This is 40 (2012)



Can that suffice as a movie review? That one word sums it up nicely, I’m just saying.

Went in with my friend to watch this comedy, not really expecting it to be much of a comedy at all but was clearly proven wrong. There are those movies that are “comedies” but only make you half-laugh at certain points. You know what I mean. Not this movie. This is 40 has the whole audience laughing out loud throughout the entire movie. There were many moments where you just couldn’t stop laughing and there were great instances where the jokes kept on coming, one after another.

In This is 40, writer/director Judd Apatow takes another look at the lives of Pete and Debbie, the conflicted married couple featured in his 2007 hit, Knocked Up. Now, Pete (Paul Rudd) and Deb (Leslie Mann) find themselves facing the full spectrum of middle-aged angst – which includes trying to set a good example for their two daughters; dealing with the demands of their professional lives; and even having to confront certain realities about their own parents and upbringing.

Like most of Judd Apatow’s movies, This is 40 is pretty much spot-on with its insights. The thing is, these insights will most likely only be appreciated by a very specific sector of the viewing audience. Also like other Apatow works, the film feels long and slightly unfocused in its progression, offering a pastiche of skit-like scenes that vary in their effectiveness.

The acting. The cast. This is 40 wouldn’t be half as funny without the actors. Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, and Melissa McCarthy were all incredibly hilarious. A standing ovation is due for these 3 comedy stars.



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