Social Conservatism for the Real World

From the Times' Judd Apatow profile:

Both of the films Apatow has directed offer up the kind of conservative morals the Family Research Council might embrace — if the humor weren’t so filthy. In “Virgin,” the title character is saving himself for true love. “Knocked Up,” which opens on June 1, revolves around a good-hearted doofus who copes with an unplanned pregnancy by getting a job and eliminating the bong hits. In each of the films, the hero is nearly led astray by buddies who tempt with things like boxes of porn, transvestite hookers and an ideology about the ladies possibly learned from scanning Maxim while scarfing down Pop-Tarts. By the end, Apatow exposes the friends as well meaning but comically pathetic and steers his men toward doing the right thing.


I'm in the midst of writing my Knocked Up review for the next NR, so I want to keep most of my powder dry on this topic, but suffice it to say that any social conservative who wants to know how to connect with "the kids" in an era when TNR staffers volunteer as extras in "erotic films" and evangelical teens are losing their virginity earlier than mainline Protestants and Catholics ought to be locked in a room and forced to watch Apatow's movies for an afternoon. (And I'd be happy to be locked in there with him.)

Ross Douthat is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.

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