‘This Is 40′ Trailer: Judd Apatow’s Sort-Of Sequel to ‘Knocked Up’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 26th, 2013 at 7:09 am,

The latest product from House Judd Apatow, The Five-Year Engagement, hits theaters this weekend, and with it comes the first theatrical trailer for This Is 40: a (sorta) followup to Knocked Up that looks at what married with kids couple Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) are up to, now that they’re about to become officially middle-aged.

Apatow wrote, directed, and produced This Is 40, which also features familiar Apatow-verse faces as Jason Segel, Charlyne Yi, his real-life wife (Mann) and daughters, Maude and Iris. The supporting cast is rounded out by seasoned comedic talent in the forms of Albert Brooks, John Lithgow, Melissa McCarthy and Lena Dunham (Girls). Did we mention Megan Fox is in this too? (Odd though it may seem…)

As expected, the trailer for This Is 40 makes the film look like Apatow’s customary serving of raunchy laughs and awkward humor, blended together with some tender (if occasionally gooey) sentiment and relatable drama about the challenges that come with family, relationships, aging – and just being an adult, in general. Nothing surprising, for sure, but like they say: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

The handful of jokes and character beats included in this first trailer are definitely worth a chuckle or two – be it the glimpse at what could be another scene-stealing turn from McCarthy (fresh off her Oscar-nominated role in Bridesmaids) – or that end sight gag, with Pete wanting Debbie’s help checking out his… ahem, nether regions.

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The happy (?) family in 'This Is 40'

All three of Apatow’s previous feature-length writing/directing efforts (The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Funny People) adhered pretty closely to the “Apatow formula,” with each subsequent film being comparatively more serious than its predecessor. That trend looks to change somewhat with This Is 40, which falls somewhere between Knocked Up and Funny People, as far as the comedy-to-drama ratio goes.

That’s all to say: with a well-established cast and Apatow still working near the top of his game, This Is 40 should go over well with the moviegoing masses, more so than Funny People managed to. Of course, more important than that (for our purposes) – it actually looks like a pretty good movie.

This Is 40 arrives in theaters around the U.S. on December 21st, 2012.

Source: iTunes Movie Trailers

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  1. I think this looks great and I love all things Apatow, I am in!

  2. I’m in class and I’m trying so hard not to laugh right now.

    • I am at work and when I saw Paul Rudd with his legs up in the air and the mirror I burst out laughing infront of my boss and co-workers!

  3. Hell yeah i’ll be there opening day.

  4. Judds wife and kids in his movie? Again…(sigh) This film looks like crap.

    • it doesn’t look like crap. i loved them from knocked up, and thought the movie could have been about them and easily have been just as entertaining back then. this looks good, although i’d really like to see paul rudd in some other kind of role. not a drama or anything, just another character. anyone agree?

      • it does look like complete crap. We all love Knocked Up but after that Judd lost his touch. That’s why he’s doing this “sort of sequel.” he’s got nothing.

        • Hate to tell you this, but not everyone is going to agree with you. Welcome to the world wide web

  5. Doesn’t look funny at all. Though, to be honest, I’m hard to please when it comes to comedy. Stuff like The 40 Year Old Virgin, Anchorman, or Bad Santa is the kind of comedy I love.

  6. One does not simply attempt to compete with The Hobbit..

  7. why so close to christmas? seems like a weird time to releas a film like this

  8. Needs to pick up the pace, the FUN! song fit ironically nice at first, but went on way too long.

  9. People asking “why Christmas?”, think about it. You have Django and The Hobbit. And Christmas is the last major release time. And lets be honest, not everyone wants to go see Django or The Hobbit and would prefer a comedic alternative.

  10. Being this side of 40, all that does is make me sad, but I guess I best face reality and see it.

  11. This humor and these actors are getting old, tired, stale.