Judd Apatow is a name that is synonymous with comedy, in both TV and film, with directing credits for, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and my favourite of his, Funny People. His work as a producer though is prolific, and he has been behind so many other great comedies that it’s pointless to list them, though Bridesmaids and Superbad are two of his best. He hasn’t always been on the money though, with his directing, as This Is 40 is a bit of a bloated mess. 3 good films from 4 is still a good hit rate, and with his 5th coming out, meant I was excited to see what he did this time.
What made this film even more interesting to see, if not the main reason why I wanted to see it, was that it was written and stared Amy Schumer, who only came to my attention a few months back with her hilarious skits from the Comedy Central show, Inside Amy Schumer. Even though that show has been around for a few years, it seems to have only started to get mainstream audiences interested recently, and with a film with her starring coming out, couldn’t have been any better timing.
The film itself was pretty damn good, though it’s not my favourite of Apatow’s work, and Schumer nailed her roll, but sometimes the writing felt a little bloated, though that could be more down to the editing process than anything. There were heaps of great one-liners, I can’t think of even one dead joke, and all up it was a fun night out. It had its weak parts though, and the ending seemed to take the film from being ‘believable’ right up to that point, and turned it into a little on the filmic surreal Hollywood kind of thing.
8.5 out of 10 from me!!!