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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.

Jonah Hill Can Do More Than Just Comedy

This is a pretty neat profile of a post-Moneyball Jonah Hill and his ongoing transition from "the feral, frantic embodiment of teenage id" he played in Superbad. After taking on a big dramatic role and following it with the comedic The Sitter, people are watching closely to see how he'll define himself next. Hearteningly for comedy fans, Hill doesn't feel he needs to stick with drama "just because you think the other stuff I do is less prestigious." I say, if his taste in movie roles is anything like his taste in shrimp cocktail, he's got nothing to worry about. (If it's still unclear, the point of that [...]

The Fat Kid Conundrum

When you’ve seen as many movies as I have — and I’d strongly caution against doing so — you start to notice the patterns. Through sheer repetition of stock characters and plot threads, Hollywood perpetuates a lot of myths about modern living that are not exactly true. Many of them are downright ridiculous. We Were Promised Hoverboards is a weekly series in which I investigate these myths for sociological and comedic purposes.

At the end of the movie, Superbad, Jonah Hill’s scruffy, unapologetically overweight character, Seth, walks off into the sunset (technically a mall) with the object of his affection in tow: a hip, attractive, statuesque, red-head named Wilma. [...]