This is 40 trailer: Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann and Jason Segel reunite in the sort-of sequel

This is 40 trailer, starring Leslie Mann

It’s a slippery slope when it comes to trailers for comedies.  On one hand, you want to show the audience that your movie is funny and therefore, you want your trailer to be funny.  On the other hand, you don’t want to show all the funny scenes in the trailer and then end up disappointing the audience when they show up in theaters.  As for the first trailer for THIS IS 40, I felt it played more like a drama-comedy than a comedy-drama.  I was one of those that absolutely hated Judd Apatow’s FUNNY PEOPLE and for me, the tone of THIS IS 40 plays out a little like that.  That’s not to say it isn’t good, because it is, but it just doesn’t feel as funny as you might hope.

The film is, of course, a sort-of sequel to Apatow’s KNOCKED UP.  I like that they even said that in the trailer.  But this time, we follow the exploits of Pete and Debbie, a married couple with kids that has reached the dreaded 40.  Upon doing so, they decide to make some changes in their lives, and the lives of their daughters.  Hopefully, hilarity will ensue.  I can relate to the fear of turning 40, since I freaked out when I turned 30.  So there’s plenty of opportunity for the filmmakers to touch on some funny subjects.  Whether or not they succeed remains to be seen.

THIS IS FORTY also stars Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Megan Fox, Chris O’Dowd, Melissa McCarthy, John Lithgow, Charlyne Yi, Annie Mumolo, Albert Brooks and a brief cameo from Jason Segel.  And the people that put this trailer together are obviously aware that Jason Segel is extremely popular right now, so even though he’s supposedly just doing a cameo, he manages to take up a decent amount of time in the trailer.  THIS IS 40 hits theaters everywhere on December 21st, 2012.


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