New American Comedy

John Hamburg’s I Love You Man opened (in Australia) a week before Todd Phillip’s The Hangover and Christine Jeffs’ Sunshine Cleaning. All three movies have something to offer audiences; the former is an almost perfect date movie, while the latters are more skewed towards male and female audiences (respectively). But all three are telling in one way: Hollywood’s comedy directors are making films for a thirty-something, rather than eighteen-something, audience. As a thirtysomething, this is very refreashing indeed. Amy Adams and Emily Blunt in Sunshine Cleaning may certainly be in their twenties, but the film has an adult bent; I Love You Man and The Hangover are definite “thirties” movies – and very much about what it means to be a man in one’s thirties.

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