Dec. 17, 2012, 9:16 a.m. CST
...going to make a film with Will Smith's kids? The Rock and Marky Mark could play their two gay dads or something and, y'know, trouble finds them.
Dec. 17, 2012, 9:22 a.m. CST
by Michael Thompson
Dec. 17, 2012, 9:24 a.m. CST
Knocked Up, I think it was called. Let's do an entire movie with just the annoying family.
Dec. 17, 2012, 9:41 a.m. CST
Does anyone else think this demonstrates disinterested management practices? I mean, I understand that the writers for AICN probably work more as freelancers than as full-time employees, but you'd think that Harry would take the time to outline his "vision" once in awhile as well as sharing ideas for the future. It's not like AICN is some giant juggernaut, but the loosey-goosey approach seems to court an uncertain future. OFC, from the half-assed way the TB's were "revamped" and the lack of a mobile site, it's pretty cool AICN is running on autopilot.
Dec. 17, 2012, 9:42 a.m. CST
Dec. 17, 2012, 10:17 a.m. CST
by Boofalicious Washington
And 2 hours 15 minutes of this shite? El paso...
Dec. 17, 2012, 10:40 a.m. CST
Dec. 17, 2012, 10:40 a.m. CST
Sounds like Judd couldn't get the hell out of this interview fast enough.
Dec. 17, 2012, 10:47 a.m. CST
by paul burnett
Well that and we fuckin hate each other..I mean Kidd is just an obnoxious douche and don't get me started on Harry, fuckin hell he's all over the place, he's like what House would be like if he was an overweight film geek instead of a doctor, fuck man...i hate it. Anyway back to your movie.. JA...er riiiight. Capone..I am truely dreading the xmas get together i can tell you, i just know i'm gonna end up in a jail cell by the end of the night.. JA..So when i.. Capone..Fuckers. (edited from transcript) ;)
Dec. 17, 2012, 11:48 a.m. CST
by Deceased Fan
I should take the time to actually read the headlines. At least it's about Paul Rudd. I love Paul Rudd.
Dec. 17, 2012, 12:30 p.m. CST
by rakesh patel
i started reading and that line stopped me in my tracks. i loved this site having spent over 10 years on here and its the talk backs that make it, simply because you guys know your shit. But this site has become bullshit. the fucking heart is gone and i'm coming to the conclusion that all good things must come to and end. I am seriously considering creating my own site, but i don't know any insiders in the biz.. but looking at the news items here that seem to appear elsewhere first i don't think that too many people are bothered about it. Maybe i should re watch jerry maguire again before i ask who wants to come with me.
Dec. 17, 2012, 12:30 p.m. CST
Once again, Hollywood skips Gen X and goes straight from Boomer shit to Millenial shit.
Dec. 17, 2012, 1:35 p.m. CST
The things some people do to assure themselves at least 1 good review.
Dec. 17, 2012, 1:51 p.m. CST
Average at best talent, yet gets all the credit for the producing, writing, acting, and improvisation of others
Dec. 17, 2012, 2:03 p.m. CST
Dec. 17, 2012, 4:10 p.m. CST
Yayyy, 2 and a half hours of bad dick jokes, even more bad poop jokes, and people acting all "crazy" when stoned. Add in his stupid kids and extremely annoying wife and you get a movie that I wouldn't watch if they paid me to.
Dec. 17, 2012, 5:56 p.m. CST
Dec. 17, 2012, 7:12 p.m. CST
by Fish Tank
Loooooooove her. Funny and sexy as hell.
Dec. 17, 2012, 8:20 p.m. CST
Capone's view on AICN or the fact that he made the subtext that speaks volumes...be vocalised and go public. Its as if he wants everyone, the staff and the readers to know...for whistleblowing? For "fuck it, i'm announcing my resignation tomorrow anyway"? Mutiny? I expected more of a community and constant discourse within AICN. Reminds me of when Metallica went and saw that greedy shrink in Some Kind Of Monster. Don't see that that guy, but by all means AICN, gets some group therapy or have a picnic or something.
