Raunchy or physical comedies often produce good summer results and this year's crop is a healthy one. Judd Apatow, writer-director of summer 2005 hit The 40-Year-Old Virgin, is behind the camera again for Universal's Knocked Up (June 1), about a man who finds out he has impregnated his one-night stand.
Apatow, who produced last summer's comedy hit Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby for Sony, is also a producer on that studio's sexual-coming-of-age comedy Super Bad (August 17), from Da Ali G Show writers Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen.
Adam Sandler - whose Click produced a $137.4m domestic take last summer - stars in Universal's I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry (July 20), directed by Dennis Dugan.
Robin Williams, who had a surprise summer US hit last year with RV ($71.7m domestic, $15.8m international), is back in Warner's License To Wed, which bravely opens on July 4 opposite Transformers. Disney/BVI's Underdog opens on August 3, opposite The Bourne Ultimatum, and Disney executives have high hopes for the live-action/CGI adaptation of the cartoon series about a beagle with superhuman powers. 'Dogs travel really well,' observes Disney's Zoradi, 'and talking dogs travel even better.'