On the latest episode of his WTF podcast, comedian Marc Maron talks about his trip to a recent preview screening of "This Is 40" at the Soho Club in Los Angeles. He describes the "eclectic" group of people in attendance, including Pee-wee Herman, Andy Samberg, and Jon Favreau, and also describes the movie itself and what he thought of it. "This Is 40" doesn't open until December; to the best of my knowledge (and Google searching), this is the first review of the movie of any kind. Here's what Maron had to say:
"The movie was interesting because Judd basically made an autobiographical movie, with his wife [Leslie Mann] and his children [Maude and Iris Apatow], and a guy [Paul Rudd] playing him. That takes some big balls to do that; to watch another man make out with your wife and parent your children onscreen for two hours. And some of it was very revealing. There were some funny moments, there were some touching moments, there were some uncomforable moments. But it's a very personal movie."
Apatow has been a guest on WTF and an Apatow quote praising the show is the totality of the bio on the WTF Twitter page, so you might argue that Maron's comments are far from objective. He admits as much when he mentions that he sat next to Apatow at the screening and made sure he "didn't stifle any laughs" in order to be encouraging. "On some level," he adds later in the monologue, "as a friend, I'm thinking 'I hope this goes well for Judd.'"
But Maron also notes there were a lot of things he could relate to — and so, apparently, could Favreau, who shared his reaction with Maron after the screening as well. His three word review: "I'm living it."
"This Is 40" opens on December 21st.
Listen to WTF Episode #314 – Kliph Nesteroff.