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Judd Apatow: Hollywood's newest conservative?

August 10, 2009 | 12:13 pm

The good news is that Judd Apatow finally got a good "Funny People" review from the New York Times. The bad news is that it comes not from a film critic, but from in-house conservative columnist Ross Douthat, who calls "Funny People" Apatow's "best work in years." 

Apatow Unfortunately, Douthat goes on to claim that Apatow  is a social conservative whose movies "have made an effectively conservative message about relationships and reproduction seem relatable, funny, down-to-earth and even sexy." His evidence? Douthat claims that Apatow's "Knocked Up" is a withering indictment of the case for abortion while "40-Year-Old Virgin" supports the idea of abstaining from sex until marriage.

I knew that the right was desperate to lay claim on someone, even someone whose body is barely cold, as a closet Hollywood conservative, but as anyone who has ever seen an Apatow comedy could tell you, making him a poster boy for conservative values is what you'd have to call a real stre-e-e-e-e-tch.

Photo: Judd Apatow. Credit: Dan Steinberg / Associated Press