A deleted scene from This Is 40 has been released online. The film is a spin-off of Knocked Up and follows married couple Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) as they deal with marriage and family. I’m surprised this scene was cut since it’s emblematic of the film: it’s intermittently funny, it goes on way too long, and it’s mostly the actors riffing on a topic intended to be too blunt for the audience to handle (Anal sex in a handicapped bathroom stall! Edgy!) If you saw the movie this past weekend and still can’t get enough, then this clip is for you.
Hit the jump to check out the clip, which also stars Maude Apatow, Iris Apatow, Robert Smigel, and Annie Mumolo.
It’s not all gold, Mr. Apatow. The logic behind his films seems to be, “If it got big laughs at a test screening, we should probably keep it.” Therefore, the editing isn’t decided on how best to tell the story, but how many jokes they can stuff into a borderline-ridiculous runtime. If this is the case, then there must be an absolute certainty that the jokes are all terrific, and that it doesn’t detract from the characters or the plot. You can have the “Know how I know you’re gay?” scene in The 40-Year-Old Virgin because it’s funny, it doesn’t slow the film down, and it doesn’t detract from overall narrative. This Is 40, Judd Apatow‘s latest film, lacks any such cohesion. As nothing more than a slice-of-life, it’s free to wander around aimlessly, sometimes running up against great jokes, and sometimes meandering through scenes that could be cut completely. More frustrating, beneath the sporadic success of the humor, there’s a compelling story and strong performances, especially from Leslie Mann. Unfortunately, This Is 40 works in reverse, trying to let a story flow out of humorous situations rather than vice-versa.
Universal Pictures has released five clips from writer/director Judd Apatow’s new film This Is 40. For those unaware, the pic is a “sort-of sequel” to Apatow’s 2008 film Knocked Up, and continues the story of the characters played by Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann five years later as they’re navigating new challenges to their careers, parents, marriage, and children.
Hit the jump to watch the clips. The film also stars Albert Brooks, John Lithgow, Maude Apatow, Iris Apatow, Megan Fox, Chris O’Dowd, Charlyne Yi, Jason Segel, and Melissa McCarthy. This Is 40 opens on December 21st.
Universal Pictures has released a large batch of images from writer/director Judd Apatow’s upcoming comedy This Is 40. For those unaware, the film is a “sort-of sequel” to Apatow’s 2008 film Knocked Up and picks up with the characters played by Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann five years later as they’re navigating new challenges to their careers, parents, marriage, and children. I’m encouraged by what we’ve seen thus far, and if anyone can bring a brutally honest portrayal of a marriage to the screen with equal parts charm and heartbreak, it’s Rudd and Mann. These new images provide a colorful look at Apatow’s impressive cast.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film also stars Albert Brooks, John Lithgow, Maude Apatow, Iris Apatow, Megan Fox, Chris O’Dowd, Charlyne Yi, Jason Segel, and Melissa McCarthy. This Is 40 opens on December 21st.
A new red-band trailer has been released for Judd Apatow‘s new comedy, This Is 40. The Knocked-Up spin-off follows Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) as they try to navigate new challenges to their careers, parents, marriage, and children. Since Apatow films about 26-days of ad-libbing, a third of the jokes in this trailer aren’t in the movie even though the film is over two-hours long. That’s not to say that movie isn’t funny, but it’s odd to use jokes to sell the film and then decide those jokes weren’t good enough for the final cut.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Megan Fox, Albert Brooks, John Lithgow, Chris O’Dowd, Jason Segel, Maude Apatow, and Iris Apatow. This Is 40 opens December 21st.
The first image has gone online from Judd Apatow‘s Knocked Up spinoff, This Is Forty. Apatow’s latest comedy brings us back to Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) and the comic trials and tribulations of their marriage. The movie will pick up several years after Knocked Up and show the couple facing new challenges. Per the LA Times, “Pete’s music label is struggling and Debbie’s vanity business, a dress shop staffed by the comely Desi (Megan Fox) and the awkward Jodi (Charlyne Yi), needs to help cover the household budget.” Mann and Apatow’s real-life daughters, Maude and Iris Apatow, will be reprising their Knocked Up characters as well. I wonder if Iris’ character still likes Green Day.
Hit the jump to see the full image and to learn more about the upcoming comedy. This Is Forty opens December 21st.