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The X Factor
' Pineapple Express'
This is producer Judd Apatows fourth and final production for 2008. Its the latest in a string of comedies that have come out every few months since last summers Knocked Up. But like John Hughes before him, are people tiring of his style of comedy an improvisation-heavy celebration of male bonding? Advance buzz suggests: not yet.
'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2'
The box office success of Sex and the City reignited talk of women as the slumbering giant among movie audiences. They came out in droves to see Carrie and company continue their adventures in Manhattan. Will they be as faithful to the girls with the magically-fitting pair of pants? Thats a riskier proposition.
WINNER: Judd Apatows track record is enviable, and even though hes treading into early Don Simpson-Jerry Bruckheimer territory with his latest venture, its not a giant leap from his home ground of relationship comedies. Pineapple wins again.