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“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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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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