This deleted scene from Judd Apatow’s THE IS 40 may be the funniest scene filmed

This deleted scene from Judd Apatow’s THE IS 40 may be the funniest scene filmed


Judd Apatow’s THIS IS 40 is now playing across the country. I wasn’t that big of a fan after initially seeing it, but my second viewing (first was watching an Oscar screener at home, second was with an audience at a screening) was considerably better. I still contend it’s too long, like most Apatow fare. At two hours and 14 minutes (the reported running time) it feels closer to three hours, but there are some fun and relatable moments in there. Funny or Die has posted up a lengthy deleted scene, which features stars Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd, along with co-stars Robert Smigel and Annie Mumolo, in a dinner scene that I think might be the funniest bit filmed with the cast – and of course it’s not in the movie. There’s some heavy stuff here, how to make a marriage work, Deepak Chopra, anal sex, Judge Judy, and of course the always-classic poop joke… I chuckled pretty good at the handicapped stall section. It’s five and a half minutes of slow-building hilarity. I have to wonder how much of this was scripted and how much was improvised. I love Smigel, and already felt like there wasn’t enough of him in the movie, so this was fun to see. I should also note that while I can relate to the age bracket, I don’t have kids, so there’s a lot of this movie that’s just hard for me to connect with. You may feel differently. THIS IS 40 is now playing everywhere.

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Born and raised in Dallas, Mark has been a movie critic since 1994, with reviews featured in print, radio and National TV. In 2001 he started the Entertainment section of the Herorealm website, where he contributed film reviews and celebrity interviews until 2004. After three years of service there, he started, which has become one of the Dallas film community's leading information websites. Bigfanboy hosts several movie screenings in the Texas area, and works closely with film and TV studios and promotional partners to host exciting events and contests. The site also features a variety of rare celebrity and filmmaker interviews, and regularly covers the film festival circuit as well. In addition to Hollywood reporting, Mark has worked for many years as an advertising and sci-fi/comic book artist. Clients have included Lucasfilm Ltd., Topps Trading Cards, The Dallas Mavericks and The Dallas Stars. From 2002 until 2015 he managed the Dallas Comic Con, Sci-Fi Expo and Fan Days events in the DFW area. He currently catalogs rare comic books and movie memorabilia for Heritage Auctions, and runs the Dallas Comic Show conventions, but remains an avid moviegoer and cinema buff.