Judd Apatow

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<b>' <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENMV000084" title="Pineapple Express (movie)" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/pineapple-express-%28movie%29-ENMV000084.topic">Pineapple Express</a>'</b><br>
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This is producer <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB005346" title="Judd Apatow" href="/topic/entertainment/judd-apatow-PECLB005346.topic">Judd Apatow</a>’s fourth and final production for 2008. It’s the latest in a string of comedies that have come out every few months since last summer’s “Knocked Up.” But like <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT003406" title="John Hughes" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/john-hughes-PESPT003406.topic">John Hughes</a> before him, are people tiring of his style of comedy – an improvisation-heavy celebration of male bonding? Advance buzz suggests: not yet.<br>
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<b>'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2'</b><br>
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The box office success of “ <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENMV000100" title="Sex and the City (movie)" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/sex-the-city-%28movie%29-ENMV000100.topic">Sex and the City</a>” reignited talk of women as the slumbering giant among movie audiences. They came out in droves to see Carrie and company continue their adventures in <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100804010000" title="Manhattan (New York City)" href="/topic/us/new-york/new-york-city/manhattan-%28new-york-city%29-PLGEO100100804010000.topic">Manhattan</a>. Will they be as faithful to the girls with the magically-fitting pair of pants? That’s a riskier proposition.<br>
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<b>WINNER:</b> Judd Apatow’s track record is enviable, and even though he’s treading into early Don Simpson-Jerry Bruckheimer territory with his latest venture, it’s not a giant leap from his home ground of relationship comedies. “Pineapple” wins again.
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( Al Seib / Los Angeles Times )

The X Factor

' Pineapple Express'

This is producer Judd Apatow’s fourth and final production for 2008. It’s the latest in a string of comedies that have come out every few months since last summer’s “Knocked Up.” But like John Hughes before him, are people tiring of his style of comedy – an improvisation-heavy celebration of male bonding? Advance buzz suggests: not yet.

'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2'

The box office success of “ Sex and the City” reignited talk of women as the slumbering giant among movie audiences. They came out in droves to see Carrie and company continue their adventures in Manhattan. Will they be as faithful to the girls with the magically-fitting pair of pants? That’s a riskier proposition.

WINNER: Judd Apatow’s track record is enviable, and even though he’s treading into early Don Simpson-Jerry Bruckheimer territory with his latest venture, it’s not a giant leap from his home ground of relationship comedies. “Pineapple” wins again.

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