First Image From Judd Apatow’s ‘Knocked-Up’ spin-off, ‘This Is Forty’
The LA Times has posted the first image from Judd Apatow’s ‘Knocked-Up’ spin-off, ‘This Is Forty’. According to The LA TImes ’This Is Forty’ “picks up with the family a few years after “Knocked Up.” Pete’s music label is struggling and Debbie’s vanity business, a dress shop staffed by the comely Desi (Megan Fox) and the awkward Jodi (Charlyne Yi), needs to help cover the household budget.” Leslie Mann and Judd Apatow’s real-life daughters, Maude and Iris Apatow, will be reprising their roles from ‘Knocked Up’ as well.
‘This Is Forty’ Opens December 21st, 2012 ( Just in time for the end of the world).
I used to be a die hard Judd Apatow fan and ‘Funny People’ pretty much killed that. If Apatow is going back to characters from his previous films, Pete and Debbie from ‘Knocked-Up’ are the most logical characters to see more from. They were easily the best thing in ‘Knocked-Up’, and Judd’s strengths as a storyteller come from his views on marriage. Hopefully Judd Apatow has learned to edit down his movies to a solid two hours runtime. ‘Funny People’ being close to three hours long was almost unbearable, and showed he still wasn’t confident in editing down his films. My other worry is that I do love me some Leslie Mann, but ‘Funny People’ and ‘The Change-Up’ were great examples of quality vs. quantity. She’s great in moderation, but with her being Judd Apatow’s wife, he might not be aware of that when it comes to the viewer. Either way, I’m curious to see if ‘Funny People’ was just a bad egg or if Judd Apatow still has it.
Directed by Jesse Peretz. Written by Evgenia Peretz and David Schisgall. Starring Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, Steve Coogan, and Rashida Jones.
Coming off of Sundance, Brother stars Rudd as a well intentioned but incredibly stupid man who depends on his family to get his act together. It’s a dramedy but the trailer desperately wishes it was a comedy. Where in lies the problem. They’re going to have a hell of time marketing this which will most likely lead to its failure. The cast is great but the trailer isn’t anything more then “meh” so I probably won’t be rushing to see it.