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This Is 40: They're Calling It a Red Band Featurette Trailer. Two Out of Three Ain't Bad.

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | November 20, 2012 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | November 20, 2012 |

Every time I hear the name of this movie, I picture Leslie Mann dressed as a Spartan warrior and screaming the movie’s title as she kicks Miley Cyrus into a bottomless pit. Congratulations Gerard Butler, no one for the next fifty years will be able to say “this is” anything without screaming it whilst pit-kicking. It’s this generation’s “who you gonna call.”

So THIS. IS. 40. seems likes it has been in development for a lot longer than it has, but it keeps creeping towards an actual release date, and keeps kicking out entertaining videos for us to watch. Now they’ve decided to release a red band featurette trailer. Which I’ve taken to mean as a trailer interspersed with commentary from actors and directors and writers and such. You know, with tits.

Red band? That’s not even pink band. Saying that is red band is like saying that Fruit Loops commercials should be rated hard R. I’m not saying it is not fully entertaining, but red band raises certain expectations, which were clearly not met in this instance.

Okay, mislabeling issues aside, this looks solid. Except for the fact that I’ve seen so many trailers for it at this point, and now I’ve gotten to get the behind the scenes commentary on what it’s about and where it goes, that I feel like I’ve already seen the movie. Oh I can’t tell you everything that’s going to happen, I don’t mean I saw it yesterday, but it feels like a nice entertaining movie that I saw ten years ago once and remember the basic outline of.

Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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