What Went Wrong With… Judd Apatow (& Lena Dunham)?

A caricature of Judd Apatow by What Went Wrong Or Right With...?

Judd Apatow: a producer of lacklustre humdrum comedies which for some unfathomable reason are hugely successful.

His portfolio includes scripts which, in an attempt to portray real life speech, are filled with staccato lines and awkward moments between awkward people. The result is not-that-comedic comedies and not-that-entertaining entertainment filled with not-that-talented talent. He has slowly filled Hollywood with dull-looking, dull-acting actors who you wouldn’t even recognise if they were in front of you holding their headshot. He has inflicted us with the likes of Jason Segel and Paul Rudd, who with their complete lack of charisma make Hollywood films look about as exciting as a speech at an Accountants’ convention.

Apatow is also responsible for unleashing the similarly overrated yet bland as fuck Lena Dunham and her wannabe edgy, but casually racist, narcolepsy-inducing Girls, a show as drab and uninteresting as the writer and star herself, who I would caricature if it wasn’t for the fact that she has no memorable features to her bland, bloated, face. The only generation she speaks for is the white and wealthy offspring of talentless hacks like Apatow himself.

Judd Apatow is now a byword for mediocre tales of middle-class banality. Seeing his name in the opening credits of a film or TV show pretty much guarantees a dull (usually frat-pack-filled) outing focussing on the mundanities of white, middle-aged, middle-American life. After viewing any of the flicks from his filmography, you wish you could un-watch all you have had the unfortunate misfortune of watching. Anybody who claims to enjoy his cinematic efforts are usually as dismal and dreary as the celluloid on offer.

Judd Apatow: still writing and producing, even though nobody is laughing.

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  1. I must be the lucky one escaping most of his lame productions. 40 Year Old Virgin, what was that!!!?? The trailer was enough to put you off, well if you had any sense. Sense of humour that is. But now for the confession…I watched Bridesmaids!!!???!!!! I wasted 2 hours of my life, I’ll never get that back, he and his fans have zero sense of humour…but you put that across far better than I. Keep writing 🙂

  2. That all may be true (am more on your side after what I read on this page) though I haven’t seen these movies, except for “Bridesmaids” (which I admit I enjoyed and liked – didn’t see that coming myself). But he gave me/us “Freaks and Geeks”, which is a high quality show. That maybe his M. Night Shamalamasomething One Hit Wonder but it counts for something. I am not a big fan of these mainstream “we are so funny” comedy movies anyway, so no surprise that I have avoided them successfully. Would be interested in your opinion about FandG, which is a cult favorite for the right reasons.

    • Personally, I think Judd Apatow is responsible for a couple of good shows. He produced/co-wrote the Larry Sanders Show and also The Critic; both of which were quite funny. I only watched the first episode of Freaks and Geeks, but didn’t like it. First of all, it did not look like 1980, and it seemed a contrived throwback style show. I really can’t go back and try to watch the show again, since I hate Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jason Segel so much these days. Since the millennium however, Apatow has made shitty film after shitty film. More than a decade of crap makes me forget about anything decent he may once have made. PS, even though I don’t like M Night Shyamalan’s work, I think it’s in bad taste (and also slightly racist) to mis-pronounce (on purpose) his surname.

    • Couldn’t agree more. I don’t know much about Jason Segel but Seth Rogen is one of the most overrated actors ever. He basically plays himself in every movie, obnoxious annoying fat guy that likes to annoy the piss out of the audience.

      James Franco could have been a great actor, and he definitely had the potential early on but he tends to overact and/or sleep walk through his big roles when he’s not playing those dumb “comedy” films with the other typecast actors.

  3. Sorry for the slightly racist (your opinion but I get your point) dig at Mr. M. Night Shyamalan (never knew his real name, but I can try). I see where you are coming from. I have the good luck that I didn’t watch any of these movies though I watched the complete FandG 2 years ago (after I had seen a bit of it on tv). So I wasn’t really aware of these actors. Sure I had seen some of them here and there but don’t watch HIMYM and haven’t seen anything with Seth Rogen. So I wasn’t baised. Of course you don’t have to enjoy FandG, just was interested in your opinion and wanted to say that though your critcism may have a good point, I like that show. Guess I have to wait for a “what went right with” article to find out if you like something or just could release 10 billino articles about how everything in the entire world history went wrong.^^

    • Very funny. Though it may seem that I’m trying to alienate all of my followers, I just can’t keep writing about racism if I didn’t comment on all the unintentional prejudice that goes on. That doesn’t mean I think you’re prejudice, but most cultural “mocking” which people seem to find acceptable I feel; is still derision of a different ethnicity. I don’t agree with the British for instance, when they openly stereotype the French and the Germans just because it may have been acceptable during the Second World War. Making fun of a long, unpronounceable, foreign name is a quick jibe most people resort to; and most people who use these quips are not even slightly prejudice.

