Walk Hard The Dewey Cox Story

  • Directors: Jake Kasdan
  • Producers: Judd Apatow, Jake Kasdan
  • Writers: Judd Apatow, Jake Kasdan
  • Genres: Comedy, Music
  • Actors: John C Reilly, Jenna Fischer, Raymond J Barry, Margo Martindale, Kristen Wiig, Tim Meadows, Chris Parnell, Matt Besser

Fictional musician Dewey Cox begins his quest for stardom from humble beginnings in Springberry, Alabama in 1946. While playing with his brother Nate in a sequence of needlessly careless and dangerous acts, talking about the things he plans to do in his long life, Dewey accidentally cuts his brother in half at the waist with a machete. This leads Dewey’s father to frequently repeat the phrase “The wrong kid died.” It is this traumatic event that motivates Dewey to rise to stardom and “be double great for the both of us” as Nate made him promise. The trauma also causes Dewey to lose his sense of smell. After his brother’s death is announced by a physician making a housecall, Dewey’s mother sends him to the local store to buy a candle. There, he meets a blues guitarist (David “Honeyboy” Edwards), who lets Dewey play his guitar. Dewey is a natural.

After a successful, yet oddly controversial, talent show performance, then fourteen-year-old Dewey (now played by John C. Reilly) decides to leave Springberry with his newly-identified twelve-year-old girlfriend Edith (Kristen Wiig). They soon marry and have a baby. Edith begins to criticize Dewey and insist that his dream of being a musician will never happen. Dewey preaches to his wife that life is never easy; it’s a long hard walk, but he will walk hard. While working at an all-African American nightclub, Dewey gets a break when he replaces singer Bobby Shad (Craig Robinson) at the last minute, much to the delight of the Hasidic Jewish executives at the show.

He dies three minutes after the performance.

Get Him to the Greek

  • Directors: Nicholas Stoller
  • Producers: Judd Apatow, Nicholas Stoller, David Bushell, Rodney Rothman
  • Writers: Nicholas Stoller, Jason Segel
  • Genres: more
  • Actors: Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Elisabeth Moss, Rose Byrne, Colm Meaney, Sean Combs

Aaron Green (Jonah Hill) is a driven, idealistic young college graduate who works as an intern at a record company. Aaron is given his big break when he is sent to transport flaky English musician Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) to a concert at Los Angeles’ Greek Theater.

Step Brothers

  • Directors: Adam McKay
  • Producers: Jimmy Miller, Judd Apatow, Adam McKay, Will Ferrell
  • Writers: Screenplay, Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, Story, Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, John C Reilly
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Actors: Will Ferrell, John C Reilly, Richard Jenkins, Mary Steenburgen, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn, Rob Riggle

Brennan Huff (Ferrell) is an unemployed 39-year-old who lives with his divorced mother, Nancy (Mary Steenburgen). Dale Doback (Reilly) is an unemployed 40-year-old who lives with his widower father, Robert (Richard Jenkins). Robert and Nancy get married and move in together, forcing Brennan and Dale to live with each other as step brothers; their childish dislike for each other is immediate.

Dale warns Brennan not to touch his drum set, but Brennan does so anyway. As tensions escalate, Brennan rubs his testicles (described by Ferrell in the DVD audio commentary as “$25,000 of prosthetic balls”) over Dale’s drums. This ignites a huge fight, in which Dale and Brennan use weapons such as headphones, bicycles, and bare hands to attack each other. In response, their parents declare that their sons must find jobs and see therapists or else be forced out of the house. Brennan’s successful, conceited biological younger brother Derek (Adam Scott) comes to visit with his oddly perfect family (who nearly cause a car accident as they sing an a cappella rendition of “Sweet Child o’ Mine” on the drive over). Dale retreats to his tree house where he and Brennan read pornography. Derek drops by to mock them, and incites Dale to punch Derek in the face. Brennan is awed by the fact that Dale was able to stand up to Derek. Brennan’s sister-in-law, Alice (Kathryn Hahn), meanwhile, finds Dale’s courage arousing, and becomes infatuated with him. Brennan and Dale become best friends.

Dale and Brennan go on to run a successful company that sells karaoke machines, and Brennan enters into a relationship with his therapist Denise (Andrea Savage). Robert and Nancy reunite and move back into their old home, with a new tree house made from the destroyed boat just for Dale and Brennan.

