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#013 Judd Apatow: The 40-Year-Old Virgin vs. This Is 40

In today's episode Nate and Austin compare Judd Apatow's best and worst rated films, The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) and This Is 40 (2012), respectively. Listen as Austin and Nate spend more time talking about The Office than either of the two movies in this episode! Check back next Sunday at 7pm PST where we will compare Tim Burton's Big Fish (2003) and Planet of the Apes (2001), his best and worst rated films.

And check out this video of the 100 Best Moments in The Office, one of if not the favorite show of Nate and Austin:

This Is 40 Notes
Worst Rated
PLOT: Pete and Debbie are both about to turn 40, their kids hate each other, both of their businesses are failing, they're on the verge of losing their house, and their relationship is threatening to fall apart.
  • Ratings: IMDb 6.2 | RT 51% C / 50% A
  • Released: 2012
  • Director: Judd Apatow
  • Writer(s): Judd Apatow
  • Cinematographer: Phedon Papamichael (The Pursuit of Happyness, Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma)
  • Notable actors: Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Maude Apatow, Iris Apatow, Jason Segel, Annie Mumolo, Robert Smigel, Megan Fox, Charlyne Yi, Graham Parker, Michael Ian Black, Chris O'Dowd, Tim Bagley, Albert Brooks, John Lithgow, Melissa McCarthy
  • Budget: $35 million
  • Box office: $88.1 million
  • Fun Facts:
    • The main characters from "Knocked Up", Ben (Seth Rogen) and Alison (Katherine Heigl), do not appear in this "sort-of sequel", but references to both characters are made: A picture of Alison can be seen on the wall and Pete plays Scrabble on his iPad with Ben and later mentions getting marijuana cookies from Ben. Three other, more minor characters from Knocked Up, do appear in this movie as well: Charlyne Yi's character Jodi (an amiable stoner in Knocked up; now an employee in Debbie's store), Jason Segel's character Jason (one of Ben's best friends with a crush on Debbie in Knocked Up; now Debbie's personal trainer) and Tim Bagley reprises his role as OB/GYN Dr. Pellagrino.
    • The two girls playing Pete's & Debbie's children are actually the daughters of Leslie Mann & Judd Apatow.
    • The song Charlotte plays on the keyboard near the beginning of the movie is the theme song to The Office.
    • According to Judd Apatow on the DVD commentary, the man who Megan Fox hooks up with at the store is played by Bill Hader.
    • The young hockey player who chats up Debbie in the club is played by Wyatt Russell, son of Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell.

The 40-Year-Old Virgin Notes
Best Rated
PLOT: Goaded by his buddies, a nerdy guy who's never "done the deed" only finds the pressure mounting when he meets a single mother.
  • Ratings: IMDb 7.2 | RT 85% C / 84% A
  • Released: 2005
  • Director: Judd Apatow
  • Writer(s): Judd Apatow, Steve Carell
  • Cinematographer: Jack N. Green (Serenity, 50 First Dates, Hot Tub Time Machine)
  • Notable actors: Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd, Romany Malco, Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Leslie Mann, Jane Lynch, Kat Dennings, Jonah Hill, Mindy Kaling, Nancy Carell, Cedric Yarbrough, Kevin Hart
  • Budget: $26 million
  • Box office: $177.4 million
  • Fun Facts:
    • The scene where Andy has his chest hair removed required five cameras set up for the shot. Star Steve Carell's chest hair was actually ripped out in the scene. The actor had told director Judd Apatow just before shooting the scene: "It has to be real. It won't be as funny if it's mocked up or if it's special effect. You have to see that this is really happening." The scene had to be done in one shot.
    • The entire "You Know How I Know You're Gay" scene was improvised by Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen.
    • A lot of the movie was improvised while shooting.
    • According to Seth Rogen, Steve Carell was so nervous that the film would be shut down by the studio, he had the writers prepare a back-up version of the script that didn't contain a single word of profanity.
    • The counselor at the health clinic where Andy takes Marla is played by Steve Carell's real-life wife, Nancy Carell.
    • The "beautiful old Guatemalan love song" sung by Javier to Paula translates to: "When I clean my room / I can't find anything / Where are you going in such a hurry/ To the soccer game." Jane Lynch has told several interviewers that these "lyrics" were really a practice dialogue that she remembered from a high school Spanish class.
    • Jonah Hill got heatstroke filming the final dance number.

  Intro music by: Calm The Fuck Down (Broke For Free) / CC BY 3.0  

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