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Director, producer, writer and all-around comedy royalty Judd Apatow recently weighed in on why there are fewer comedy movies today.
When asked in an interview with Vulture why we're not seeing more big budget funny movies, Apatow said it's a little more complicated than just blaming studios. "When you make the list of the best movies of all time, you’re always going to put Airplane! on it. And if movies like that aren’t being made right now, it’s because people aren’t smart enough and funny enough to make them," he said. "I don’t think it's a result of studios or audiences rejecting anything."
Apatow went on to note that he doesn't believe "critics have a great respect for the effort it takes to make people piss their pants laughing," saying, "They think it's more honorable to show someone in torment, but being able to do that doesn’t make you more of an artist than being able to make The Naked Gun."
He also discussed how the latest writers' strike seems to have made studios more apprehensive to develop comedies, instead opting to buy them ready to go. "Now it seems like they'd rather things come in packaged: a script, a cast, a director. As a result, a lot of great comedy writers are going to television instead of sitting at home and trying to write a script for a film, write the way I was."
Apatow is one of the few filmmakers who can still get comedy onto the big screen, having directed a number of comedy movies, including The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Trainwreck and Knocked Up. He has also produced a wide array of TV and film comedies, including the The Big Sick. For our thoughts on the 2017 comedy, read IGN's review of The Big Sick, and then check out our list of comedies to stream right now on Netflix.
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