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Judd Apatow is either really really smart or really really lucky

I saw Judd Apatow's "Funny People" on the weekend and actually kind of really liked it, maybe even really liked it a lot, at times, at those times that I didn't think that this was just a bunch of really amateurish acting with some middle-of-the-road writing that was going to make a hell of a lot of money.

This brings me to a question:

Is Judd Apatow, who has produced pretty much every comedy you can name in the last five years, and who previous to "Funny People" wrote and directed "The 40 Year Old Virgin," and "Knocked Up," talented? And if so, how talented? Do his comedies even dare rival my dearly beloved comedies of the 80s (the Bill Murray era, the era of "Fletch" oh Fletch!)?

Cause I find myself really flip-flopping on this guy. You?