Talladega Nights The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

  • Directors: Adam McKay
  • Producers: Judd Apatow, Jimmy Miller, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay
  • Writers: Adam McKay, Will Ferrell
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Sport
  • Actors: Will Ferrell, John C Reilly, Sacha Baron Cohen, Michael Clarke Duncan, Leslie Bibb, Amy Adams, Gary Cole, Jane Lynch

Ricky Bobby was born to “go fast.” He was born in the back seat of his father’s car, and raised solely by his mother, Len Leplin, while his drug addict and alcoholic father, Reese Bobby, is absent. Many years later, while working on a pit crew as the jackman for a race team, he replaces an uninterested driver and ends up finishing in third place, despite starting mid-race in last place. Ricky quickly soars to the top of NASCAR, achieving fame and fortune at Dennit Racing and meeting his future wife, Carley (Bibb). He arranges to get his best friend, Cal, as the second driver of the team.

Fast forward to a couple of years later. While on top of the racing world, Ricky is challenged by homosexual French Formula One & CART driver, Jean Girard (Cohen). Girard outperforms Ricky on the track and becomes Dennit Racing’s top driver. Ricky, desperate to regain his dominance, pushes himself too hard and ends up in a spectacular wreck, during which he believes that he is on fire. While recovering, he persists in the belief that he is paralyzed. His tests at Rockingham Speedway show that he has lost his touch and he fails to regain a spot on the team. Carley, yearning to be married to a top NASCAR driver, plans a divorce and a marriage to Cal before Ricky gets home that night.

Ricky takes his two sons, Walker and Texas Ranger and moves back home with his mother. He takes a job as a pizza delivery and is reduced to using a bicycle after losing his license. With his life at its low point, Reese suddenly reenters Ricky’s life and tries to teach Ricky to drive by using the fear he experienced. With the retraining and guidance of his father, Ricky regains his confidence but still refuses to race after Reese walks out. When Ricky runs into his former assistant, Susan, at a bar, she convinces Ricky to get back into racing at the Talladega 500 and they fall in love. The race ends with all cars being wrecked and Girard and Bobby running on foot to the finish line. Girard then offers to shake hands with Ricky after Ricky beats him, but instead Girard passionately kisses him. Both drivers are disqualified for violating race procedures and Cal wins the race, having been in third prior to the wrecks. Ricky and Cal repair their friendship and the family, consisting of Ricky, Susan, Walker, Texas Ranger, and Ricky’s mother, meet Reese in the parking lot and reunite for a dinner during which they plan to get thrown out of Applebee’s.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

  • Directors: Nicholas Stoller
  • Producers: Judd Apatow, Shauna Robertson, Rodney Rothman
  • Writers: Jason Segel
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Actors: Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Russell Brand, Bill Hader, Paul Rudd, Liz Cackowski, Jonah Hill

Composer Peter Bretter (Jason Segel) has spent five years adoring his girlfriend, television star Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell), despite living completely in her shadow. He even works as the composer for Sarah’s CSI-type crime drama, co-starring William Baldwin (as himself), Crime Scene: Scene of the Crime, a job that dramatically underutilizes his talents. One day, Sarah comes to Peter’s place after he’s had a shower to tell him she’s breaking up with him and there’s someone else. Peter tries to talk her out of it and goes as far as to refuse to put his clothes on, but it doesn’t work. Devastated, Peter impulsively starts having sex with random strangers, but he is still unable to overcome his grief. Upon advice from his stepbrother (Bill Hader), he decides to take a trip to Hawaii and stay at a resort Sarah once mentioned; when he goes there, he is confronted by Sarah and her new boyfriend, the articulate and narcissistic (though newly “straight edge” after a stint in rehab) British rocker, Aldous Snow (Russell Brand). The sympathetic receptionist, Rachel Jansen (Mila Kunis) bears witness to the awkward meeting and gives him an expensive suite on the condition that he cleans up after himself.

During the credits, a preview is shown for Sarah Marshall’s new show with Jason Bateman — a detective crime drama similar to her last one, called Animal Instincts, wherein she plays a detective who is also an animal psychic.

Funny People

  • Directors: Judd Apatow
  • Producers: Judd Apatow, Clayton Townsend, Barry Mendel, Jack Giarraputo, Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, Adam Sandler
  • Writers: Judd Apatow
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama
  • Actors: Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana, Jonah Hill, Jason Schwartzman

George Simmons (Adam Sandler) is a very successful yet self-involved stand-up comedian who learns that he has an inoperable blood disorder and is given less than a year to live. Ira Wright (Seth Rogen) is a struggling up-and-coming stand-up comedian who works at a deli and has yet to figure out his onstage persona. One thing these different men have in common is that neither of them have any close friends. One night, George takes notice of Ira when they perform at the same club and he hires him to be his semi-personal assistant and opening act at his performances. George and Ira form a close bond as George teaches Ira how to win the crowd and Ira helps the dying George find closure in his legacy. However, when George learns that his disease may have gone into remission and an old flame (Leslie Mann) reenters his life, his recent near death experience inspires him to reevaluate what is important to him and what truly gives meaning to his life.

