Why does nobody like Leslie Mann?


27th October 2012

Leslie Mann is, by all accounts, a happily married mother of two, who occasionally appears in husband Judd Apatow's films, usually playing the mother of her own kids. She has a happy family, life is good. Then how come whenever she's on screen, everyone always hates her?

This Is 40, Judd Apatow's sort-of sequel to Knocked Up, gives us another chance to revisit the marital struggles of Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) as they officially hit middle-age. This is the perfect opportunity to look back at the fragile relationships that have plagued Leslie Mann's CV. How come she can't get no love? She's basically like Jennifer Aniston (except she actually gets married).

The Change-Up (2011)

With Jason Bateman doing his best Ryan Reynolds impression (refusing to change nappies, slagging off the cooking, missing dinner dates and generally being a dick), it's no surprise that Leslie's frustrated, neglected housewife tearfully unloads all of her marriage problems on her teenage babysitter - who just wants to go home.
Funny People (2009)

It might all look like happy families with Eric Bana, living the good life in San Francisco with her (real-life) sprogs running about. But in actual fact, her husband regularly cheats on her and when her old flame George Simmons comes back on the scene, she actually considers uprooting her kids and running off to LA. Talk about a broken home.
I Love You, Philip Morris (2009)

When your husband comes out as a gay man and subsequently leaves you in favour of a new life in Miami Beach bumming Rodrigo Santoro and Ewan McGregor, it's perhaps time to question whether you're actually any good at this being a wife lark.
17 Again (2009)

Fed up with her husband's lack of ambition in life, Leslie ups sticks and leaves Matthew Perry, only to start getting friendly with her kids' new 17-year-old friend, who SPOILER ALERT is actually her husband, but younger, and looking like Zac Efron. Is this messed up? I don't even know anymore.
Knocked Up (2007)

With a husband who would rather spend his evenings playing fantasy baseball with his buddies, or going to see Spider-Man 3 alone instead of spending time with her, something's not quite right. Despite some interest from a stoned Jason Segel, poor Leslie ends up crying on a curb outside a nightclub after being called "old as fuck" by the bouncer.
The 40 Year-Old Virgin (2005)

It's got to be tough when your best friend is marrying your ex-boyfriend who cheated on you. But that doesn't stop our Leslie - who's definitely not over this bloke Dan - from having a ruddy good night, filled with drink-driving, tears, regurgitated daiquiris and scaring the life out of a yellow shirt-wearing virgin. It really does seem Judd Apatow likes to shatter his wife's confidence.

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