The trailer for Judd Apatow’s “sort-of spinoff” This is 40 has just been released and is ready to catch us up with the lives of Knocked Up’s memorable supporting couple, Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann), even though no one really asked Apatow for this and it’s one of those situations where it’s way too awkward to say anything about it now.
With the leisurely pacing and focus on the mundane, the trailer is a bit on the boring side, but also shows hints of a mature confidence. It’s too early to come to any conclusion though because comedy trailers are the most difficult to pull off and the material is probably better suited for a red-band version. Building on his last directorial effort, Funny People, Apatow seems to be steadily increasing the age of his intended audience as he grows older (somewhat resembling Kevin Smith’s path), while dispensing sage advice for his usual 20-something demographic. Because after all, it’s never too early to learn how to get a proper photo of one’s anus.
This is 40 is set to be released on December 21, 2012.