Trainwreck Script

Director:Judd Apatow
Written by:Amy Schumer (Writer)

Script Synopsis:Having thought that monogamy was never possible, a commitment-phobic career woman may have to face her fears when she meets a good guy.

This is 40

Director:Judd Apatow
Written by:Judd Apatow (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:Pete and Debbie are both about to turn 40, their kids hate each other, both of their businesses are failing, they're on the verge of losing their house, and their relationship is threatening to fall apart.

Fun With Dick and Jane (2005)

Director:Dean Parisot
Written by:Judd Apatow (Screenplay), Nicholas Stoller (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:After losing their high-paying corporate jobs, Jane and Dick Harper (Jim Carrey and Téa Leoni) turn to robbing banks to maintain their upwardly mobile standard of living in this action-comedy based on the 1977 film of the same name. The couple's hold-up act begins as a desperate measure. But before long, they're actually enjoying it -- and now it's getting to be a habit.

Judd Apatow Scripts

Judd Apatow has been credited with producing and writing some of the funniest films of this generation. However, it was only recently that he was able to accomplish this. He started his career in the film industry in the mid-90’s, producing and writing comedies such as Heavyweights (2005) and The Cable Guy (1996). Neither of these films were mainstream successes, despite The Cable Guy’s all star cast. Apatow was stunned that The Cable Guy wasn’t a monumental success. He believed that it would be just the thing to jump start his career.

The problem with The Cable Guy was really more of a timing issue than anything else. In the 1990’s, people were not ready for the type of dark comedy that Apatow presented. Comedies were distinguished from other genres by their lack of a poignant storyline. The Cable Guy was crossing genre boundaries, which may have led to its monumental disaster.

Apatow continued working and attempting to write films that would be successes. His big chance came when he wrote The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005). His timing was perfect. Film studios had been getting lazy. Instead of trying to create new ideas, comedic writers were settling for regurgitating the same old jokes under different packaging (i.e. Epic Movie).

The film was an outstanding success, making millions of dollars worldwide. Apatow’s writing style, once believed to be too quirky, proved to be a template to a new type of comedy. Seth Rogan’s Superbad (2007) followed the Apatow template and made over $100 million dollars. The template, which uses moralistic messages mixed with humorous antidotes and raunchy sight gags, have projected the comedy genre into a whole different field. In this field, comedic
films are not restricted by their genre. They can incorporate seriously dramatic elements, horror and romance in a way that touches peoples’ hearts as well as their funny bones.

Some screenwriters are beyond their time and will not be appreciated until later in life. This should not stop them from writing though. Screenwriters will do themselves a favor by learning from Apatow and refusing to give up on their ideas or toss them aside as “unmarketable.” A few years from now, who knows what the public will be attracted to?


  1. (2012) This is 40
  2. (2009) Funny People Script
  3. (2008) Pineapple Express Script
  4. (2008) You Don’t Mess with the Zohan Script
  5. (2007) Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Script
  6. (2007) Knocked Up Script
  7. (2005) Fun with Dick and Jane  [Transcript]
  8. (2005) The 40 Year Old Virgin Script
  9. (1995) Heavyweights Script ($)

Pineapple Express

Director:David Gordon Green
Written by:Seth Rogen (Screenplay), Evan Goldberg (Screenplay), Judd Apatow (Story), Seth Rogen (Story), Evan Goldberg (Story)

Script Synopsis:A stoner and his dealer are forced to go on the run from the police after the pothead witnesses a cop commit a murder.

You Don’t Mess with the Zohan

Director:Dennis Dugan
Written by:Adam Sandler (Screenplay), Judd Apatow (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:An Israeli counterterrorism soldier with a secretly fabulous ambition to become a Manhattan hairstylist. Zohan's desire runs so deep that he'll do anything -- including faking his own death and going head-to-head with an Arab cab driver -- to make his dreams come true.

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Director:Jake Kasdan
Written by:Judd Apatow (Screenplay), Jake Kasdan (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:Singer Dewey Cox overcomes adversity to become a musical legend.

The 40 Year Old Virgin

Director:Judd Apatow
Written by:Judd Apatow (Screenplay), Steve Carell (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:Andy Stitzer has a pleasant life with a nice apartment and a job stamping invoices at an electronics store. But at age 40, there's one thing Andy hasn't done, and it's really bothering his sex-obsessed male co-workers: Andy is still a virgin. Determined to help Andy get laid, the guys make it their mission to de-virginize him. But it all seems hopeless until Andy meets small business owner Trish, a single mom.

Knocked Up

Director:Judd Apatow
Written by:Judd Apatow (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:For fun loving party animal Ben Stone, the last thing he ever expected was for his one night stand to show up on his doorstep eight weeks later to tell him she's pregnant.

Heavy Weights

Director:Steven Brill
Written by:Steven Brill (Author), Judd Apatow (Author)

Script Synopsis:Camp Hope is a summer retreat for overweight boys run by a kindly couple who make the campers feel comfortable with their extra pounds. But when tyrannical fitness guru Tony buys the camp, he puts the kids on a cruel regimen that goes too far. Sick of the endless weeks of "all work and no play," the kids stage a coup and reclaim their summer of fun.