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The 2015 MTV Movie Awards - Arrivals

Judd Apatow and Iris Apatow - A variety of stars were photographed as they arrived for the 2015 MTV Movie Awards which were held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 12th April 2015

Judd Apatow and Iris Apatow
Judd Apatow and Iris Apatow
Judd Apatow and Iris Apatow
Judd Apatow and Iris Apatow
Judd Apatow and Iris Apatow

The Paley Center For Media's 32nd Annual PALEYFEST LA - 'Girls' - Arrivals

Iris Apatow, Judd Apatow and Maude Apatow - A host of stars were photographed as they attended the 'Girls' panel at the 32nd annual PaleyFest which was held at the Paley Center in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 8th March 2015

Iris Apatow, Judd Apatow and Maude Apatow
Iris Apatow, Judd Apatow and Maude Apatow
Iris Apatow, Judd Apatow and Maude Apatow
Iris Apatow, Judd Apatow and Maude Apatow

The Other Woman Premiere

Leslie Mann, Judd Apatow, Iris Apatow and Maude Apatow - The Other Woman Premiere - Westwood, California, United States - Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Leslie Mann
Leslie Mann
Leslie Mann
Leslie Mann
Leslie Mann

MTV Movie Awards 2014 Arrivals

Judd Apatow, Maude Apatow and Iris Apatow - MTV Movie Awards 2014 Arrivals held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live! - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 13th April 2014

Premiere of 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman' - Arrivals

Leslie Mann and Iris Apatow - The Twentieth Century Fox and Dreamwork Animation Holly-Woof Premiere of 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman' held at The Regency Village Westwood - Arrivals - Westwood, California, United States - Wednesday 5th March 2014

Leslie Mann
Leslie Mann

This Is 40 Review


Good

This overlong comedy is so episodic that watching it is exactly like sitting through five episodes of a sitcom back-to-back. It's funny and enjoyable, with characters we enjoy watching, but they continually spiral back to where they started, and in the end we feel like there's been a lot of fuss about nothing. Even so, the script offers plenty of hilarious observational humour, and the cast is thoroughly entertaining.

Reprising their roles from Knocked Up, Rudd and Mann play Debbie and Pete, who turn 40 within a week of each other. But Debbie isn't coping very well with it, and her emotions swing wildly from steamy lust to fiery rage while Pete just tries to hang on. Their daughters (played by Apatow and Mann's real daughters Maude and Iris) each have their own issues to stir into the mix. And then Pete's needy father (Brooks) turns up with problems of his own, forcing Debbie to think about her own distant father (Lithgow). Meanwhile, the economic crunch is causing problems for both of their businesses.

Yes, both of them own businesses. This is not the typical struggling 40-something couple, so it's not easy to sympathise with many of their issues. Fortunately, Apatow's dialog is packed with brazen honesty and an appreciation for rude gags that keep us laughing even in the absence of an actual storyline we can get involved in (although there's one major plot point along the way). Rudd and Mann were arguably the best thing in Knocked Up, so it's great to let them take the spotlight here, making the most of their sparky interaction. And aside from experts like Brooks and Lithgow, there is a continual stream of superb side roles, including Fox as Debbie's oversexed and possibly embezzling employee and McCarthy as a furious school parent (her big scene is expanded into a brilliantly improvised outtake riff in the closing credits).

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Knocked Up Review


Essential
What separates the films and television series of Judd Apatow from the rom-com epidemic (I feel that term is fair) is a singular word: growth. Apatow's works spend time with their characters, main and supporting, enough so that we can sincerely laugh with them and understand their decisions. It goes for his oeuvre overall as well: from the troubles of teenagers (Freaks & Geeks) to the pre-paranoia of college life (Undeclared) to the struggle of leaving your youth behind (The 40-Year-Old Virgin), Apatow builds, thematically, with each project. And that's how we finally come to Knocked Up.

Ben (Seth Rogen) holds onto drugs and buffoonery the way Andy in Virgin held onto childhood/teenage obsession. He spends his days smoking cannabis, making herpes jokes with his roommates and marking when celebrities get naked in films for a forthcoming website, FleshoftheStars.com. It's at a local club that he meets Alison (Katherine Heigl), a newly-promoted correspondent for the E! network. After a fumbling flirtation and a bevy of drinks, Ben and Alison return to her sister's guest house, willing and ready to make a mistake. That mistake blooms, after 8 weeks, into an unexpected pregnancy, forcing Ben into adulthood and Alison into a relationship that mirrors her sister Debbie's (Apatow's wife Leslie Mann) marriage to Pete (the reliable Paul Rudd).

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