A talented screenwriter/producer whose television work is often critically praised before being prematurely canceled, Judd Apatow has a dedicated fan base that has nevertheless continued to grow thanks to such winning efforts as The Ben Stiller Show and Freaks and Geeks. Work on a high-school radio show offered the showbiz hopeful his first taste of success, and in the years following his high-school graduation, the quick-witted aspiring standup comedian hit the comedy circuit to generally positive notice. Apatow’s act eventually became a staple of FOX’s Comic Strip Live, and when the series was canceled in 1994, he opted to shift his focus toward writing and producing. Though he had already achieved some amount of notoriety as a result of his involvement with such efforts as The Larry Sanders Show and The Ben Stiller Show, Apatow began to move into feature territory as the writer and executive producer of Heavyweights and Celtic Pride. Though neither film proved a hit at the box office… read more
Iconographic Apatow Juxtaposition: Seth Rogen's pudgy Ben wrestles to leave a child's pretend 'playhouse,' yet Leslie Mann's Debbie sneers from within her 'real' adult house. Only Rogen leaves the domestic space for a healthy interaction with children.
(Originally written June 25, 2007)
My brother and I always talk about the episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air with uncomfortably serious scenes — Will takes the bullet for Carlton, Will… read review