Dilemma: on the one hand there’s Judd Apatow, Comedy King of Hollywood, bringing along his usuals (Rogen, Hill and real-life wife Leslie Mann) and two talented actors new to his world, but not new to comedy – Schwartzman, hilarious in I Heart Huckabees and due to break out with a mysterious role in next year’s Scott Pilgrim if this film doesn’t do it first, and Eric Bana who apparently began his career in sketch comedy. On the other hand, there’s Adam Sandler.
So an Irishman, an Englishman, a Scotsman, a Jew, Gordon Brown, Bono and the Pope walk into a pub. The barman says, “Is this some kind of joke?”
That’s exactly how I feel about this film, because of this trailer.
I went into this film having neither seen Ali G nor Borat, just the trailer for Bruno (which didn’t make me think much of it). The previews on 30 June were high security, I got photo ID-checked five times on my way to the screen at West India Quay (and back from the loo which I dared to visit before the film started), and other people throughout the UK have reported the same. Despite all the security and SeeFilmFirst having stuffed up sending email confirmations, the film was packed and everyone was in a good mood, you could hear raucous laughter along “no way!” comments throughout.