If you loved Knocked Up you are going to be bowled over waiting this Christmas with the latest release This is 40.
This is 40 returns to the life of knocked up characters Debbie and Pete to see how they’re getting on years into their marriage. It seems the strain is growing as their marriage coast over some rough tides and financial problems. Expect the same tongue in cheek social commentary as we found in the first film.
Judd Apatow is the man behind the laughs. The American born director knows how to kick out the laughs as he is also responsible for hit TV show Freaks and Geeks, The 40 Year old Virgin and Funny People. In This is 40 Judd’s own children are back in the roles of Sadie and Charlotte.
Of course in the lead roles we still have Paul Rudd as Pete and Leslie Mann as Debbie. Paul Rudd made his break into the Hollywood comedy scene alongside Alicia Stone in the valley girl comedy Clueless. Since then he has appeared in plenty side splitting roles such as Anchorman, The 40 Year old Virgin and even the odd squeamish horror movie such as the remake of cult classic, Halloween.
You may recognize his costar Leslie Mann (who is also Judd Astows wife) and rightly named The Queen of Comedy by Judd himself, even though he may be a bit biased. She has appeared in many of Judd Astows films but has branched out into over starlet roles such as Camille in Perfume and as Robin Harris in Jim Carrey’s The Cable Guy. It seems Mann has concentrated her acting skills for the television rather than the silver screen by appearing in Orange County and Freaks and Geeks.
But what we all really want to know is will we get a glimpse into the lives of our favorite knocked up stars Ben and Allison? Sadly it seems not as they are happy off somewhere raising their baby. This is 40 is less a sequel and more a spin off story.
The year of 2012 has been a bit deserted when it comes to comedies. Let’s hope Christmas puts the smile back on our faces with the release of This is 40. The critics are already marking the movie as being a razor sharp romantic comedy guaranteed to keep you happy with a steady stream of laughs.
Its relatively simple to figure out whether you will enjoy this latest offering by the Astow family, basically if you hated Knocked up and couldn’t muster a smile for Funny People, it seems This is 40 isn’t going to push any buttons., However if you loved the characters of Paul and Debbie you will be over the moon with the full on farce of This is 40.
The tongue in cheek look at turning the big four o is set to hit cinema screens on December 21st so be sure to ask Santa for a cinema ticket and stuff a few laughs in your stocking.