      Thanks for your comments, and the fact you like Freaks And Geeks is great, even though I personally didn’t enjoy it. I hope that this proves people who are different or who have different views can still converse and get along. Peace.

    • I hope you got that I wasn’t offended and was just kidding what I wrote at the end. Just making sure, my sense of humour is a big weird. Just it was foolish of me writing that when you complain about racism and I also support your opinion. The Americans do make fun of Germany or Nazis also, today I watched an episode of Community where when Germany was mentioned, they of course had to make a Nazi remark and also they were wearing Lederhosen and Dirndl (though that’s okay and not entirely wrong, as Germany vs. USA in their “Texas vs. Bavaria” video said, Bavaria is not Germany, it’s just a part of it and though there are Nazis here still, we are not Nazis).

      That Is a bit off topic considering the real topic here but I just wanted to reply. Hope you don’t mind. I like having a serious discussion on a “I don’t like but I don’t mind” level, which isn’t always easy on the internet. I’d recommend you to watch another FandG episode but since your disliking comes from the actors and not so much the show itself, it’s helpless. I also wanted to like Jason Segel on HIMYM cos I liked his Nick Andopolis very much but HIMYM isn’t funny and I don’t like him on that show.

  4. I never found this guy’s movies funny at all. What is the obsession with the age 40? The 40 Year Old Virgin, This Is 40, etc and if it weren’t for him, Seth Rogen wouldn’t have a career, you know that is true.

    I watched Knocked Up when it first came out and I don’t understand how the movie was so positively received. The plot was basically “average joe guys to bang and knock up hot chick” and insert penis joke and OMG THIS PERSON SAID THE F WORD! THAT’S SO FUNNY! type comedy.

    American comedy is really not that funny when shit like this is what is constantly coming out. Apatow and Adam Sandler are two of the worst yet their movies always make lots and lots of money.

    • Exactly, almost his entire filmography makes 40 year old people look tired, middle-aged, dull, and “passed it”. I mean, c’mon people like Alan Rickman who got his first movie role in his forties (Die Hard) looked pretty cool. I hate this stereotype of lame 40 year olds. I remember when I turned 40 back in 1959; I was the coolest motherfucker on the block.

    • A lot of music artists can still get up to it passed the age of 40. At one point the age of 40 was meant to be someone’s prime in life. A lot of our greatest philosophers wrote their best work past the age of 40. Frank Zappa was still putting out great music far past his 40’s, Humphrey Bogart made the bulk of his most well known films past the age of 40, you could go on and on and on with this. There’s nothing wrong with reaching the age of 40, this guy has basically created that stereotype that people at 40 are “old and boring”

  5. Speaking of comedy, who do you think from Hollywood, or in Britain, are still good/decent in directing, writing and producing comedies?

    And what about Edgar Wright ? Do you reckon that he’s the only good comedic writer and director with a filmography that includes the Cornetto Trilogy: Shaun of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End?

    • I think Edgar Wright only makes/writes good comedy movies when he’s writing with Simon Pegg and vice versa (yes the Cornetto Trilogy was brilliant almost flawless comedy, except maybe for the end of World’s End which was a let down).

      Comedy has been generally good on British TV (you have to search for it however) with the likes of Morgana Robinson, Marc Wootton, Peter Serafinowicz, Robert Florence and Iain Connell, Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill, and Peter Kay’s earlier work. Filmic comedy however has nosedived into mediocrity, I have no idea who is better than Apatow, Hollywood doesn’t seem to nurture or fund genuine film comedy any more, perhaps that’s why Judd is so overrated.

  6. “…I have no idea who is better than Apatow, Hollywood doesn’t seem to nurture or fund genuine film comedy any more, perhaps that’s why Judd is so overrated.”

    Then what about Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the writing and directing duo of comedic films such as 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street and the 2014 animated film, The Lego Movie?

    • They didn’t actually write 21/22 Jump Street, they only directed them. They wrote The Lego Movie and Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 1 & 2 (Lego Movie was funny but I didn’t think much of Cloudy). They haven’t written enough comedy films to judge whether they’re consistently funny, plus their movies aren’t in the same league as Pegg/Wright who have made two, possibly three classics (not just in terms of comedy but genuine classic films of any genre).

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