Rogen seems content to play the good son. He does finally have an emotional moment of clarity, but he quickly shifts back to being the straight man for the majority of the comic moments. It was probably an easy decision, considering his co-star is such an entertainment icon.
And Streisand doesn’t let him — or the audience — down. Her comic energy is as crisp and feisty as it was so many years ago. It’s what drives this movie to be so much fun that most anyone will appreciate it.