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Judd Apatow Alert: Four Comedies Coming

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 19, 2008 at 5:48AM

We all know producer Judd Apatow has four movies coming up in 2008. But which ones will work at the boxoffice? By my guess, all of them. It's just a case of how high is high.
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ApatowjuddWe all know producer Judd Apatow has four movies coming up in 2008. But which ones will work at the boxoffice? By my guess, all of them. It's just a case of how high is high.

I forecast correctly that the musical biopic parody Walk Hard would fail. It was a smart comedy satire of narrow interest to a wide audience, and asked folks to spend entirely too much screen time with John C. Reilly, who is the original definition of a great actor who has to be cast in the right (co-starring) role.

Here's USA Today's interview with Apatow. And my column on Apatow before Knocked Up and Superbad opened last year.

Sight unseen, based on marketing materials and ShoWest reaction, I'm predicting the following:

BOFFO HOME RUN

Step Brothers R (dumb male comedy starring Will Ferrell and Reilly; trailer (below) is hilarious)

SMASH

UPDATE: Boy was I wrong! Maybe Apatow and Wilson work best in the R-rated universe; also this was a familiar old plot. Bad reviews and poor opening.

Pineapple Express R (stoner comedy)

DOUBLE

Forgetting Sarah Marshall R (relationship comedy, may have femme appeal)

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[Originally appeared on Variety.com]

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.