Dec. 17, 2012, 9:08 p.m. CST
but this film is one of them. Leslie Mann is torturous to watch...never funny and one of the most grating voices.
Dec. 17, 2012, 9:12 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
And the extended cut of the film is already over 130 minutes! Apatow reaches Tarantino/Jackson levels of insanity of just letting the camera roll and filling every little narrative whim that bubbles up from his imagination. Virgin actually played well at it's length (for a movie about a character all weirded out and repressed by sex, it made sense for it to run longer than 90 minutes), but Apatow's films since then are just unreasonably overlong. I never even bothered with Funny People, for the double-whammy of the Sandler Taint and the fact that the threatrical cut was literally about 150 minutes.
Dec. 17, 2012, 9:32 p.m. CST
I'm already looking into it. Got bids for site design and everything. Definitely for sometime in February or March of next year, I want to do SOMETHING. I just don't want to do it alone... need a group of other writers and such, as aintitbalenews and werewolves on the moon have done, so we consistently have content. Just sucks cause I'm in literally the worst time ever at work (a big reality tv show, finishing against air every week), and I WANT to do this, but the schedule has to open a bit or we just need a group of people where we divide up writing and planning duties. Get in touch with me at cine229 at gmail dotcom if you're interested in getting together on this. Same goes for anyone else.
Dec. 17, 2012, 9:36 p.m. CST
been stricken from the review. It says something that he left it in, like Taylor Kitschs Rectal whatever said. A low point has definitely been hit in the last few weeks... it was the app talkback, the deleted articles, Harry's flippant response about it, BNAT, and now this... Like Buffalo Springfield said, "There's something happenin' here... what it is ain't exactly clear."
Dec. 17, 2012, 10:12 p.m. CST
by golden tribw
Dec. 17, 2012, 11:05 p.m. CST
"Pete" and "Debbie" both live in a house that's at least worth three million dollars and their kids go to private school. The daughters both have all the newest technology and the "getaway" Pete and Debbie go on is an expensive hotel most people would only be able to go to if it was their Honeymoon. They're both also very attractive and don't look like a majority of other forty-year olds. Are we really supposed to overlook these things because they're forty and have kids? Are we supposed to think Mann isn't as attractive as Megan Fox? That Rudd looks like the "Everyman"? That people who could sell their house and become multi-millionaires are really having "money troubles"? When I was growing up, I remember one of the biggest issues was having your kids being raised by television/media. There was a campaign to prevent that from happening. Reading and listening to people I know neither look nor are as financially stable as the characters in this movie claim that it STILL somehow represents their life, makes me believe that we've not only been successfully raised by the media, but are not even questioning doing the same to younger generations. Debbie tries to take away her children's media outlets, but it feels forced and make believe. As if the film makers want to get credit for supporting the idea of raising children in the real world, while also insisting that their generalized version of reality is still accurate. A movie for grown ups dealing with forty year olds questioning life used to be GRAND CANYON. Now something like this is supposed to be thought-provoking serious entertainment? Comedies used to be the bullhorn for the working class. Albert Brooks' own MODERN ROMANCE had a lead who worked as a movie sound effect guy. But, he didn't live in a million dollar mansion. CADDYSHACK, STRIPES, ANIMAL HOUSE were about the lower income classes dealing with and fighting back against the upper classes. Even black comedies like THE LAST DETAIL dealt with social class. Pete and Debbie used to be the villains of comedies - Even during the Reagan era. Has "Yuppie" become a bad word? Because today in America there are still a lot less yuppies than there are workers. Have we completely let television in doctorate us to think its the other way around?
Dec. 18, 2012, 3:02 a.m. CST
whether their kid will get his/her own reality show or not.
Dec. 18, 2012, 8:24 a.m. CST
You know the movie about the mexican maid and those problems we can all relate to wth having maids.You know the language thing. ha ha hilarious! Maids to clean up our stuff , because we all have maids in reality :-) <p>Whats with the product placement in these movies! Itunes??? MySpace??? fuck me they shoehorn Apple products into every gawddamn movie,IPAD INTO THE POSTER OF THE MOVIE<p> APPLE? the scum of the multinational company world? <p>Fuckinhell!!!
