Judd Apatow’s follow-up to 2009’s wildly successful Knocked Up, This is 40, is the continuing adventures of Pete and Debbie. It opens in the US this Friday, December 21 and will be soundly trounced by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. That’s not to say it’s not worth seeing, but who can compete with a movie that made $85 in its first domestic weekend?
“Writer/director/producer Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Funny People) brings audiences This Is 40, an original comedy that expands upon the story of Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) from the blockbuster hit Knocked Up as we see firsthand how they are dealing with their current state of life.”
Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann (Apatow’s wife and frequent muse) seem to have a genuine chemistry. They not only seem like a real long-time married couple, but I’ll buy them as representing the marital ennui and mid-life dissatisfaction of my generation, even if they are impossibly pretty.
This is 40 also stars Melissa McCarthy, Albert Brooks, John Lithgow, Megan Fox, Jason Segel, Chris O’Dowd, Lena Dunham, Charlyne Yi, Wyatt Russell with Mann and Apatow’s daughters Maud and Iris. It’s set for release in the US on this Friday December 21 and 14th February in the UK.