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Judd Apatow Gives His Euphoria Season 2 Review

While promoting The Bubble, director Judd Apatow shares his review of Euphoria season 2, which stars his daughter Maude in a major role.

Judd Apatow has shared his official review of Euphoria season 2. The director, who previously created the cult TV series Freaks and Geeks and directed films including Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, is currently promoting his new film The Bubble. The movie, which dropped on Netflix today, is about the cast and crew of the fictional film Cliff Beasts 6 attempting to get their movie made while struggling with COVID restrictions. The massive ensemble cast includes David Duchovny, Karen Gillan, Fred Armisen, Keegan-Michael Key, Leslie Mann, Kate McKinnon, Pedro Pascal, Peter Serafinowicz, Maria Bakalova, and Judd and Leslie’s daughter Iris Apatow as a TikTok influencer.

Iris isn’t the only Apatow kid working in the industry these days. His other daughter Maude has made quite the name for herself on Euphoria, HBO’s hit teen series, which just aired its second season earlier this year. Maude Apatow plays the character Lexi Howard, who grew up with Zendaya’s character Rue. Lexi is also the sister of another major character, Sydney Sweeney’s Cassie. In the epic finale of Euphoria season 2, Lexi put on a much-memed play inspired by the lives of the characters on the show

While promoting The Bubble, Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann appeared on a Wired video answering the web’s most searched questions about themselves. One of them asked what the director thought of Euphoria, and he gushed that “I love Euphoria. It left me in a puddle.” He also half-jokingly acknowledged that the show makes him think “Am I supposed to direct like that?” He admires the show’s cinematic visual approach and sheepishly admits that “I love it and then I’m like quietly jealous and ashamed of myself.” Read the full quote below:

I love Euphoria. It left me in a puddle. I cried so hard. It was so good. So amazing this season, I enjoy Maude Apatow’s work. I feel like when I watch the show I think, “Am I supposed to direct like that?”

Like, it looks good. And there’s like angles, and the camera moves. I don’t know how to do any of that. So I love it and then I’m like quietly jealous and ashamed of myself.

Judd Apatow’s directing style is certainly distinct from that of Euphoria. The director is best known for his shaggy and loose approach to comedy, allowing actors to let loose in front of the camera to riff and improvise, discovering new aspects to their characters on the spot. This approach necessarily requires the lighting to be even and the camera to be still so it can capture all the unexpected happenings going on in front of it, including a long, hilarious riff from Melissa McCarthy in his film This Is 40.

While Euphoria is about as far from an Apatow project as one can get, especially in terms of how racy and controversial some of its content is, Apatow’s review is certainly not what one would expect. For the most part, Maude Apatow’s character Lexi is far-removed from these elements of the show, which might allow Apatow to focus more on the aesthetic qualities of the show rather than the content himself. Either way, his support for his daughter’s endeavors is nice to see, even if he seems to be holding back just a bit when it comes to his thoughts about the oft-discussed show.

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