Friday, December 21, 2012
If I had realized the characters in Judd Apatow's This Is 40, were the same couple from Knocked Up, I would not have gone to see this movie. I hated Alison's (Katherine Heigl's) annoying, abrasive, argumentative sister and brother-in-law. My amnesia is not surprising considering Knocked Up is on my list of “never need to see again movies” - just did not see the funny.
|Lf to Rt: Maude, Iris Apatow, Leslie Mann, Judd Apatow|
While writer/director Judd Apatow set out to make a movie about his take on marriage, kids and being 40, starring his own wife (Mann) and children (scene stealers :Iris and Maude Apatow), filmed in the actual neighborhood where he lives - he emphatically denies ever having used Viagra, as Pete does in the opening scene in order to give Debbie better birthday sex.
I kinda think rather than having made Pete a former record executive, with a new label and Debbie a boutique owner, they might as well have gone all the way biographical and been a writer/director and actress. There's an unmistakable LA look and feel about the family and their home and they make far more pop-culture, movie/tv references than the average family does. Their money woes would have had to take a different turn; still, having them be in the industry would have added another layer of reality and emotional humor.
Of course if they'd done this, there wouldn't be a tie-in to create an amazing soundtrack: Including Paul Simon, Missy Elliot, Van Halen, The Pixies & More...
Fresh Air Weekend, (click to listen) where he discussed his love and loyalty for Segel and Rogan since Freaks and Geeks and the importance of mentors when starting out in this business.
Food Footnote: Rudd's characters has a 2 or more a day cupcake habit in the film, yet his toned physique doesn't show it. I would however believe Apatow could be harboring a cupcake monkey on his back.