This Is 40

December 21st 2012
  • Comedy/Drama,
  • R,
  • 134 min,
  • Universal Pictures
  • Cast: Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jason Segel, Lena Dunham, Megan Fox, Chris O'Dowd, Melissa McCarthy, Charlyne Yi, Albert Brooks, John Lithgow, Maude Apatow, Ryan Lee, Annie Mumolo, Iris Apatow, Wyatt Russell, Phil Hendrie, Suzy Nakamura , Johnny Pemberton, Robert Smigel, Tom Everett, Tom Yi, Mackenzie Aladjem, Blake Garrett, Joanne Baron, Erica Vittina Phillips, Nicol Paone, Phil Burke, Ava Sambora
  • Director: Judd Apatow
  • Writer: Judd Apatow
  • Producers: Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel, Clayton Townsend
  • Co Producer: Paula Pell
  • Art Direction: Andrew Max Cahn
  • Casting: Allison Jones
  • Costume Design: Lessa Evans
  • D.O.P.: Phedon Papamichael
  • Editors: David L. Bertman, Jay Deuby, Brent White
  • Makeups: Amy Lederman, Viola Rock
  • Music: Jon Brion
  • Production Design: Jefferson Sage
  • Set Decoration: Leslie A. Pope


A spinoff of “Knocked Up” follows Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) and their up and down married life. “This is 40” picks up a few years after the last film, with Pete’s musical label in trouble, meaning Debbie’s dress shop – staffed by Megan Fox and Charylne Yi – becomes an essential part of the household income.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Los Angeles, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Sexual content, crude humor, pervasive language and some drug material
  • Production Companies: Apatow Productions, Forty Productions
  • Production Schedule: 20 September 2011 – December 2011

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2012 Guide Analysis: "Has the gild come off the Apatow lily? For the past few years Judd Apatow's name has dominated Hollywood studio comedy features and turned the actors under his wing into household names. It seemed for a while there you couldn't escape him, and his movies scored rave reviews and fairly consistent box-office - domestically anyway.

Yet his films haven't been without their problems. Common criticisms included bloated runtimes, ridiculous scenarios, women who talk like men, and a formula that switched back and forth between sentimental, heavy-handed morality and improv college boy vulgarity passing as 'humor'. Overseas critics and audiences have proven far less enamoured with his works, while even States-side his films have begun to slip with the likes of "Drillbit Taylor", "Year One", and his last directorial effort "Funny People" fizzling.

Now he returns to the director's chair with a more promising looking film about a couple entering their forties. It appears as if Apatow is opting out of the more dramatic turn he took with 'People' and is going back to the lighter laughs of his earlier work. Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann reprise their "Knocked Up" roles which now take center stage amidst a pretty amazing cast including Albert Brooks, John Lithgow, Megan Fox, Jason Segel and "Bridesmaids" duo Chris O'Dowd and Melissa McCarthy.

Set for a Christmas release, the hope here is Apatow can tighten in his excesses, be a bit more ruthless with his editing and be more grounded and believable with his setups. Hitting one's forties is something all of us have to face some day, so there's plenty of mileage to get out of this premise. I hope he makes full use of it."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 19 December 2012: France
  • 20 December 2012: Hungary
  • 21 December 2012: Bulgaria, Spain
  • 1 January 2013: Iceland
  • 14 February 2013: Australia, New Zealand, UK
  • 21 February 2013: Argentina, Denmark, Netherlands
  • 28 February 2013: Germany, Singapore
  • 1 March 2013: Norway, Sweden
  • 6 March 2013: Belgium
  • 22 March 2013: Turkey