“This Is 40” trailer offers first look at Judd Apatow’s “Knocked Up” spin-off

Paul Rudd in "This Is 40"

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Judd Apatow‘s movies have made a marked progression towards the dramatic as the years have gone on. His films have always straddled the line between funny and honest, but “Funny People” clearly strikes a more emotional chord than Apatow’s first feature, “The 40 Year Old Virgin.”

If that’s the direction that we’re headed, then it seems like Apatow’s latest, “This Is 40,” may be his most honest comedy yet. The trailer for the flick has arrived, and Apatow should be applauded for making turning 40 seem more horrifying than being knocked up by Seth Rogen.

As the trailer says, “This Is 40” is the “sort of sequel” to 2007’s “Knocked Up.” It puts Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann‘s characters front and center, and focuses on their lives as they both turn 40. When we say this may be Apatow’s most personal film yet, we weren’t joking. It stars his wife and his two children, and replaces himself with Rudd. In case you were wondering, Apatow turned 40 five years ago and Mann hit the big year a month ago.

“I started thinking about writing a movie about a family and their midlife crisis, and then I realized I already have that family in one of my movies and I like them. Why do I have to meet new actors? I can use these amazing actors that people seem to like and were interested in learning more about and it came out really well,” Apatow told IFC back in January.

Though Rudd and Mann are at the center of this story, “This Is 40” touts a long list of celebrity costars. The trailer teases Jason Segel, Melissa McCarthy and Ryan Lee’s roles, but we also have Megan Fox, Lena Dunham, Charlyne Yi, Chris O’Dowd, Albert Brooks and John Lithgow to look forward to. Hopefully we’ll see more of them in the next trailer, whenever it is released.

“This Is 40” is due in theaters on December 21.

What did you think of this trailer? Are you a fan of Apatow’s genuine style of filmmaking? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter!

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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