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Review: This Is 40
I'm at a loss to empathize with the middle-aged plight of Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann), supporting players in Judd Apatow's Knocked Up , now front and center in the writer/director/producer's kinda-sorta sequel.
| December 21, 2012
Morgan Spurlock's latest nonthreatening documentary fails to find much point in its subject: men's grooming.
Morgan Spurlock's latest documentary
| May 12, 2012
Jonah Hill straightens up
The Superbad star has embraced his inner math geek for his role in Moneyball, the film adaptation of Michael Lewis's best-selling book on Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane, who turned the baseball world on its head in 2002 when he cast aside his sc
| September 23, 2011
Interview with Kristen Wiig
Maybe it's too much to ask for from a romantic comedy, but could "Bridesmaids,"[opens Friday] which stars and is co-written by Kristen Wiig, be the...
| May 10, 2011
Review: Get Him To the Greek
Jonah Hill and Russell Brand reunite with Forgetting Sarah Marshall director Nicholas Stoller in his boisterous new comedy.
Heroin-addled rocker stages his comeback
| June 04, 2010
Harvard virginity conference pops its cherry
At what moment are you no longer a virgin? When you get a blowjob? Give one? Give 30 ? When someone fingers you? Oral sex? Anal sex? Enjoyment? Orgasm?
Roe v. Wait Dept.
| May 07, 2010
Who exactly is Charlyne Yi? Two years ago, she appeared — seemingly from out of nowhere — in a brief but memorable turn in Judd Apatow's Knocked Up. A closer look at Apatow's new Funny People , however, might provide a clue as to where he discovered
Charlyne Yi is a hot date
| August 07, 2009
Judd Apatow pulls no punchlines
Judd Apatow pulls no punchlines
| July 31, 2009
Interview: Judd Apatow
Behind every successful comedian, there's . . . a personal assistant. Who, given how egomaniacal and utterly misanthropic the funnyman in question is, is probably his best friend, too.
On the making of his Citizen Kane
| July 31, 2009
Review: Year One
Mel Brooks and the lads from Monty Python stormed through this territory with fierce farce. Here there's little farce, just a fusillade of flaccid dick jokes.
Not everything Judd Apatow touches is gold.
| June 26, 2009
After The Daytrippers . . .
Greg Mottola didn't make a film for 11 years after his 1997 debut feature, The Daytrippers, caused a small ripple in the indie world.
| March 31, 2009
Judd Apatow and Friends
Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen, and Jonah Hill are questionable enough to begin with on their physical merits, but they make our list mainly because we're completely sick of getting inundated with their advertisements. Apatow gets bonus Unsexy points for the ri
Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen, and Jonah Hill are questionable enough to begin with on their physical merits, but they make our list mainly because we're completely sick of getting inundated with their advertisements. Apatow gets bonus Unsexy points for the right-wing current bubbling beneath his films; and while James Franco, Paul Rudd, and Jason Segel seem like great dudes, they're unsexy by association.
Boston Phoenix Staff
| March 26, 2009
The Year of the Nerd
Barack Obama is many things. Dedicated senator. Devoted husband and father. Adept orator. President-elect. Nerd.
Screw the jocks and prom queens — in 2008, geeks took control of entertainment, pro sports . . . even the White House
| December 23, 2008
The movie, populated by improv/stand-up veterans in supporting roles, is more about its episodic parts than about the cinematic whole they yield.
A respectably quirky buddy flick
| November 05, 2008
Zack and Miri Make a Porno
Kevin Smith’s ear for raunch is as piquant as ever, but he’s moved beyond his usual unconvincing leads to Judd Apatow regulars Rogen and Craig Robinson.
Full of raunch and snappy dialogue
| October 28, 2008
On-campus concerts — for us graduates or college abstainers — offer a lot to complain about, but it’s worth taking a chance on a college gig or two this year.
College rock hits the campus circuit
| October 16, 2008
Pineapple Express is the movie Knocked Up might have been had it not copped out.
No guilt trips in Pineapple Express
| August 05, 2008
Simon Pegg is funny.
Spaced makes it to DVD
| August 05, 2008
Step Brothers should answer any doubts as to whether Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are cinema’s reigning lovable losers.
Farting sets the standard of good taste
| July 23, 2008
This is the stoner comedy that might make people take adolescence — and getting stoned — seriously again.
The Wackness looks back in languor
| July 09, 2008
You Don't Mess with the Zohan
The funniest moment in this benighted Judd Apatow project was in the trailer.
Bad accents and infantile humor
| June 04, 2008
What Happens in Vegas
Despite its aching predictability, Kutcher’s clunkiness, and Tom Vaughan’s jerky direction, the film and the couple actually grow on you — mostly thanks to Diaz.
Clunky and predictable
| May 14, 2008
“Ashlee Simpson’s new album sold so poorly,” snorted the headline on Yahoo! this past week, that “it was beaten by a comedy album.”
As the AltCom Festival arrives at the Somerville Theatre, we look at the roots of the indie comedy boom.
| May 07, 2008
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Judd Apatow gave the dick joke a shot of Viagra in Knocked Up and Superbad .
A limp comedic effort
| April 16, 2008
Early on in this Owen Wilson vehicle, someone says, “I got an old saying for you: you can’t polish a turd.” Indeed.
Leftovers from the '80s
| March 19, 2008
Dance, Monkey: Erin Judge
Knocked Around: Superbad II , wherein Jonah Hill loves Michael Cera so much, it hurts.
We put a comic on the hot seat
SARA FAITH ALTERMAN
| January 22, 2008
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
Stupid? Sure, but laced with a strange sense of logic.
Easy jokes? Absolutely
| December 19, 2007
Granted, Sweeney Todd is a grim, violent, misanthropic musical.
‘Film Culture’ in 2007
| December 17, 2007
Rock and roles
A good number of the jokes in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story are available for your amusement right now, well ahead of the film’s December 21 theatrical-release date.
Dewey Cox and Rufus Wainwright
| December 04, 2007
I know it hasn’t escaped you how terrible comedies have gotten.
Superbad respects teens and comedy
| September 05, 2007
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