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I had the tremendous pleasure of seeing a special screening of the movie This Is 40 in Los Angeles. The film is both touching and hilarious, a combination that will leave you thinking and laughing about the film after you leave the theater. Director and writer Judd Apatow wanted to make a meltdown movie that had the family rebonding at the end.
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It’s been 5 years since we last saw couple Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) from Knocked Up. The movie starts with Debbie struggling with the fact that they’re both turning 40. Pete’s dealing with his own issues; trying to keep his record label afloat while also helping to support his dad and his new family.
Debbie is also having issues with her father, who has been busy with a new family of his own and has been distant from her family. Pete and Debbie’s kids, Charlotte (Iris Apatow) and Sadie (Maude Apatow) are also at odds with each other. Charlotte is trying to connect with her older sister and Sadie is consumed with watching all 6 seasons of Lost in just a few weeks, at times causing fits of crying and meltdowns.
There was one particular scene in the film where Paul Rudd was checking himself for hemorrhoids and Leslie Mann walks in. That has got to be the funniest thing I’ve ever seen in my life.
This Is 40, which comes out TODAY, is a must see film that may have you nodding in agreement and wondering where they hid the cameras at your house.
Q: Judd, how do you get inspired to write about your own life?
Apatow: When I start, I don’t really know what form it’s going to take, so I just started making notes, and I’ll just write out in lists of moments. And then, I’ll put them on cards and lay them out on a giant table, and then, slowly a story begins to reveal itself. So, I knew I wanted to talk about their birthday and the meltdown their having and they start doubting their marriage and doubting each other and things will just keep getting worse. I knew I wanted it to be a meltdown movie that would end with them rebonding.
Q: I think this film will ring true for a lot of families.
Mann: I’m happy about that. I’m happy that people can leave there feeling like they’re not the only ones going through some of those things and they don’t have to feel terrible about themselves after. When you go and watch movies where couples are perfect couples, which I hate, and then I leave the movie thinking that something’s terribly wrong with me, you can leave this movie feeling like you’re okay and something’s terribly wrong with Pete and Debbie.
Q: Was there anything that went too far that you decided to cut out?
Apatow: You know, Leslie usually pushes to go further. So, it’s not usually about me pushing them and them saying no, it’s usually Leslie saying, “I think I’d be topless in this scene, that would really show how vulnerable you are with your husband when you want to feel beautiful and you want to feel like there’s still some romance there, I should be topless.”
Q: So, Paul, when Leslie walks out with her boobs hanging out and her husband’s there, was that at all awkward in doing that scene?
Rudd: I think by that point, we had