Couples Retreat dominated the box office over the weekend, which is only important because it gives me the excuse I’ve been waiting for since last month’s premiere of Extract to issue the following statement: Jason Bateman rules.
With that shocker out of the way, let’s take a look back at the actor’s six finest roles, just because we can. (Sorry, Juno fans.)
6. David Hogan on Valerie/Valerie’s Family/The Hogan Family (1986-1991)
Yes, every episode was “very special.” And yeah, he was surrounded by roughly a half ton of dead weight. But Bateman kept flashing his Tiger Beat smile through six seasons of this largely forgettable sitcom and managed to emerge mostly unscathed, even if he was hard-pressed to find decent work for more than a decade afterward. Check out what happens in this 1987 clip when some honey promises to “make love” to him — he gets caught with a box of condoms! Gasp! And by his soon-to-be-killed-off mom (Valerie Harper), no less.