I don’t want to say that I was disappointed by This Is 40, because I’m not a huge fan of Judd Apatow (though I did love The 40 Year Old Virgin). I will, however, say that I wasn’t as impressed with This Is 40 as I thought I would be, based on all the positive reviews.
Sure, I identified with a lot of the storyline, a lot of the bits, and most of the jokes. And yes, I laughed out loud a few times, in very short bursts of laughter. Was I rolling around crying with my sides hurting? No. But that’s not what Judd Apatow movies are all about — at least not for me. While surely funny, his movies have more heart than humor. I absolutely loved Funny People, despite not many people liking it.
Paul Rudd is his usual awkward, yet hilarious self. We don’t see anything new or ground breaking from him here, but we still get our typical laughs out of him.
Leslie Mann is great, as she always is. Just the right amount of “I’m funny” mixed in with “I’m a serious actress” to balance it all out, and not be too much of either.
Apatow’s kids, Maude and Iris, are growing into fine young actors. Which they should, since their dad’s been putting them in movies since they were tiny children. Maude, especially, is really becoming quite an actress, and stole a few scenes from those that she was acting with.
Overall I enjoyed This Is 40. I wouldn’t say it was the best movie I saw this year, not by a longshot. But it was still good for a few hours at the movies, laughing with those around you (even if the theater was mostly empty on Christmas Eve.)
The trailer for the new Judd Apatow comedy I Love You, Man hit the internet today, and it’s freakin’ hilarious. Jason Segel and Paul Rudd are pure comedy gold. Check it out below, you’ll laugh, I promise.
It’s called Get Him to the Greek and will also star Jonah Hill (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Superbad). Brand will be playing an out-of-control rock star who needs to be escorted to a show at the Greek Theater in L.A. More good news – Nicholas Stoller, who directed Sarah Marshall will also be involved. Throw in Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, and maybe even a cameo by Seth Rogen and I’ll be happy.
David Schwimmer, most famous for playing Ross on Friends, was recently interviewed for The Boston Globe and expressed his hatred of “slacker-hero” movies. Apparently, movies such as Knocked Up that feature “an unemployed, pot-smoking, overweight, lazy dude” are what’s dumbing down American movie-goers, according to Schwimmer.
He tells the Globe,
I just don’t get it. I don’t get why that idea is celebrated. Maybe it’s because it taps into a male fantasy, that “Oh, we never have to work! We can sit around when we’re 35, 40 years old, smoke pot with our buddies and try to [sleep with] girls.”
From that quote, it sounds like he’s taking a direct hit at any movie Judd Apatow makes. Of course, Apatow’s not the only one making slacker comedies, he’s just the hot ticket right now.
You can read the whole article, which goes into great detail on Schwimmer’s directorial debut Run Fat Boy Run, at Boston.com.
Judd Apatow officially disowned Drillbit Taylor in a press conference on Wednesday, March 19th. According to Rope of Silicon, Apatow received a producing credit on the film, but claims to have nothing to do with the movie creatively. The producing credit was, “just a courtesy.”
During the press conference Apatow explained his change of heart:
When I was originally pitched the concept I was told it would be funny and there would be plenty of senseless homeless man on high school bully violence. Unfortunately that is not what we got. On top of that there are no dick jokes and the word ‘f***’ isn’t uttered once. I mean, ‘f***’ is funny! This movie isn’t.
He then goes on to say,
However, Forgetting Sarah Marshall was all my idea and I wish Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller the best of luck. I am glad I could help them make such a great movie.
Apparently Judd Apatow has a similar sense of humor as myself. While the commercials for Drillbit Taylor have left me bored, I’ve been anxiously awaiting Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Incidentally, the tagline for Drillbit Taylor is “You Get What You Pay For.” Hmmm…indeed.
Taylor stars Owen Wilson and a bunch of unknowns and will be in theaters March 21st, 2008. Forgetting Sarah Marshall stars Jason Segel and Kristen Bell and will be in theaters April 18th, 2008.
Head over to Rope of Silicon to read about the studio’s reaction to Apatow’s statements.