gone.

Want to win passes to Scott Pilgrim vs. the World? Tell us what we're missing when it comes to Michael Cera. Results will be judged on the basis of originality, clarity, strength of argument and lack of typos. Twenty people will win passes for two. Send your entry to us by Friday, either in the comments or at hairballscontest@houstonpress.com.

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