Beginning his professional life as a stand up comic, Judd Apatow has become on the icons of the modern U.S. comedy cinema. His roles as producer are prolific since his first film back in 1992, but it wasn’t until 2005, with The 40 Year-Old Virgin, that he broke out as a director that his power came into its own.
Since then, he has gone on to direct three more films, Knocked Up (2007), Funny People (2009) and this year’s This Is 40 (2013), but these have been met with mix reviews but for the most part, top grossing revenues. But he is known more for his producing and writing duties, with hits such as Superbad (2007), Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004), Step Brothers (2008) and Bridesmaids (2011).
His has worked with most of the top comedians of the era, serving a producer on the little known over here, The Ben Stiller Show in the early 90’s and his 2009 film Funny People was basically semi-autobiographical, but with his success comes as much criticism.
Personally, I’m not his biggest fan but I find that I can watch his work better now that I could a few years ago. He’s not a genius and he’s not the greatest comedian in the world but his films can be good, but never, to me at least, are they excellent. He can meander too much and draw his narratives out to far.