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20 pieces of wisdom from Apatow movies

20 pieces of wisdom from Apatow movies

20 pieces of wisdom from Apatow movies
29 January 2013

You may not be aware of this but the past 10 years or so would have been far less amusing without the input of Judd Apatow. The multi-talented writer/director/producer has been behind some of the greatest modern comedies, including Knocked Up, Superbad and Bridesmaids.

We've assembled a laminate-and-keep guide to the very best pieces of Apatow wisdom.

(Images: All Star, Rex Features)


"When life gives you lemons, just say 'Fuck the lemons,' and bail."

Paul Rudd - Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Ben's Dad

"Life doesn't care about your vision. You just gotta roll with it."

Harold Ramis - Knocked Up

Andy Stitzer

"You know the thing about relationships is that they make one person go, "Blah blah blah blah blah," and the other person go, "What are you talking about?" And then one person goes, "Blah blah blah blah blah.""

Steve Carrell - The 40-Year-Old Virgin


"Nobody has gotten a hand job in cargo shorts since 'nam!"

Jonah Hill - Superbad

Chip Douglas

"You know what the trouble about real life is? There's no danger music."

Chip Douglas - The Cable Guy

Annie's Mom

"Hitting rock bottom is a good thing. Because there is nowhere to go but up."

Jill Clayburgh - Bridesmaids


"Marriage is like a tense, unfunny version of Everybody Loves Raymond, only it doesn't last 22 minutes. It lasts forever."

Paul Rudd - Knocked Up


"There are three rules when it comes talking to women. Number one, ask questions, don't say anything, because women, all they wanna do is talk about themselves so you're just gonna let them do that. Two, be cool and three, be kind of a dick. Look be like David Caruso in "Jade"."

Seth Rogen - The 40-Year-Old Virgin


"Let me just say that if God was a city planner, he would not put a playground next to a sewage system."

Jack MacBrayer - * Forgetting Sarah Marshall


"Be careful. Wear shoes in the house. Safety. Safety first, then teamwork."

James Franco - Pineapple Express

George Barnes

"The first important thing to remember about marriage is that it requires commitment. The second important thing to remember about marriage is that so does insanity."

Jim Piddick - The Five-Year Engagement


"Of course it's horrible. It's suffering...and it's pain and it' know, you lose weight and then you put back on weight and then you call them a bunch of times and you try and email and then they move or they change their email...but that's just love."

Paul Rudd - The 40-Year-Old Virgin

Ron Burgandy

"The only way to bag a classy lady is to give her two tickets to the gun show...and see if she likes the goods."

Will Ferrell - Anchorman


"You're your problem, and you're also the solution."

Melissa McCarthy - Bridesmaids

Aaron Hill

"You let people use you, sooner or later you’re going to be all used up."

Jonah Hill - Get Him To The Greek


“Underneath anger is hurt but underneath hurt is love.”

Eric Bana - Funny People

Veronica Corningstone

"Jazz flute is for little fairy boys."

Christina Applegate - Anchorman


"Doors are bullshit."

Paul Rudd - Wanderlust

Suzie Barnes-Eilhauer

"The worst choice you can make, is no choice at all."

Alison Brie - The Five-Year Engagement

Aldous Snow

"You know mate, sometimes you just gotta let the beast soar and let your yarbles dance."

Russell Brand - Forgetting Sarah Marshall