Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Just For Laughs: 'The Big Lebowski' Live Read With Michael Fassbender & Jennifer Lawrence Just For Laughs: 'The Big Lebowski' Live Read With Michael Fassbender & Jennifer Lawrence Union Rep Says Safety Was A Concern On 'The Revenant' Shoot Union Rep Says Safety Was A Concern On 'The Revenant' Shoot All The Songs In 'Paper Towns' Including Bon Iver, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, Bob Dylan, And More All The Songs In 'Paper Towns' Including Bon Iver, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, Bob Dylan, And More "A Living Hell": 'The Revenant' Is Reportedly $35 Million Over Budget, A Producer Exited The Movie, And More "A Living Hell": 'The Revenant' Is Reportedly $35 Million Over Budget, A Producer Exited The Movie, And More 'Top Of The Lake' Season 2 Starts Shooting This Year, Elisabeth Moss Returns 'Top Of The Lake' Season 2 Starts Shooting This Year, Elisabeth Moss Returns Watch: Trailer For Bret Easton Ellis’ Penned Teen Horror ‘The Curse of Downers Grove’ With Bella Heathcote Watch: Trailer For Bret Easton Ellis’ Penned Teen Horror ‘The Curse of Downers Grove’ With Bella Heathcote Watch: Video Essay Counts Down The 10 Most Beautiful Movies Of All Time Watch: Video Essay Counts Down The 10 Most Beautiful Movies Of All Time Watch: Bond Is Back In New Trailer For 'Spectre' With Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, And More Watch: Bond Is Back In New Trailer For 'Spectre' With Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, And More Alejandro González Iñárritu Still Has To Shoot The Finale Of 'The Revenant' Alejandro González Iñárritu Still Has To Shoot The Finale Of 'The Revenant' BBC's 100 Greatest American Films List Includes 'The Dark Knight,' 'Heaven's Gate,' 'Chinatown,' 'Tree Of Life,' And More BBC's 100 Greatest American Films List Includes 'The Dark Knight,' 'Heaven's Gate,' 'Chinatown,' 'Tree Of Life,' And More Ava DuVernay Says She Turned Down 'Black Panther' Because There Might've Been Too Much Compromise Ava DuVernay Says She Turned Down 'Black Panther' Because There Might've Been Too Much Compromise The 20 Best Films Of 2015 So Far The 20 Best Films Of 2015 So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season Stephen King Says Wendy In Kubrick's 'The Shining' Is "One Of The Most Misogynistic Characters Ever Put On Film" Stephen King Says Wendy In Kubrick's 'The Shining' Is "One Of The Most Misogynistic Characters Ever Put On Film" All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More "It Was A Clusterfuck From Day One": 5 Things About Neill Blomkamp's Failed 'Halo' Movie "It Was A Clusterfuck From Day One": 5 Things About Neill Blomkamp's Failed 'Halo' Movie Martin Scorsese Names His 11 Scariest Horror Movies of All Time Martin Scorsese Names His 11 Scariest Horror Movies of All Time

First Look: Paul Rudd And Leslie Mann In Judd Apatow's 'This Is 40'

The Playlist By Simon Dang | The Playlist January 15, 2012 at 10:05AM

While his production machine has continued to churn out comedies at a steady rate, it's been three years since Judd Apatow himself has been behind the camera with a feature film. 2009 saw the release of his dramedy "Funny People" which was, for the most part, warmly received but it's probably his sophomore feature "Knocked Up" which he is most renowned for. This year will see Apatow return with "This Is Forty," a thus far somewhat mystery spin-off from his 2007 film with the focus shifted towards the characters portrayed by Paul Rudd and Apatow's wife Leslie Mann.
2
Mann Rudd This Is Forty

While his production machine has continued to churn out comedies at a steady rate, it's been three years since Judd Apatow himself has been behind the camera with a feature film. 2009 saw the release of his dramedy "Funny People" which was, for the most part, warmly received but it's probably his sophomore feature "Knocked Up" which he is most renowned for. This year will see Apatow return with "This Is Forty," a thus far somewhat mystery spin-off from his 2007 film with the focus shifted towards the characters portrayed by Paul Rudd and Apatow's wife Leslie Mann.

The film began lensing last year with Apatow's two daughters Ira and Maude as well as Jason Segel (in a brief cameo) and Charlyne Yi joining Rudd and Mann in reprising their roles. But, with the addition of numerous actors such as Megan Fox, Chris O'Dowd, Melissa McCarthy, John Lithgow, Lena Durham, Annie Mumolo as well as Albert Brooks joining as Rudd's father, it was quickly evident that the project would be a fairly different beast to the film it's derived from.

Courtesy of feature piece with the L.A. Times this weekend, we now have our first look at the leading couple and their daughters with the story also noting that the film "picks up with the family a few years after 'Knocked Up' where Pete's music label is struggling and Debbie's vanity business, a dress shop staffed by the comely Desi (Fox) and the awkward Jodi (Yi), needs to help cover the household budget." 

"It's the kind of stuff about marriage that you don't get to see in movies," Mann reveals. "It's 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?"

Not exactly a subject we've never seen tackled but coupled with the improvisational comedy stylings of Apatow? We're sold. And, for all those who have worn out the line-o-ramas on their Apatow DVDs, the story has a preview of one line improvised on-set where Mann is coached by Apatow into riffing with Yi about Fox's assets as a salesperson. "She's hotter than me," she reportedly repeats after Apatow with an arched eyebrow. "It's like having Babe Ruth working at your store."

Mann also touched on the personal significance of the film, noting that it's partly based her and Apatow's own 14-year marriage. "The good moments are me and Judd," the actress joked. And the bads moments? "Oh, those are all Paul Rudd and his wife."

"This Is Forty" will see the light of day on December 21st. 

This article is related to: Judd Apatow, Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates