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Judd Apatow doesn’t know what sexism is…

…Katherine Heigl doesn’t know what grownup is, and Orphan knows that women deserve only punishment. It’s fun!

Yup, it’s another installment of The Week in Women, my regular column over at the Alliance of Women Film Journalists. Enjoy.



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  • Accounting Ninja

    Very astute observations. Other than MAJ, if anyone is looking for some equally in depth analysis of Apatow, Rogen and his ilk, I recommend Tiger Beatdown. She’s a funny lady who writes about feminism. The only drawback is you have to do some archive digging.

    Oh, what the hell, I’m feeling generous!:)
    Year One
    Forgetting Sarah Marshall
    Some discussion of the dudecentric comedy formula
    SuperBad
    40 Year Old Virgin

  • Victor Plenty

    Here’s another trenchant analysis of Apatow’s oeuvre.

  • tomservo

    I understand the underlying sexism behind much of Apatow’s characters, but I still laugh my ass off. Does that make me a bad person?

  • read and commented!

  • amanohyo

    No tomservo, laughing doesn’t make you a bad person. But be careful my friend, one day you may accidentally understand things so well that you are unable to laugh at things you once found funny.

    That’s what happened to me and groin injury jokes. It was truly a sad day when I realized that testicular violence had somehow lost its ineffable magic.

    Thanks for the links Accounting Ninja.

  • Victor Plenty

    Accounting Ninja’s links are definitely worth the time, I’ll second that.

    The phrase “trenchant analysis” applies only with irony to the silly content at the other end of my own link. The material at Tiger Beatdown is both funnier and more insightful.

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