‘This Is 40′ Trailer: ‘Knocked Up’s’ Pete & Debbie Plan To Kill Each Other

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 10:00 pm,

Judd Apatow’s This Is 40 follows the (mis)adventures of Knocked Up couple Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) as they reach the milestone that is 40 years of age, while grappling with common struggles that come with being responsible adults and raising kids. That’s essentially the plot in a nutshell, as the first trailer summarized in a matter of two minutes.

The new trailer for This Is 40 is a compilation of funny exchanges and amusingly awkward moments from the film, such as when Pete and his biking buddy (played by longtime SNL contributor Robert Smigel) fantasize about their wives suddenly passing away peacefully – or pillow talk that culminates with Debbie marveling at how often she’s imagined killing Pete (and how simple it would actually be).

We’re also treated to several appearances from celebrities who, in turn, are either cameoing in This Is 40 or playing side roles in the self-deprecating drama-comedy (heavier on the comedy). That includes Jason Segel, Bridesmaids costars Melissa McCarthy and Chris O’Dowd, Albert Brooks (Drive), John Lithgow, and Megan Fox playing a vapid hottie whose looks leaves neurotic folk around her envious (quite the stretch, we know). This Is 40 also features brief appearances by such comedic performers as Charlyne Yi (Paper Heart), Lena Dunham (Girls), Tim Bagley (Austin Powers), and Suzy Nakamura (Curb Your Enthusiasm).

Expect most of these recognizable-faces to show up onscreen in This Is 40 for only a few (possibly even scene-stealing) minutes, as is common practice for Apatow productions (see: The Five-Year Engagement, for a recent example).

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Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann in 'This Is 40'

You’d be forgiven for feeling a little worn out when it comes to Apatow projects, as his name has been featured front and center on the four films he’s produced since directing Funny People in 2009 (Get Him to the Greek, Bridesmaids, Wanderlust, Five-Year Engagement) – and those last two hit theaters within a few months of each other, earlier this year. The same relatable comedy, raunch, and heartfelt drama have been featured each time - with “spices” to add variety (re: different plot concepts and celebrities).

The final results generally range from passable to excellent, with box office returns usually (but not always) reflecting the differences in quality. Apatow’s dramatic sensibilities seem to have improved since Funny People, while his comedy writing comes off as top-notch in trailer footage for This Is 40; so, it should do solid business in theaters, especially since likable leads in Rudd and Mann are headlining the show this time.

This Is 40 opens in U.S. theaters on December 21st, 2012.

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  1. Funny People was one of my favorite comedies of the past 5 years, I`m hoping this is just as good, though nothing in that trailer made me laugh.

  2. Funny People sucked. But I’ve become a huge Paul Rudd fan since his re-birth in 40 Year Old Virgin. And while Wanderlust lacked, this does look promising. Especially since I liked the characters the first time I saw em. I’ll give it a shot. What the heck, I’ve dragged my wife to enough comic book films lately. She needs some chick flick.

  3. I agree Funny People was hilarious and I really enjoyed it. Also an enjoyable performance from Sandler which we don’t see very often anymore. The title and the marketing seemed to confuse people about how much of a comedy it actually is though, the drama far outweighed the comedy.

    • So if it far outweighed it then how would it be hilarious. Not following? Good point on the marketing though. Sandler was good, the movie not so much.

      • Sandler was a joke in the dramatic parts of Funny People. PTA coaxed a decent dramatic performance out of Sandler in Punch-Drunk Love and that’s all poor Adam’s had to use ever since when facing a dramatic roll. Mopey, mumbling self-loathing gets old pretty fast

        • Not all. See Reign Over Me with him and Don Cheadle.

  4. What happen to Seth Rogan? If Rogan doesnt make a cameo it just won’t feel right.

  5. Well I was going to say this looks about as Funny as Funny People which wasn’t very funny at all. They say comedy is one of the most open to interpretations in all genres of film. So opinions on that will vary more so than usual. Having said that.. Don’t give Funny People that title & take out the whole part with Apatow kids at the end at it wouldn’t be crap. Don’t get me wrong his kids were funny in Knocked Up, but felt so forced in Funny People. Their are some funny parts in the movie & a good movie in their some where. After a long editing session. Now 40 Year Old Virgin that is what I call hilarious. Raa Raaa Randyyyy

  6. While I agree with most of the sentiments being exchanged here I have to say this film looks like it is moving more into the vein of Modern Family where the content isn’t always laugh out loud funny but instead appeals to your comedic senses while also balancing out the scale with drama.