This Is 40 is a new comedy movie coming in theatres with a bunch of laughter and hilarious scenes this Christmas. This Is 40 is a sort-of-spin-off of the 2007 film, Knocked Up and features the lives of Debbie and Pete as they struggle through their marriage with some growing financial troubles slowly adding pressure to their lives. This new film is written and directed by Judd Apatow who also directed Knocked Up. Let’s check out some early news on this new film:
“Christmas Comedy With This Is 40
One of the many bright spots in Judd Apatow’s much-loved dramedy Knocked Up was the hilariously acrimonious married couple Pete and Debbie, a pair of side characters memorably played by Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann. Here Apatow gives them their own film, This Is 40, an uproariously funny and rousing drama about the pangs of middle age which avoids the slightly forced revelatory quality of the original film, instead opting for a more convincing and relatable bout of pragmatism. At the end of the day, this is a film about what really matters in life – family.
The film begins with Debbie’s 40th birthday – despite her protestations that she’s 38, or maybe 37 – while Pete’s is only a few days away itself. They’re clearly shocked at the prospect of becoming even remotely “old”, that’s only the first of the issues in a story that ably divorces itself from simply becoming another “white rich people problems” film. Pete now runs a record label, but is struggling to make ends meet, and needs to scout a hot band soon or risk going bust, while Debbie’s boutique store has a $12,000 defecit, which one of her employees (Megan Fox and Charlene Yi) might be responsible for. Add to this the fact that Pete is secretly loaning boatloads of money to his financially unstable father, Larry (Albert Brooks), and it’s evident something has to change.
Even before their financial situation begins to overwhelm, though, it is clear that comfortable complacency can itself be a problem, and these added woes only further put their relationship to the test. Perhaps the most tellingly provocative moment comes when Debbie asks Pete, “If I hadn’t gotten pregnant twelve years ago, would we even still be together?”. It’s a taxing question, and one likely to reverberate through the minds of many married couples sat watching the film. Piling up the problems as he does, Apatow nevertheless manages to turn potentially miserable material into something uplifting and resonant, with his unmistakable blend of brutal honesty and universal emotion.
Clearly a personal work for Apatow though one he insists is not autobiographical, he manages to make the drama funny in a serious way, if that makes sense. The film’s bent of stinging humour largely stems from how brutally honest it is with regards to relationship dynamics and the less-flattering aspects of the ageing process. Credit to Apatow for shrewdly casting his entire immediate family as three of the leads (Mann being his real-life wife, playing alongside their two daughters); their real-life familiarity is apparent on-screen and enhances our engagement, aided entirely, of course, by the fact that Apatow’s daughters, Maude and Iris, are fantastically talented young actresses in their own rights.”
The rest of the article can be read at What Culture
This Is 40 is scheduled to be released in cinemas on December 21st 2012 and stars Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Megan Fox and Jason Segel.
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