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The Auteur Theory of Judd Apatow

More than any modern day comedy director, Judd Apatow can be considered an auteur.

Auteur Theory, first written about by Francois Truffaut in the 1950s as a way to show the value of the lesser-respected American Hollywood filmmakers in comparison to the more artistically respected French filmmakers (later popularized by American critic Andrew Sarris), states that the director is the primary artistic visionary behind a film and that a consistency in his vision over a series of projects proves greatness.

In the most basic sense, Apatow falls under this definition not only because he's created a visual style that is distinctly his own and consistent throughout his directorial efforts, but [...]

The 10 Best Fish Out of Water Comedies

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The “fish out of water” formula has been a go-to storyline since cinema’s early days, with filmmakers getting a lot of mileage out of plucking familiar characters from their bowls and tossing them into unfamiliar, non-aquatic settings. Using a fish out of water story can be a quick and effective way to engineer a functional comedy, but this trope isn’t always as transparent and contrived as it seems in the likes of Beverly Hills Ninja or Encino Man. The best fish out of water stories [...]

Judd Apatow Says 'This is 40' Won't Have Any 'Knocked Up' References

Judd Apatow gave a nice long interview to Film Comment today in advance of his new movie This is 40, which is being billed as a "sort of sequel" to Knocked Up, following Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann's characters Pete and Debbie. Apatow explains in the interview, though, that the new movie contains no references to the previous one. Rudd, Mann, and the kids play the same characters, and Jason Segel and Charlyne Yi also reprise their roles from Knocked Up, but they don't make any references to their relationships with Rudd and Mann's characters and there's only one quick line referring to Knocked Up. Apatow explains:

"I [...]

In Defense of Judd Apatow's Female Characters

I’m not going to lie: I’m pretty excited that Judd Apatow is working on another movie for Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann’s characters from Knocked Up. Some might be surprised by this: as I write this piece, I’m listening to a Liz Phair Pandora station, taking a break from writing an all-female sketch show, and preparing for a shoot tonight for a follow-up project to the web series about a feminist magazine I co-created last year. I mean, isn’t Judd Apatow supposed to be sexist?

Here’s the thing: for someone who’s made his name as the poet laureate of twentysomething straight dudes, Apatow actually writes really good [...]

What Does 'Five-Year Engagement's' Box Office Disappointment Suggest About the State of Apatowian Comedies?

Five-Year Engagement earned $11.2 million this weekend, which is nearly half what was being predicted. It's also by far the lowest of the recent era of Apatowian films and it seems to be part of slow falling out of favor for his brand of comedies.

Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann to Reprise Their Knocked Up Roles in Apatow's Next Movie

There's been pretty much no info about Judd Apatow's next movie so far other than a release date — June 1, 2012 — but some interesting info is starting to trickle out. Apparently, Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann are going to reprise their roles as married couple Pete and Debbie from Knocked Up. It's not clear whether or not the movie would be centered on them or just include them somehow, and the studio is claiming that it will somehow not be a Knocked Up spin off despite featuring two of its characters.

It wouldn't be the first time a character reappeared in an Apatow-related movie — [...]