Cutting back to 2007, the prospective career arcs of Judd Apatow and Adam McKay were wildly one sided. While McKay had made both Anchorman and Talledega Nights (both hilarious, the former historically so), Apatow’s career was comparatively on a meteoric rise. Fresh off of The 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up, followed closely by Superbad, Walk Hard, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, America was critically worshipping at the foot of the Apatow altar. Hell, he was ranked as “2007’s #1 smartest person in Hollywood” by some scientifically captured method, I’m sure. The point being, if you had told us that in 2015, Adam McKay would be chasing multiple Oscar nominations and Apatow would be at the peak of a multi-year rut, well, we would have been surprised. With Trainwreck and The Big Short, the two directors’ similar beginnings have rocketed in very different directions. Potential spoilers ahead.
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