On Dec. 6, 1967 in Flushing, New York, Judd Apatow was born to parents Maury Apatow and Tami Shad. 44 years later, after childhood that saw him grow up in Syosset on Long Island, Apatow is one of comedy's premiere voices -- a writer, director and producer responsible for launching the careers of Jason Segel, James Franco, Jonah Hill and Seth Rogen. Not bad! On Twitter, Apatow said he was planning to celebrate his birthday by taking in two films, 'Young Adult' and 'The Artist,' but here at Moviefone HQ, you can honor Apatow's birthday the best way possible: by recalling your favorite Apatovian screen moments!
For me, Apatow never produced a better all-around movie than 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin,' his first foray as a feature director and a film that turned Steve Carell into a superstar. Smart, sweet, funny and without any of the excess fat that plague both 'Knocked Up' (still great) and 'Funny People' (not so great), 'Virgin' is a joyous movie with what has to be the best Bollywood-inspired end credits ever. (Suck it, 'Slumdog Millionaire'!) If watching Carell, Paul Rudd, Romany Malco, Seth Rogen, Mindy Kaling, Jane Lynch and Catherine Keener sing the 5th Dimension's "Age of Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" doesn't bring a smile to your face, consult a doctor; you might be dead.
Additionally, this scene from 'Knocked Up' is pretty shocking and funny as well. (Very NSFW, obviously; "DOORMAN!")
So! What's your favorite Judd Apatow movie? Perhaps one he produced (like 'Cable Guy') or wrote (like 'Celtic Pride')? Let us know in the comments below!
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