‘The Hangover’ and the Age of the Jokeless Comedy – NYTimes.com

In Apatow, the enemy is adulthood, which ruins life; in Phillips, the enemy is women, who ruin men.

What these auteurs truly have in common, though, is that they have systematically boiled away many of the pleasures previously associated with comedy — first among these, jokes themselves — and replaced them with a different kind of lure: the appeal of spending two hours hanging out with a loose and jocular gang of goofy bros.

‘The Hangover’ and the Age of the Jokeless Comedy – NYTimes.com