Leslie Mann

When Will Judd Apatow Stop Making Movies About His Own Life?
December 23, 2012

Judd Apatow's "This is 40" exposes the pitfalls of autobiographical comedy.

Getting 'funny People' Wrong
August 03, 2009

This post contains spoilers: Do not read if you plan on seeing Funny People. People are allowed to disagree about movies or books or plays or television shows. In fact, spirited debate about artistic efforts is one of life's pleasures. Therefore, even though I disagree with Manohla Dargis' lukewarm review of Funny People, I do not begrudge her for liking the movie less than I did (Chris' more positive (and insightful) take is close to my own). However, after reading Dargas, one wonders whether she actually paid any attention to the movie she was reviewing.