Judd Apatow Thinks Fanboys Can't Handle Cancer

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Will long-awaited feelgood nerd movie Fanboys find itself swallowed by the Judd Apatow comedy juggernaut? That's the rumor doing the rounds right now, according to Ain't It Cool. The movie - which stars Heroes' Kristen Bell and features cameos from a slumming-it Carrie Fisher and a grateful for the paycheck Billy Dee Williams - centers around five friends in the nineties breaking into Skywalker Ranch to steal a pre-release print of The Phantom Menace for a dying friend... or, at least, it did before test audiences decided that they didn't like that whole "dying friend" thing.

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Enter Shauna Robertson, Judd Apatow's producing partner, who's been brought in by studio boss Harvey Weinstein to make the movie more palatable to audiences. And according to the AIC post, that makes it less palatable to those closest to its heart:

Apparently the Apatow people have done research which says most people won't laugh for 5 or 10 minutes after cancer is mentioned so they want to do away with the entire cancer subplot and I've heard they have a version which edited out the entire cancer plot. This means it's just a group of punk kids breaking into Skywalker Ranch to steal a movie to see it before it comes out. Why would I root for these kids to steal the film, if the noble reason for doing it is gone?

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Considering Andy's action figure collection in The 40 Year Old Virgin, it's not as if sympathy for the geek is an unknown quality to Robertson, but time and more test audiences will tell whether this ends up more Walk Hard than Knocked Up.

The Weinsteins effing the f out of FANBOYS?!? [Aint It Cool.com]

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My understanding is Apatow has nothing to do with this movie. The producer he works with has been brought in to help "shepard" this movie, but it has nothing to do with Apatow.

(As as aside, I think this is a good thing, while I loved 40yoV and Knocked Up. I think SuperBad was really just a modern Canadian Teen Sex Comedy, like Meatballs or One Crazy Summer, or one of the dozens of 80's movies from out friends up north.)

Cancer is not funny, remission isn't so great either. But to change the whole point of this movie is not cool. I laughed during chemo, and made those around me laugh during chemo (not crazy, it's the drugs laughter).

If we could have found some humor then, I think people can deal with a mention of the "C-word" during a good comedy. A change like this makes those friends, who in trying to deal with the impending death of someone close to them do something stupid and illegal, but ultimately selfless into something selfish. We need a few more selfless movies.