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finally a feminist Judd Apatow

I always feel guilty when I watch Judd Apatow movies. It is true that they can be ridiculously funny. Knocked Up kept me laughing the entire time, even if the birth scene scarred me for life and inspired me to go on an anti-reproducing rampage (I wish I were kidding.) The thing is...they're pretty sexist. I say that like it's an original idea -- no, no I'm pretty sure everybody has noticed.

 

In Knocked Up, the most developed character is Debbie, the sister of Katherine Heigl's character. And by developed I mean stereotypical nagger who is manipulative, evil and one main goal in life is to oppress her husband and make him miserable. Interesting sidenote: Apatow cast his own wife, Leslie Mann, in this role. As for Katherine Heigl's character we don't actually learn anything about her. She's basically Seth Rogen's idealized goddess, a prize for wanting to improve himself.

Amazing how Apatow not only made a movie about pregnancy that forgets about the mother, seems to only see women in such extremes and without true thoughts or feelings. Some call this comedy...many others, including me, call it sexism. 

BUT NO LONGER. This is not a rant about Apatow, this is an emphatic welcome to Lynn Shelton, the writer (yes!), producer (yes! yes!) and director (woooohoooo!) of Humpday - a film Apatow wishes he had made about two heterosexual male friends who decide to make a porno. Together. Two straight guys doing it. Because, as the characters say, "It's not gay; it's beyond gay. It's not porn; it's art." 

What ensues is a brilliant look at the macho male and masculinity standards -- a closer look at what the bromance is really all about, while still managing Apatow quality hilarity.

I know I'm raving about this movie and I haven't even seen it. But I trust the New York Times and the WSJ/NPR/The Observer.

The move is out on limited release today in NYC, Seattle and LA.

Here be the trailer so you can see for yourself:

 

*Just a clarification. I am NOT endorsing pornography. I am endorsing a movie that was directed, written and produced by a woman who uses the concept of pornography as a way to challenge masculinity standards. This movie is NOT pornography. I also recognize that I have not seen this movie, but I support the fact that exists. 

I apologize if that wasn't clear...



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