Dec. 18, 2012, 9:03 a.m. CST
Seriously? Is Judd making Paul Reubens rewrite it daily for the perfect character arc?
Dec. 18, 2012, 9:23 a.m. CST
Dec. 18, 2012, 9:25 a.m. CST
live under to aspire to a better life.
Dec. 18, 2012, 9:25 a.m. CST
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by Bedknobs and Boomsticks
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Dec. 18, 2012, 9:36 a.m. CST
But then again, I didn't see "Knocked Up" because that looked awful too. So I guess I am not who they are shooting for. But I am approaching this age (in 2 years I will be 40), and I have to tell you that nothing about this movie looks appealing.
Dec. 18, 2012, 9:38 a.m. CST
Dec. 18, 2012, 9:59 a.m. CST
Looks like a coming of age film, for the middle age. Sweet and happy. Not at all centered around a pair of people forcing themselves to be in the same room as the other. That's a film I'd actually want to see.
Dec. 18, 2012, 10:12 a.m. CST
You read so much into my throwaway comment about the AICN staffers not talking to each other. I just meant that we each work fairly independent of each other, as has been the case for the entire 14 years I've been with the site. Of course we talk to each other; we just don't sit around talking about the site all the time. We talk about movies; you guys should take a hint.
Dec. 18, 2012, 10:31 a.m. CST
by paul burnett
Dec. 18, 2012, 10:38 a.m. CST
what a diss at the end!
Dec. 18, 2012, 10:47 a.m. CST
by Deceased Fan
Leslie Mann is a beautiful woman. Judd Apatow is lucky to have her.
Dec. 18, 2012, 11:24 a.m. CST
by Judge Briggs
Great insight and well said ... This is one of the reasons I can't stand movies like this - the belief factor. Rich, white family ... going through meh, petty problems. Give me something like 'Friday Night Lights' the series any day over drivel like this ...
Dec. 18, 2012, 11:30 a.m. CST
by Judge Briggs
I can't even come to it with my iPhone or iPad without some video autoplaying. Why isn't Harry or management laying out a vision for this site?
Dec. 18, 2012, 11:33 a.m. CST
so once a person accumulates a certain amount of money they become devoid of all sympathy or identifiable human emotion? Rich people have no plight? And rich people can't be funny?
Dec. 18, 2012, 11:49 a.m. CST
The problem with your theory is that the biggest problem this couple is dealing with is that they're basically broke because Pete's indie record label is a failure. They had money when he worked for a label, but now they don't. Plus, Debbie's store isn't making money because an employee is stealing from her. I'm not saying it's the noblest of problems, but it's not the way you lay it out. And whatever their financial situation is, it's not really the basis of any of the film's humor. Did you actually see this movie? If so, did you retain any of the details?
Dec. 18, 2012, 12:05 p.m. CST
Rich people: The Corleons The burnams(american beauty) Jay Gatsby (forget where he's from) The Kramers That old chick from great expectations Bruce Wayne One could actually argue that it's easier and cheap to make a sympathetic poor person protagonist...their plight being so obvious and superficially sympathetic. It's a lay-up.
Dec. 18, 2012, 1:33 p.m. CST
by Fart Vader
Also, Richard Gervais would make a fine Ghandolf.
Dec. 18, 2012, 2:18 p.m. CST
Dec. 18, 2012, 2:47 p.m. CST
you end up making a sack of shit for a movie.