Pineapple Express

  • Directors: David Gordon Green
  • Producers: Judd Apatow, Shauna Robertson
  • Writers: Story, Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Screenplay, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
  • Genres: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Seth Rogen, James Franco, Gary Cole, Rosie Perez, Craig Robinson, Amber Heard, Kevin Corrigan, and, Danny R McBride

Dale Denton (Seth Rogen) is a 25-year-old process server who, in delivering a subpoena to drug lord Ted Jones (Gary Cole), witnesses Jones and his girlfriend, a corrupt police officer, Carol Brazier (Rosie Perez), commit murder. Dale panics and leaves a joint roach at the scene containing a rare strain of marijuana called Pineapple Express. Ted and Carol run outside to catch the witness, only to miss him. Ted picks up the roach and identifies it as the rare strain that he has only sold to one dealer. He sends his two henchmen, Budlofsky (Kevin Corrigan) and Matheson (Craig Robinson) to the dealer, Red (Danny R. McBride), who discloses that he has only sold this marijuana to Dale’s dealer, Saul Silver (James Franco).

Dale flees to Saul’s apartment in a panic because he doesn’t know where else to go. After a brief conversation Dale realizes Ted could trace the Roach back to Saul. They flee Saul’s apartment. Ted’s henchmen persuade Saul’s supplier, Red, to arrange a meeting between Red and Saul, but this fails because Dale and Saul spend the night in the woods. Matheson and Budlofsky learn Dale’s identity through Red.

Saul, Dale, and Red go to a diner for breakfast, reminisce about the events and bond, the film ends with them getting in “Bubbe’s” car to go to the hospital.

You Don t Mess with the Zohan

  • Directors: Dennis Dugan
  • Producers: Adam Sandler, Jack Giarraputo
  • Writers: Adam Sandler, Robert Smigel, Judd Apatow
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Drama
  • Actors: Adam Sandler, John Turturro, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Nick Swardson, Lainie Kazan, Rob Schneider

Zohan Dvir, an Israeli Special Forces soldier, leaves his vacation at Tel Aviv beach, agreeing to complete yet another mission of recapturing a key Palestinian terrorist, the “Phantom”, who had been freed by the Israeli government in a prisoner exchange. Later, as Zohan expresses his desire to leave Israel and become a hairdresser in New York City, his wishes are met with derision by his mother and father.

The disgruntled Zohan fakes his own death during the pursuit of the Phantom, who is tricked into believing he had killed Zohan. Zohan smuggles himself into a flight to New York City in a pet crate. Changing his hairstyle into a 1987 Paul Mitchell’s Avalon style, shaving his beard into a goatee and taking “Scrappy Coco” (Scrappy and Coco being the names of two dogs he befriended during the flight) as a new alias, he sets out to pursue his dreams in New York City.

Initially unsuccessful in getting hired at several salons, Zohan’s military expertise earns him a new friend, Michael, who gives him a place to stay. Zohan’s passion for disco (Discothèques) runs him into a fellow Israeli named Oori, a Zohan fan who is aware of Scrappy Coco’s true identity but agrees to keep it a secret. Oori introduces him to a block in lower Manhattan filled with Middle Eastern Americans, who are split between a Palestinian side and an Israeli side of the street.

Zohan arrives and calms the Israelis and Palestinians, who each blame the other for the violence and fires. The Phantom then appears and confronts Zohan, but he refuses to fight and eventually convinces the Phantom to cooperate with him against the arsonists. As Zohan and Phantom work to save the block, Dalia appears, revealing that she is the Phantom’s sister. Zohan’s personal dossier technology allows him to discover the arsonists’ true identities as white racist rednecks hired by Walbridge to instigate an inter-ethnic riot between the Israelis and Palestinians and hopefully allow him to take over their stores more easily. Zohan and Phantom lead the united Israelis and Palestinians of the block to save their shops, defeating the rednecks, thwarting Walbridge’s plans, but damaging all of the shops on the block including Dalia’s salon. With the Israelis and the Palestinians united, the block is transformed into a collectively-owned mall called the Peace and Brotherhood Fire Insurance Mall, in which Phantom opens a shoe store and Zohan and Dalia open a joint beauty parlor.

