Let's not kid ourselves about this. Part of consuming Hollywood entertainment is that, on some level, we like these people. It's strange, but I probably like Tina Fey and Paul Rudd more than actual live humans I've met and have to deal with on a regular basis. Yes, I recognize that I only know them through the characters they play (and that includes their "as themselves" appearances on Letterman's couch or the Golden Globes stage) but their finely sculpted personas of vibrant, clever, likable people automatically gives them lift in any project they choose. When they star together in 'Admission' - a romantic comedy that is just a little bit smarter than the other leading brands - and one where they find a degree of happiness together, well, this puts the movie far off the likability charts.
There are few feature filmmakers harder to pin down than David Gordon Green. He was among the first to be branded "Malick-esque" with his dreamy character drama 'George Washington' in 2000. He later dovetailed into "bro comedies" from the well-received ('Pineapple Express') to the universally reviled ('The Sitter'). There has been other comedy work that I've admired, like his episodes of 'Eastbound & Down' and the under-appreciated 'Your Highness' but it is only with his latest, 'Prince Avalanche,' that he's been able to marry his early, poetic voice with his dark humor.
'This is 40,' the latest from Judd Apatow, hit theaters this past weekend and it was a riot, especially for those who were already fans of the semi-prequel 'Knocked Up.' Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann reprised their roles from the Seth Rogan and Kathryn Heigel-starring flick as the hysterically semi-dysfunctional married couple. If you didn't get a chance to make it to theaters this past week, (apparently some people like to be with their families around this time -- who knew?) now's your chance to take your peek with this newly released 'This is 40' deleted scene.
Over the years, you've seen Triumph the Insult Comic Dog on Conan O'Brien's shows but now the man behind Triumph, comedian Robert Smigel, has a supporting role in Judd Apatow's 'This is 40.' And, of course, Smigel brought Triumph along and had him talk to the cast of the film including Paul Rudd and Megan Fox. Hilarity ensues.
The transition from ‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin’ to ‘This is 40’ has been an interesting one for Judd Apatow. After doing some really personal work on television’s ‘Freaks and Geeks’ -- and getting almost immediately cancelled when no one watched it -- he became a major name in cinematic comedy with the big, broad ‘Virgin,’ a film about a man trying to end decades of sexual starvation. He followed that up with ‘Knocked Up,’ about a young stoner who learns the perils of impregnating Katherine Heigl -- whose sister was played by Leslie Mann, Apatow’s real-life wife, and whose nieces were played by Maude and Iris Apatow, Apatow and Mann’s real-life daughters. While most of the movie was about Seth Rogen and Heigl’s wacky babywaiting shenanigans, there was that small percentage of observational family life comedy with Mann, the junior Apatows, and Paul Rudd, ostensibly playing Judd. It was some of the best stuff in the film, and it pointed the way forward.
It's the rare couple that can get into specifics about how they would kill each other while talking about how much they love each other. But that's Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann in 'This is 40' and despite being madly in love, they still sort of hate each other sometimes. Sound familiar? Then you might like this movie.
A Princeton admissions officer Portia Nathan visits an unconventional school of kids and meets the boy she may have given up for adoption while she herself was in college.