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THIS IS 40: The first trailer for Judd Apatow’s latest film released

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.

As the trailer suggests, it turns out that the married couple survived the harrowing events of Knocked Up and in the aftermath, have turned 40 and are experiencing mid-life crises while raising their two daughters (played by Apatow’s real-life children).  It’s material ripe for his usual mix of raunchy/sweet moments and the teaser consists of those universal and cliche “growing older” experiences everyone seems to have (lying about age, bodies changing, accidentally touching the nipples of a fellow parent).

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.

About Tarun Shanker

After tragically losing his childhood innocence by watching Steven Seagal kick a man under a train in Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, Tarun emerged from the shadows to graduate from NYU with a degree in Film & English and become a mild-mannered New York City assistant by day and a vigilante writer of everything from Victorian-era fiction to Asian film criticism by night. You can find more of his work at