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Creator / Judd Apatow

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Judd Apatow (born December 6, 1967) is an American screenwriter turned TV writer turned screenwriter turned director turned "mayor of comedy."

Prior to his film career, he was responsible for shows like Undeclared and Freaks and Geeks, as well as a notorious Flame War with former friend and fellow The Ben Stiller Show alumnus Mark Brazill (creator of That '70s Show). His career really exploded, however, after the runaway success of The 40-Year-Old Virgin, to the point where it's hard to find a recent mainstream comedy that isn't in some way associated with him or influenced by his brand of comedy. As John Hughes was to The '80s, Apatow is to present day comedy.

Apatow is inordinately fond of improv (full scenes are often entirely improvised by the cast), profanity, stoner humor, sex jokes, and gratuitous nudity (male nudity, more often than not). His characters are usually average Joes who learn to connect with either women or their male buddies, leading some people to call these films romantic comedies for men — "bromances," if you will. He has occasionally been accused of sexism, towards both women (as shown by Katherine Heigl's complaints regarding the portrayal of her character in Knocked Up) and men. Often for the same film.

This video parodies the tropes employed by Apatow's films. Genres: Romantic Comedy, Sex Comedy, Dramedy, Bromantic Comedy.

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He tends to work with many of the same actors many of whom starred in his earlier shows, a who's who of comedy that includes:

Tropes Associated With Apatow's Films

  • Grey and Gray Morality: Many characters can have flaws or show some selfish [1] sides but nobody is without any level of decency or humanity.
  • Growing Up Sucks: His tv shows in particular often feature immature people in more mature situations and how they change him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Many characters in his shows and movies portray many Jerk Ass qualities including being self-centered and often immature but not a single character goes without some form of genuine redeeming quality.
    • A particular standout is the show he produced Series/Girls, in which almost every character portrays some elements of jerkiness but nobody is without some sympathetic element.
  • Signature Style: Judd Apatow makes comedies with drama, heart,... and a ton of vulgar, sex, and stoner jokes.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: It arguably could rely somewhat on the cynical end but it still has a lot of heart, making his films somewhere in the middle.