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Undeniably, as a writer-director and producer Judd Apatow has a gift for creating movies and television shows that are crass, a little ludicrous, and yet chock-full of heart. But even the most devoted fans of Judd Apatow acknowledge that when it comes to killing his darlings Apatow struggles, offering movies that are hilarious but often overlong. This is in part because of his improvisation-friendly style, which sometimes leads to comedy gold and other times leads to moments too funny to be forgotten, but not good enough for the final cut.
To see the latter, audiences usually have to wait for Apatow's movies to come out on DVD, but not anymore! To promote his Knocked-Up spin-off This is 40, Apatow has been unveiling a steady stream of deleted scenes. There was the awkward double date, and Billie Joe Armstrong's pitch of a violent new sound sure to hurt his record sales. Now a new clip has surfaced featuring Megan Fox, Jason Segel and Chris O'Dowd. Check it out below.
It's funny to see Apatow essentially pitting two of his previous romantic leads (Segel in The Five-Year Engagement and O'Dowd in Bridesmaids) against each other, attempting to win the attention of Fox. To her credit, she holds her own in this scene, though it's easy to understand why only a shorter version of the scene made the cut.
This is 40 is now in theaters. Read Sean's review and check out trailers in our Blend Film Database.