Watch: The trailer for 'This is 40'
Welcome to This is 40 – written and directed by Judd Apatow, the guy who brought us Knocked Up. It's based on events from his real life, beginning with his real-life wife, Leslie Mann, who plays the wife of Paul Rudd. The couple have two daughters, which is also true of Apatow. It’s being billed as ‘the sort of sequel to Knocked Up’ because it stars the same couple, who were arguably the funniest aspect of that movie.
Look, we’re going to level with you – this trailer has some great moments - Paul Rudd is reliably funny (and Melissa McCarthy appears!) but overall, we’re worried, you guys. Apatow likes to lean heavily on bad TV sit-com stereotypes - you know, like the uptight, Type A wife who bosses around her slovenly, childish husband. And hey, maybe that truly reflects Apatow’s own life; maybe he really is that guy. But it can’t be all of his life, right? Because how on earth did a slovenly man-child make it as a major Hollywood player? And Apatow is a major Hollywood player – we wouldn’t have Anchorman, Bridesmaids or the TV series Girls without him because he produced all three. See? He’s capable of feminist-leaning greatness but then he off-sets it with this stuff. Ugh. We don’t know how to feel.