Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
‘Game Of Thrones’ Will Probably End After Season 8, But HBO Is Open To Prequels & More ‘Game Of Thrones’ Will Probably End After Season 8, But HBO Is Open To Prequels & More The 25 Best Action Movies Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Action Movies Of The 21st Century So Far Relativity Puts 'Jane Got A Gun' And More Up For Sale As They Fight Off Bankruptcy Relativity Puts 'Jane Got A Gun' And More Up For Sale As They Fight Off Bankruptcy Zack Snyder Says Batman Has A "Crisis Of Conscience" In 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Plus New Pics Zack Snyder Says Batman Has A "Crisis Of Conscience" In 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Plus New Pics Venice 2015 Line-Up: 'Equals' With Kristen Stewart, 'Beasts Of No Nation,' 'The Danish Girl,' More Venice 2015 Line-Up: 'Equals' With Kristen Stewart, 'Beasts Of No Nation,' 'The Danish Girl,' More Watch: 4-Minute Tribute To Lars von Trier's Masterful Film Work Watch: 4-Minute Tribute To Lars von Trier's Masterful Film Work New 'Deadpool' Images, Ryan Reynolds Distances Himself From 'X-Men: Origins' New 'Deadpool' Images, Ryan Reynolds Distances Himself From 'X-Men: Origins' TIFF Images: Emma Watson In 'Colonia,' Brie Larson In 'Room,' Charlie Kaufman's 'Anomalisa' And More TIFF Images: Emma Watson In 'Colonia,' Brie Larson In 'Room,' Charlie Kaufman's 'Anomalisa' And More Richard Linklater Frontrunner To Direct 'The Rosie Project' Starring Jennifer Lawrence Richard Linklater Frontrunner To Direct 'The Rosie Project' Starring Jennifer Lawrence Watch: Blu-Ray Trailer For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Plus 11 New Clips From The Film Watch: Blu-Ray Trailer For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Plus 11 New Clips From The Film The 10 Best And 5 Worst Tom Cruise Performances The 10 Best And 5 Worst Tom Cruise Performances Watch: New Trailer For 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Blu-ray Release Explores Who Killed The World Watch: New Trailer For 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Blu-ray Release Explores Who Killed The World 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 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 The 20 Best Documentaries Of 2015 So Far The 20 Best Documentaries 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 "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

Judd Apatow Goes Long Again: 'This Is 40' Will Run Over 2 Hours

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist October 19, 2012 at 10:03AM

"It's long," Leslie Mann told Collider this summer about "This Is 40." "The first cut was really long, but now he's gotten it down to I think... two [hours] and change? But it's worth it, you want it to be that long." Now it seems the "change" for Judd Apatow's latest has added up.
2
This Is 40

"It's long," Leslie Mann told Collider this summer about "This Is 40." "The first cut was really long, but now he's gotten it down to I think... two [hours] and change? But it's worth it, you want it to be that long." Now it seems the "change" for Judd Apatow's latest has added up.

The writer/producer/director's latest is preparing for its first L.A. screening at the LACMA on November 1st, and the info for the picture reveals that it will run 134 minutes. That will make it his second longest film following "Funny People," and beating the 116 and 129 minute runtimes of "The 40 Year Old Virgin" and "Knocked Up" respectively (though they both run 133 minutes on their extended DVD versions).

So is this a good or bad thing? Of course, we won't know until we actually see the movie, but the argument could be made that as Apatow's films have baggier with longer running times. 'Virgin' manages to sustain the length (let's face, who watches the theatrical cut of that one?) because it's consistently hilarious, but that isn't necessarily true for the dramedy of "Knocked Up" which does sag in either iteration. And the same certainly goes for the sprawling, but not necessarily focused "Funny People."

As we noted in our discussion recently about the movie, it will either see Apatow (hopefully) using his familiar brand and style to tell his most personal story yet (a direction he has been heading toward over the course of his films) or more of the familiar, loose and improv heavy antics with a dollop of drama to keep it grounded. The December release date might be most telling of what kind of movie to expect. But undoubtedly, as the past has shown, while we'll be getting 134 minutes at the theater, there will be even more by time it hits home video.

"This Is 40" opens on December 21st.

This article is related to: This Is 40


The Playlist

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


E-Mail Updates