When we first heard that Judd Apatow was working on a spin-off movie to “Knocked Up,” we were hesitant. Why, after only directing three movies in his career, would he return to a previous project instead of making something new? But the more we’ve heard about “This Is 40,” the more interested we get in the idea.
Consider us charmed by Apatow’s latest by now. Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd reprise their “Knocked Up” roles, albeit without the inclusion of Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl for context. In this film, they both turn age 40 and deal with the mid-life and marriage crises that come along with hitting that big birthday.
The latest trailer shows that it won’t all be roses for the long-married couple. Each side of the party apparently fantasizes about killing the other, while their children get older and more difficult to manage. And then there are their respective parents: John Lithgow for Mann and Albert Brooks for Rudd. (Yes, the cast is that good.) Mix those elements with what look to be great performances from the likes of Jason Segel, Megan Fox, Chris O’Dowd and Melissa McCarthy, and you can consider us intrigued.
When we caught up with Apatow back in January, he explained to us why he chose to bring back the same actors — including his two daughters with Mann — for this new movie.
“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.
“This Is 40” is due in theaters on December 21.