Dec. 18, 2012, 2:54 p.m. CST
Does anyone else hire his wife? I only seem to hear about her when she's in one of Judd's pictures. She is thoroughly mediocre. Why doesn't Judd get a great actress for his movies instead? It's like he needs an intervention or something. Would she divorce him if he hired someone more talented and thus better for the film? Would she start sleeping with other directors to get juicy roles in their films? It's like if Kathy Kennedy deciding to hire Frank Marshall to direct all the new Star Wars movies. Leslie Mann is Judd Apatow's Yoko Ono. In fact, it's like if John Lennon never met Paul McCartney but met Yoko Ono and made some songs with her and thought to himself "this is the greatest music I am capable of. There is no better artistic collaborator in the world for me than this woman who screams her fucking head off for three quarters of an hour." Crazy. And his kids aren't very good either. I guess it's sweet that he wants his kids nearby whilst he works (and that has to be the reason why they end up in his films since again it clearly doesn't come down to a talent issue) but couldn't they just chill behind the scenes somewhere? But anyway, back to Leslie Mann; everyone knows that she only gets these parts because she's the wife of the director. She's a joke and a leech. It amuses me that she kept her own name, like as if a) she was anybody before marrying Judd and b) so as not to be seen relying on the Apatow name or whatever. Like, nobody is fooled, you moron.
Dec. 18, 2012, 3:03 p.m. CST
Dec. 18, 2012, 3:53 p.m. CST
Pee Wee has grown up. He has long put away his talking chair, his cool bicycle, and his silly friends who used to come by and visit. Now he has a wife (Mann) and a couple of kids (Apatow brood) who take up all his time and energy. Poor Pee Wee needs a break. He decides to escape back into the fantasy life that used to the lifestyle that he has put behind him. His return to the Playhouse is similar to the story we got in Hook when Peter returns to Neverland as an adult. But he soon learns that a great evil has transpired while he was away. There is an evil Pee Wee doppleganger that was trapped in the Playhouse universe. When he returns the evil twin goes back to our world and kidnaps his family. Now Pee Wee must go on a quest to find his old friend the Genie and return to our world with his friends to stop evil Pee Wees plans.
Dec. 18, 2012, 4:17 p.m. CST
Dec. 18, 2012, 5:28 p.m. CST
Will Bono get credit for the movie title, since it comes straight from their Under A Blood Red Sky live at Red Rocks 1983 album. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7-RTCDyjpk
Dec. 18, 2012, 6:08 p.m. CST
Dec. 18, 2012, 6:16 p.m. CST
I need to start a TIL Reddit post now.
Dec. 18, 2012, 7:08 p.m. CST
by Deceased Fan
Ultratron is thrilled that we are talking about Ultratron.
Dec. 18, 2012, 8:03 p.m. CST
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by Deceased Fan
Dec. 19, 2012, 12:14 a.m. CST
I am shocked and pleasantly suprised . I woulda never thunk female ... Hell does she kiss her hubby with that mouth ? Has anyone seen her? Does anyone know what she does for a living? Im guessing truck driver, welder, or stripper.
Dec. 19, 2012, 5:04 a.m. CST
by Hugh Gustavus
Dec. 19, 2012, 9:16 a.m. CST
an image of Sylvester Stallone on the muppets. Somewhere between my love of an old pair of faded khakis and some cheese that you have to cut the mold off and you can tell the texture is starting to change but you still can eat it -it's just not as good. Does that make any sense? I think I got this way through my experiences in Mexico. I was there to learn the language. I never learned a word because I was raped the whole time.
Dec. 19, 2012, 10:52 a.m. CST
the kids called me Choda because it looked like a combination of Chewbacca and Yoda's walk. The cruel children are responsible for the UltraTron.
Dec. 19, 2012, 1:38 p.m. CST
with her to share her knowledge of fashion and her outlook on life. Ruth Buzzi: Proto-genesis of ultratron. Think of me a humunculous of Ruth Buzzi.
Dec. 19, 2012, 1:47 p.m. CST
Dec. 19, 2012, 1:51 p.m. CST
best sperm out of a whole bunch. I remember the day like it was yesterday. None of the other sperm believed me when I told them what to expect. They all thought I had just been watching too many woody Allen movies.
Dec. 19, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST
a mindset that would one day enable me to.. Hold I on I have to deal with some shit. Anyways I'm here on Tuesdays and you can find me at the Denny's on 8th and Martin. I do improv with shadow puppets in the parking lot. Saturdays in the old subway tunnel in the trains district
Dec. 19, 2012, 3:08 p.m. CST
proud of it but there it is. It is what it is. I'm pretty sure it was on the forth of July because I remember fireworks.
