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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.

By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 21, 2012
Review: Mansome

Review: Mansome

Morgan Spurlock's latest nonthreatening documentary fails to find much point in its subject: men's grooming.
Morgan Spurlock's latest documentary
By  |  May 12, 2012
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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
Money man
By SEAN KERRIGAN  |  September 23, 2011
Interview with Kristen Wiig

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...
By Peter Keough  |  May 10, 2011
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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
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 04, 2010
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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.
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  May 07, 2010


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Bottle rocket

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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 07, 2009

Wicked Funny

Judd Apatow pulls no punchlines
Judd Apatow pulls no punchlines
By LANCE GOULD  |  July 31, 2009
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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
By LANCE GOULD  |  July 31, 2009
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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.
By TOM MEEK  |  June 26, 2009
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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.
Mottola explains
By PETER KEOUGH  |  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.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009
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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
By RYAN STEWART  |  December 23, 2008
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Role Models

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
By PETER HYMAN  |  November 05, 2008
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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
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 28, 2008
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Hipster University

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
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 16, 2008


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Pot luck

Pineapple Express is the movie Knocked Up might have been had it not copped out.
No guilt trips in Pineapple Express
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 05, 2008
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Found farce

Simon Pegg is funny.
Spaced makes it to DVD
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 05, 2008
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Step Brothers

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
By TOM MEEK  |  July 23, 2008
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Beyond therapy

This is the stoner comedy that might make people take adolescence — and getting stoned — seriously again.
The Wackness looks back in languor
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 09, 2008
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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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 04, 2008


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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
By TOM MEEK  |  May 14, 2008
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Funny business

“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.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 07, 2008
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Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Judd Apatow gave the dick joke a shot of Viagra in Knocked Up and Superbad .
A limp comedic effort
By TOM MEEK  |  April 16, 2008
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Drillbit Taylor

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
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 19, 2008
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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
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  January 22, 2008


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Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Stupid? Sure, but laced with a strange sense of logic.
Easy jokes? Absolutely
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 19, 2007
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Auteur land?

Granted, Sweeney Todd is a grim, violent, misanthropic musical.
‘Film Culture’ in 2007
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 17, 2007
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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
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  December 04, 2007
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Comic relief

I know it hasn’t escaped you how terrible comedies have gotten.
Superbad  respects teens and comedy
By CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  September 05, 2007