The 40 Year Old Virgin

  • Directors: Judd Apatow
  • Producers: Judd Apatow, Shauna Robertson, Seth Rogen, Clayton Townsend, Steve Carell
  • Writers: Judd Apatow, Steve Carell
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd, Romany Malco, Seth Rogen, Jane Lynch, Elizabeth Banks

Andy Stitzer (Steve Carell) is the eponymous 40-year-old virgin. A very well-meaning, highly neurotic, somewhat stereotypical nerd, Andy lives alone, collects action figures, enjoys video games, framed a poster of eighties rock band Asia, and his social life seems to consist of watching Survivor with his elderly neighbors.

Andy works in the stockroom at an electronics store called SmartTech. His co-workers include the affable David (Paul Rudd), who is tormented by memories of his old girlfriend Amy (Mindy Kaling); the burly Cal (Seth Rogen), a novelist and stoner; and Jay (Romany Malco), a self-styled ladies’ man. When a friend drops out of a poker game, they reluctantly invite the withdrawn Andy to join them. Andy turns out to be surprisingly good at poker due to his free-time of playing the game online, but when the conversations turn to past sexual exploits, they quickly realize Andy is still a virgin, and resolve to help him lose his virginity.

Andy is at first reluctant to go along with them, but after a heartfelt talk with David, he agrees to give it a try. The gang’s efforts prove to be unsuccessful. They take Andy to a bar, where Jay advises him to hit on drunk women, but this backfires when the girl Andy leaves with drives the two of them home drunk, wrecks the car, and vomits on him. Jay recommends that Andy get his chest waxed, but Andy finds it so painful that he leaves halfway through. (Steve Carell actually had his chest hair removed during the scene, and stated in an interview on Australia’s Rove Live that the scene was unnecessarily painful because the waxers forgot to oil his nipples.[3]) David gives Andy his “big box of porn” to help him “loosen up” sexually, but to no avail. They later go to a speed dating lunch, with no success, and at which David encounters ex-girlfriend Amy, sending him into a downward spiral of depression. Later, Cal advises Andy to be questioning when talking to women, (which makes Andy seem mysterious) and results in Beth (Elizabeth Banks), a bookstore clerk, taking a liking to Andy. Andy starts to open up, and as true friendships begin to form with his co-workers, Andy impresses his boss, Paula (Jane Lynch), with his salesmanship and she promotes him to floor manager.

They end up getting married with everyone in attendance, with a sidelong mention of Andy’s action figures having sold for approximately half a million dollars, and finally consummate their relationship on their wedding night. Andy finally loses his virginity with Trish in their hotel room. The film ends with an over-the-top musical scene in which the cast of the film sing and dance to the song “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In.”

Knocked Up

  • Directors: Judd Apatow
  • Producers: Judd Apatow, Shauna Robertson, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
  • Writers: Judd Apatow
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Actors: Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann

Ben Stone (Seth Rogen) is a lazy, dimwitted and immature 23-year-old Jewish Canadian and claimed illegal immigrant from Vancouver, living off funds received in compensation for an injury and sporadically working on a Mr. Skin-like website with his roommates in between smoking marijuana or goofing off with them. Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl) is a career-minded woman who has just been given an on-air role with E! Entertainment Television, and is living with her sister Debbie’s (Leslie Mann) family. While celebrating her promotion, Alison meets Ben at a local night club. After a night of drinking, they end up having sex. Due to a misunderstanding, they do not use protection: Alison uses the phrase “just do it” to encourage Ben to put the condom on faster, which he misinterprets as “forget the condom”. The following morning, they quickly learn over breakfast that they have little in common and go their separate ways which leaves Ben visibly defeated when she walks away.

Eight weeks later, Alison experiences morning sickness at work, and, several home pregnancy tests later, discovers she is pregnant. She contacts Ben for the first time since their one-night stand to tell him the news. Although taken aback, Ben says he will be there to support Alison having the baby. While he is still unsure about being a parent, his father (Harold Ramis) tells him that he was the best thing that ever happened to him. Alison’s mother (Joanna Kerns) tries to convince her daughter to have an abortion, but Alison decides to keep the child. Later, Alison and Ben decide to give their relationship a chance. The odd couple’s efforts include Ben making an awkward marriage proposal with a ring box without a ring, promising to get her one someday. Alison thinks it is too early to think about marriage, because she is more concerned with hiding the pregnancy from her boss, who asked her when she first got the on-air job to be “firm” and “tight” for the cameras.

During labor, Alison apologizes for doubting Ben’s commitment and admits that she never thought the man who got her pregnant would be the right one for her. A while later, Debbie and Pete arrive, but Ben, still angry over Debbie’s influence on Alison, makes them wait outside, as he wishes to take care of Alison. When Debbie protests, Ben threatens to have her arrested if she does not comply, which finally convinces Debbie that Ben is the right guy for Alison. The couple welcomes the birth of a baby girl (a boy in the alternate ending) and settle down happily together.