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Review: Judd Apatow's 'This Is 40' Is Sprawling And Undisciplined, But Emotionally Honest Too

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 18, 2012 12:30 PM
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Hearing that writer/director Judd Apatow, arguably the most influential and highly regarded comedic talent in the past decade, was making a "sort-of sequel" to his smash "Knocked Up," it's easy to assume that his creative well has run dry. Why return to that world, only to focus on a pair of side characters (played by Paul Rudd and Apatow's wife, Leslie Mann), especially when Apatow seems particularly fascinated by the interpersonal relationships between modern day fuck-ups, which provide a nearly endless canvas to paint on. But that "sort-of sequel" is anything but an eager cash-grab or a creatively bankrupt ploy; Apatow is genuinely invested in these characters and scenarios. One of the main problems is that it's an unfocused movie without a narrative rudder; a collection of funny observations about marriage and family without much connective tissue or momentum in an ultimately small stakes story. Apatow indulges in his freeform tendencies to a particularly destructive degree with "This is 40," resulting in a movie whose ambitions are only equaled by its shortcomings.

All The Songs In 'This Is 40' Including Paul Simon, Missy Elliot, Van Halen, The Pixies & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 17, 2012 10:36 AM
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While turning 40 in Judd Apatow's latest might not be pretty, the writer/director/producer knows that of the many things that mark mid-life, music is a big one. And perhaps more than any other of his films to date, "This Is 40" is stacked with music. The official soundtrack boasts 17 songs, including new tunes from Norah Jones, Fiona Apple, Graham Parker, and Lindsey Buckingham. The movie itself features even more, including a handful of unlikely surprises.

Watch: 3 New Clips & 3 New Featurettes From Judd Apatow's 'This Is 40'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 13, 2012 3:58 PM
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This Christmas, stepping into middle age isn't going to go smoothly, at least not for Pete and Debbie in Judd Apatow's "This Is 40." The quasi-semi-sidequel-spinoff to "Knocked Up" reunites Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann in their roles, but fast fowards to find them both approaching the big four oh. And as usual, Apatow's loose, collaborative and improvisational style, helped him piece together the film.

Judd Apatow Calls 'This Is 40' A "Coded Conversation" About His Life: 6 Things Learned About The 'Knocked Up' Spinoff

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 11, 2012 3:09 PM
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After the comprehensive onslaught of attributed projects for which his name lies above the title, it then remains a rare and welcome sight to see Judd Apatow return for his fourth directorial effort, “This is 40.” Last seen in 2009 with “Funny People,” Apatow has now expanded his cinematic universe with his latest film to focus on Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann), two supporting characters from “Knocked Up” who return saddled with a host of unexplored issues.

Family (And Megan Fox) Comes Front In Center In New Batch Of 'This Is 40' Images Starring Paul Rudd & Leslie Mann

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 10, 2012 5:30 PM
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The messiness of family and all its glory is front and center in Judd Apatow's upcoming dramedy, "This Is 40." The "sort-of sequel" to 2007's "Knocked Up," this more grown-up comedy expands on the family in the film played by Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann and the kids Maude and Iris Apatow. ''People really responded to Pete and Debbie, and I thought it would be fun to see where they are now,'' Apatow told EW recently. ''I come from television, so I want there to be 80 episodes of everything.''

The Best Movie Music Moments Of 2012

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 10, 2012 3:05 PM
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When it first began, many, many years ago, The Playlist covered film in general, but with a particular focus on the places where movies intersected with music -- scores, soundtracks, music videos et al. And while our remit has grown over time, it's still something we take a particular interest in. After all, it's hard to think of major movies in which music doesn't play a key part, from a piece of score elevating a key sequence to a pop song that becomes inextricably linked with a film until the end of time.

Watch: Paul Rudd Uses Viagra In Red Band Trailer For 'This Is 40' Plus Two New Featurettes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 10, 2012 12:33 PM
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The red band trailer usually delivers nudity, foul language and all kinds of other stuff they can't show general audiences without some concerned parent gasping at the horror of it all. This one for "This Is 40" has none of those which leaves us asking why it was designated with that tag. Was it Paul Rudd's anus? The use of the word 'dicks'? The suggestion that Megan Fox isn't wearing any undewear? We're sure the stuffed shirts at the MPAA have their reasons, but anyway you can check out the not-so-naughty work below.

Watch: Megan Fox's Boobs Continue To Promote 'This Is 40' In New Featurette

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 5, 2012 10:40 AM
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After the disappointing box office returns of 2009’s “Funny People," Universal is pulling no punches in making sure that everyone knows that “This Is 40” is a (quasi) sequel to Judd Apatow’s earlier hit “Knocked Up.” To that end, here are two featurettes from the film along with another listen to a song from the soundtrack.

The 10 Films Worth Tracking Down In Theaters In December

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 4, 2012 11:13 AM
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With November done, there's only a few weeks left of 2012, and as ever, they're positively stacked with movies. The month is back-loaded with the usual mix of family fare, blockbusters and awards hopefuls, and no less than sixteen major movies will hit screens between the 19th and the 28th of December. To help you sort the wheat from the chaff, we've picked out ten of the key releases that, whether they work or not, will be dominating the conversation all the way into 2013. Check them out below, and let us know what you're most looking forward to in the comments section.

Watch: Megan Fox Is In A Bikini In New Clip From Judd Apatow's 'This Is 40'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 29, 2012 3:49 PM
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Turning forty (or even passing through your mid-thirties) means seeing your once youthful body morph into a lumpy, misshapen thing that is no longer as tolerant of the excess of years past. And so, for Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann), when Desi (Megan Fox) walks into their lives, it's easy to see why they both pay attention.

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