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Review: She’s Out Of My League

Can TSA employees really be as bad at screening travelers as the ones in Jim Field Smith's comedy?
Earns a zero for originality
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 19, 2010
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Review: Youth In Revolt

Juno continues to poison American independent cinema.
Michael Cera hardly revolutionary
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 08, 2010
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Review: Whip It

Add a dash of the sad beauty contests and kooky, dysfunctional family of Little Miss Sunshine to a helping of the bogus hipness and overexposed star of Juno and whip it good and you get an idea of why Drew Barrymore's directorial debut falls flat as
Drew Barrymore's directorial debut falls flat
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 02, 2009
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Review: Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself

Tyler Perry's latest crackles with electricity, thanks to heaps of boffo acting talent, high-octane musical interludes, and the most easy-to-root-for electrocution scene since Ernest Goes to Jail.
Tyler Perry's latest is not so bad at all, really
By SHAULA CLARK  |  September 18, 2009
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Review: Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself

Tyler Perry's latest crackles with electricity, thanks to heaps of boffo acting talent, high-octane musical interludes, and the most easy-to-root-for electrocution scene since Ernest Goes to Jail.
Tyler Perry's latest is not so bad at all, really
By SHAULA CLARK  |  September 18, 2009
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Review: Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself

Tyler Perry's latest crackles with electricity, thanks to heaps of boffo acting talent, high-octane musical interludes, and the most easy-to-root-for electrocution scene since Ernest Goes to Jail.
Tyler Perry's latest is not so bad at all, really
By SHAULA CLARK  |  September 18, 2009


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Review: Jennifer's Body

You are no doubt approaching Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody's new venture into horror comedy with gritted teeth, expecting the cinematic equivalent of being bludgeoned into a bloody pulp by an adorable novelty hamburger phone spewing snappy quips out
Diablo Cody's exquisite corpse
By SHAULA CLARK  |  September 18, 2009
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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: (500) Days of Summer

"This is not a love story," (500) Days of Summer 's disembodied narrator tells us. That's mostly a lie.
An odd romantic comedy, but a romantic comedy nonetheless
By SHAULA CLARK  |  July 17, 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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Review: Imagine That

Eddie Murphy proves he doesn't need a fat suit to play soft in Karey Kirkpatrick's surprisingly nuanced family comedy.
Forces you to follow its eponymous directive
By ALICIA POTTER  |  June 12, 2009
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Review: World's Greatest Dad

Robin Williams is Will Hunting good in Bobcat Goldthwait's dark comedy about a failed novelist whose fantasy of becoming a literary lion comes true in a way that's just plain wrong.
You've read the mug — now see the movie!
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  April 17, 2009
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Review: Observe and Report

Jody Hill's ambiguous and unsettling film is a comedy about law enforcement in much the same way that Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy is a comedy about comedy.
Seth Rogen calls security
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 10, 2009
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Observe and distort

Great filmmaker though he is, Martin Scorsese isn't the first name that comes to mind when you think about comedy genius. But Jody Hill, traces his inspiration in part back to his first viewing of Taxi Driver .
Jody Hill on the King of Comedy and Seth Rogen
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 10, 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
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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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Brief fling

Carole Lombard rose to stardom in 1934 and was dead by 1942, killed in a plane crash on her way back from selling war bonds; her last picture, Ernst Lubitsch’s To Be or Not To Be , was released posthumously.  
Carole Lombard’s nine years of stardom
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  October 08, 2008
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How To Lose Friends & Alienate People

British comics Rich Gervais and Simon Pegg have attempted the jump to Hollywood, opting to squeeze their eccentric personae into a standard romantic comedy.  
Lesson learned, but no laughs
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 01, 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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Elsa y Fred | Elsa + Fred

Set in modern-day Madrid, Marco Carnevale’s gentle romantic comedy slaps two touchstone images from Italian cinema on the screen.
Geriatric hijinks abound
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  July 16, 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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The awful truth

Among the signal directors of 1930s comedies — one thinks of Frank Capra, Howard Hawks, Ernst Lubitsch, and George Cukor — Leo McCarey’s name has been largely forgotten.
Leo McCarey was better in the ’30s
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  June 02, 2008
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Tuya's Marriage

Although it begins and ends with a tragically ambiguous image, Wang Quan’an’s film might be the closest thing that Mongolian cinema will ever get to a romantic comedy.
An unforgettable heroine
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 28, 2008
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Son of Rambow

Funnier than anything in this vaguely dark comedy is the thought of Stallone sitting through it.
A pint-sized Be Kind Rewind
By ROB NELSON  |  May 07, 2008


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Made of Honor

Paul Weiland’s Made of Honor is not your usual formulaic romantic comedy: it’s stupid, its leading man is unlikable, and its jokes are unfunny and sometimes cruel.
Scottish-related gags and other dumb stuff
By ELIZABETH FLOCK  |  May 07, 2008
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Baby Mama

Not even SNL’s whipsmart Tina Fey and Amy Poehler can save writer/director Michael McCuller’s pregnancy comedy from its fate as another condescending, self-congratulatory fantasy of maternal bliss.
Largely laugh-barren
By ALICIA POTTER  |  April 23, 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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Spring brakes

Funny how spring movies can mirror the options of spring break.
Spring Arts Preview: Some diversions before the summer onslaught
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 10, 2008