First Look At Judd Apatow's Knocked Up Spin-Off This Is 40

By Jesse Carp 2012-01-16 14:54:46discussion comments
Judd Apatow is currently busy making the awards season rounds, promoting the surprise contender and break out comedy of the summer, Bridesmaids. Despite the many, many fantastic Apatow produced and/or directed movies over the last decade, the female led film will mark the first time one of the comedy giant's films has really created that kind of awards buzz. They are always well-received, but to actually contend for spots in several of the big categories at this year's Academy Awards - as projected - is a whole new ballgame and perhaps a telling sign for next winter's This is 40.

The spin-off (to avoid using the notoriously dirty word 'sequel') from Apatow's smash hit Knocked Up has secured an awards-friendly December 21, 2012 release date and has us eagerly anticipating the chance to catch up with the characters a few years down the line. This is 40 will focus on Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann's married couple (Pete and Debbie) and their children (Maude and Iris Apatow) as they continue to deal with... well, life. And that is what is really refreshing about the Judd Apatow narratives - it's rare to find comedies that are less plot based and instead actually spend a lot of time living with the characters and letting the comedy and situations come organically as a result.

The L.A. Times caught up with Leslie Mann, the film's star and the director's wife, who described the plot as,
"about getting older. What the hell happened? Am I making all the right choices? Is this where I'm supposed to be? Is this it? All of those dreams that you had when you were young, all of the possibilities, when you lock into marriage and kids, do the possibilities dwindle or go away?"

She also says that she finds it rare for films to deal with these kinds of marital themes and adult issues even though they are incredibly common and relatable problems. In fact, it's exactly that familiarity, the willingness to handle life head-on while also highlighting the humor in our struggles, that makes Apatow's work stand out amongst the rest of the comedic landscape. The interview with Mann also highlights the ways in which working on one of Judd's films may be a bit more improvisational and finally how all the good parts are based on their wonderful marriage. The bad parts? Mann says, "oh, those are all Paul and his wife." I guess the jokes don't just come from the husband. Here's our first look at the film.



This is 40 opens wide on December 12, 2012. It is written and directed by Judd Apatow and stars Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd, Megan Fox, Charlyne Yi, Maude Apatow and Iris Apatow. To read more about it, go on to our Blend Film Database.
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