Tag Archives: Judd Apatow

Forgetting Sarah Marshall is remembered

30 Jul

FORGETTING-SARAH-MARSHALL

I have been a fan of Jason Segel and Judd Apatow since Freaks and Geeks. I was excited to see him take the lead role in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Segel wrote himself the perfect part as the jilted boyfriend trying to overcome a recent break-up with a famous TV star (Kristen Bell), and then the infamous first sighting with her new boyfriend (Russell Brand). Putting this relationship behind him becomes a challenge, even after meeting Rachel (Mila Kunis).

Although, Peter is trying to forget Sarah, audiences remember this romantic comedy as one their favorites because everyone has had at least one break up they have tried to get over. It has a likeable cast, clever humor, and some lighthearted moments that resonate with the hopeless romantics. Like many break ups, the drama can drag out longer than it should, but the story is solid and it propels Segel to another level in his career.

WORD COUNT: 157

Adam’s Grade: B

Chuck’s Grade: N/A

This is 40 is why people lie about their age.

27 Dec

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Judd Apatow’s follow-up to Knocked Up was a disappointment considering all the talent involved. Once again, Apatow presents a domestic comedy about “real life” situations that share time with dramatic decisions about life, love, and family.  Unfortunately, most of the comedic elements are flat, while the serious moments are too much of a drag to keep the film moving forward.

This is 40 continues to follow the lives of the married couple Debbie (Leslie Mann) and Pete (Paul Rudd) as they both are turning forty. Obviously, the film has some strong points, such as the leading couple have wonderful comedic timing and on-screen relationship, but Apatow’s script is slow. The resolution comes about 20 minutes too late and the emotional drama between Pete and Debbie becomes tedious. It seems Apatow is too in love with his words to edit them. Older audiences may enjoy the movie more, but I am pretty sure this is why people lie about their age.

WORD COUNT: 159

Adam’s Grade: C+

Chuck’s Grade: N/A

Knocked Up

20 Dec

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Writer/Director Judd Apatow delivers a poignant comedy that delivers laughs as well as being real and meaningful.

Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl), an attractive and ambitious E! television host meets Ben (Seth Rogen) a twenty something slacker at a bar while celebrating her work promotion. They drink….They laugh…They have sex, which leads to an unexpected pregnancy. Both agree to work through the pregnancy together with the support of their friends and family, particularly Alison’s sister Debbie (Leslie Mann) and her husband Pete (Paul Rudd), who give them a future snapshot of how they will look down the road.

Apatow has a keen sense at being very vulgar at times but also able to show genuine feelings in the characters. This film has a lot of depth, but I think Seth Rogen is a stretch for Heigl (even drunk). The film tends to drag a bit, but with a playful cast and script, Knocked Up delivers a modern romantic comedy.

WORD COUNT: 158

Adam’s Grade: B+

Chuck’s Grade: B-