Judd Apatow’s follow-up to his mainstream smash “The 40 Year Old Virgin” has the same benefits as the previous film, but also its shortcomings. The good side: The cast is uniformly excellent and hilarious, with a veritable coterie of comedic talent populating just about every frame of the movie. There are also a number of terrific one-liners along the way to fill an entire sitcom season’s worth of comedic lines, with several laugh-out-loud moments that could have even a curmudgeon in stitches. However, as with many of Apatow’s movies, it’s also egregiously overlong: At well over two hours, the movie wears out its welcome on the way to its climax, and while it never becomes subpar or irritating, Apatow’s refusal to edit down the running length stains the movie a bit. Additionally, it’s hard not to notice that pretty much all the female characters in the movie are shrill harpies, in particular Leslie Mann, whose natural comedic talents are negated by her character’s relentlessly unpleasant disposition. That being said, Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl make for a surprisingly winning pair, and they have some great moments together, and for that reason alone the movie is absolutely worth watching.
Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)