Dec. 19, 2012, 3:08 p.m. CST
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Dec. 19, 2012, 5:35 p.m. CST
In a Military Industrial Complex, how you look and how much you make DOES make you different than everyone else. Its the very foundation that American Captialism is built on. Am I the only one who gets uncomfortable whenever normal, everyday people point at movies (particularly ones with rich, beautiful characters) and proclaim how similar they are to their lives? The school shooting that just happened in Conneticut revealed a very dark side to this phenomon. Almost everyone interviewed during and after began the conversation with "As a parent...". This is geniunely disturbing to me because it suggests that only someone who has children themselves could understand the horror of a child being gunned down. Have we become so desperate to feel important and special that we insist, sometimes in anger, that people are less human beings just because they haven't followed the same social routines? I understand how good it might feel to believe you are doing what you're "supposed" to do, and that makes you better than someone who isn't. But, to go so far as to think you're a more profound human being is scary. Reacting to movies like THIS IS 40 with the same type of confirmation evolves into the reactions I've been seeing this past week in relation to a very real situation. Even if someone made the same as you, looked like you, had the same lifestyle as you, etc. You would still be completely different. Only animals can be compared and contrasted in such a way. Human beings have literally evolved past such generalizations. What's interesting is that this whole "movement" in insisting how similar we are to the rich is a direct result of the George W. Bush era. Apatow's television work in the early part of the millenium contained characters linked to the Middle-Class and suburbs. Now, gradually, with each of his motion pictures he's made them more and more priviledged. Personally, he's always been well-off, continously working in the industry; Its not as if he's suddenly come into money and this is a natural progression from that. So, if what "Pete" and "Debbie" go through is so universal and doesn't have to do with their money and looks, then why do they have to live in such posh surroundings? Why couldn't they live in a typical suburb? Their kids go to a public school? I've read people comparing THIS IS 40 to SPANGLISH, which was written and directed by James L. Brooks. Its an interesting comparison considering how his own movies have progressed in the same manor as Apatow's in terms of how privledged the characters are; TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, Brooks' first major film, dealt with Debra Winger's character's life. While Shirley Maclaine's character (who plays Winger's mother) was relatively well-off, Winger lived in a common neighborhood and house, and when her health began to detoriate, medical costs was actually given acknowledgement. HOW DO YOU KNOW (which also starred Paul Rudd), Brooks' most recent film, dealt with professional ball players and Rudd's character's family is Upper-Class. Why have the rich become such heroes? Is it because during a recession, its easy to romanticize those who have more? Why are we so eager to proclaim how similar we are to the movies we watch today? In the documentary A DECADE UNDER THE INFLUENCE, Polly Platt talked about how she would watch the Doris Day/Rock Hudson movies of the sixties and think to herself how different her life was compared to them. How her parents and some of the people she knew would discuss how accurate and edgy those movies were, and how she completely disagreed with them. That the great-looking Day and Hudson living in expensive apartments had no relation to her or her own generation's lives. The new wave of American film making that happened in the late sixties and first part of the seventies derived from those same feelings Platt had, imo. Today, it feels the consensus is the complete opposite. Where Platt's generation mocked and ridiculed the supposed "mirrors" movies and television shows were holding up to the public, we embrace and confirm. Where Platt's generation recoiled from the depictions of "everyday life" in the media, we desperately cling to. It should be no surprise of the large gap in quality between the movies of then and now.
Dec. 19, 2012, 11:04 p.m. CST
necessary to run a business. Dig?
Dec. 19, 2012, 11:06 p.m. CST
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Dec. 19, 2012, 11:19 p.m. CST
a lower pay rate and still live about the same lifestyle. I create many jobs and it's basically a direct result of my passion and personality. I just want to keep on expanding for the good of mankind. What I do is the spice. We need this stuff.
Dec. 19, 2012, 11:26 p.m. CST
Everything handed to them are 1%. Now fuck the fuck off. Spend the time you wrote that half comprehensible shit on learning how to get ahead.
Dec. 19, 2012, 11:34 p.m. CST
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