Everywhere my pop-culture lenses look, Hollywood is feeling 40. From Megan’s surprise party for Don on Mad Men a few weeks back (zou bisou bisou!) to the recently released trailer for Judd Apatow’s second fortysomething comedy This Is 40. (One can only assume Apatow is working towards a complete trilogy). Tina Fey’s Bossypants, the crescendo of which has the 30 Rock creator and star grappling with what turning 40 means in terms of motherhood and career — and whether or not she needs to immediately take her pants off when she gets home now — is still hovering near the top of the New York Times best-seller list.
Then again, having just turned the big four-oh myself, maybe it’s just me?
“It’s sort of like when you buy a new car and then you suddenly start to notice all the cars are similar to yours,” says Bridesmaids director Paul Feig of turning 40. “And you go, ‘Wow, we all bought the same car!'”
When Paul Feig was staring down 40, Freaks and Geeks — the cult-favorite TV show he created and was executive produced by Apatow — had already been cancelled (prematurely, it should be noted), and he made a conscious decision to do away with childish things and begin viewing life through the eyes of a full-fledged adult. (Granted, an adult who would years later win the hearts of America with a movie in which a woman poops in a sink.) READ FULL STORY