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This is 40 (2012)



Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 206
Fresh: 106 | Rotten: 100

Judd Apatow definitely delivers funny and perceptive scenes in This is 40, even if they are buried in aimless self-indulgence.


Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 18

Judd Apatow definitely delivers funny and perceptive scenes in This is 40, even if they are buried in aimless self-indulgence.



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Writer/director/producer Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Funny People) brings audiences This Is 40, an original comedy that expands upon the story of Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) from the blockbuster hit Knocked Up as we see first-hand how they are dealing with their current state of life. -- (C) Universal



Mar 22, 2013


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However irritating 'This Is 40' is at times, there's a warmth that wins you over, and an honesty about families.

February 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Apparently Apatow's penchant for if-it's-not-broke filmmaking isn't changing anytime soon. And it's a shame, because while This is 40 has plenty of laughs, it lacks decency and heart.

December 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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The performers are so likable that you stay with them even when, as is often the case, the material is hit-or-miss.

December 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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Judd Apatow is not a disciplined artist. And that's a good thing.

December 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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"This Is 40" tends to be about the self-inflicted problems of spoiled upper-middle class white people. Which can be sort of funny, sure. Sort of.

December 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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No one could be as whiny, spoiled, tasteless, combative and reliant on annoying stand-up comedy riffs as the entire cast of this film, the most disappointing one of the year.

December 21, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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If this is what 40 is like, someone needs a reality check.

December 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

You get the impression this should have been called Here Are Some Things That Judd Apatow Is Thinking About Right Now, In No Particular Order.

July 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Twitch

For Apatow to get to the point where Oscar voters start taking notice, he needs to start acting more like he's 40, not 14.

May 13, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

...a collection of demos, obviously inessential but interesting to the cultists.

April 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The most satisfying example yet of why Judd Apatow's become such a formidable comedy brand in recent years.

April 1, 2013 Full Review Source:

Apatow dips a toe into mature waters, and remembers to bring along the laughs

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

I do not find fault with these characters as I believe they accurately reflect our so-called post-modern times and they deserve to be laughed at.

March 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemania

This Is 40 (40 minutes too long, that is) is getting at something, but it doesn't get there by 40 miles-not more than 40 people outside L.A. will understand it. This is not a refinement of the frat-pack comedy as much as a tombstone for a subgenre.

March 19, 2013 Full Review Source: MetroActive

Watching This is 40 actually feels like aging, which isn't precisely a draw.

March 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Movies With Butter
Movies With Butter

This is funny?

February 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Bloomberg News
Bloomberg News

This Is 40 is in fact, within its limits, an honest, frank, often painful film about married life, bringing up children, dealing tactfully with difficult parents, getting older without necessarily getting wiser.

February 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

There are laughs, sure, with Brooks' unabashed moocher coming up with many of the film's best lines... but the overall results are distinctly patchy and at 133 minutes, the film is at least half an hour too long.

February 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

( ... ) underneath the brashness, there's a tender heart, with the children just being themselves amid adults who are still in love yet in danger of losing their way.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

It is, in its quieter way, more pointlessly indulgent than The Matrix Revolutions.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

This overlong comedy is so episodic that watching it is exactly like sitting through five episodes of a sitcom back-to-back. It's funny and enjoyable, with characters we enjoy watching, but they continually spiral back to where they started

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source:

There isn't enough story to float a TV sitcom; it simply consists of people bickering.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

Even an off-form Apatow is better than most and this entertains.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

It's a sitcom, then, with no real story or structure.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

This is 40 minutes too long.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Every scene feels like an airbrushed composite of dozens of rambling takes, and 133 minutes is drainingly long for a story this sitcom-slight.

February 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Audience Reviews for This is 40

Light-hearted parenting sitcom that is entertaining enough albeit cheesy in an American way.
December 21, 2013

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uninspiring comedy that keeps you waiting all movie just for a simple giggle!
September 29, 2013
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I found 'This Is 40' to be a funnier and far more enjoyable film than I had originally expected. One of the film's major highlights are the hysterical and smart performances of Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd as they make a lovely couple who both give plenty of great laughs; whether they're interacting with each other or with other supporting characters. Even Maude and Iris Apatow as the couple's children give those rare yet decent laughs. Ultimately, it's the situations the family are placed in that allow the audience to connect with Paul Rudd and/or Leslie Mann; whether its handling kids, dealing with finance issues, or just general arguments about their marriage. While the film is over 2 hours long, I personally only felt maybe one or two scenes were slightly dragged, but I still enjoyed every moment regardless. Judd Apatow has directed a bundle of films that I've majorly enjoyed, particularly 'The 40 Year Old Virgin'. In this case, 'This Is 40' is one of my most favored comedies to come out in recent years.
September 14, 2013
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An Anti-climactic look at what 40 isn't really like. Ok, so I liked the characters Pete and Debbie at first but their persona's never real stick, making the whole film a little hard to relate to or believe. The cameos go from good to bad, Chris O'Dowd being good and Melissa McCarthy being bad (I can't stand the woman). There is also too much ad libbing, I've said it before and no doubt I will say it again but Paul Rudd, as much as I like him, cannot and should not ad lib! John Lithgow and Albert Brooks are old school dependable and really help things but for every joke that makes you laugh there are 3 that don't.
September 9, 2013

Super Reviewer

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    1. Pete: Don't think about Lost today. Tomorrow: Lost. All day. I can't wait to hear about it. Jack? No way. Really? Right now, shower.
    2. Sadie: I don't make fun of your stupid Mad Men.
    3. Pete: First of all, I don't get worked up over Mad Men.
    4. Sadie: That's because Mad Men sucks.
    5. Pete: What Don Draper has gone through beats whatever Jack is running from on some island.
    6. Sadie: A bunch of people smoking in an office, it's stupid.
    7. Pete: You're getting me off topic. Please get dressed.
    – Submitted by Jean R (18 days ago)
    1. Charlotte: Can I watch Lost?
    2. Sadie: You can't handle Lost. It's too violent and you won't understand.
    3. Charlotte: If I don't understand it, why can't I handle it?
    4. Sadie: Because you're eight.
    5. Charlotte: I can handle it. I've seen a shark eat a guy on Shark Week.
    6. Sadie: Shark Week is fake.
    7. Charlotte: No, it's not.
    8. Sadie: All of it is reenactments.
    9. Charlotte: I know but they...
    10. Sadie: That's scary! You shouldn't be allowed to watch that.
    11. Charlotte: ...they show the reenactments but they actually happened.
    12. Sadie: It's going to give you nightmares.
    13. Charlotte: I can handle a nightmare. You're a nightmare every day for me.
    – Submitted by Jean R (18 days ago)
    1. Pete: I've been flushing as I go.
    2. Debbie: You're flushing as you go? Who takes a half hour to go to the bathroom?
    3. Pete: John Goodman. (Debbie grabs his iPad and leaves) Don't press Enter! I'm not sure I want to make that move!
    – Submitted by Jean R (18 days ago)
    1. Pete: One...a breeze. Two...brutal. Three...just put a bullet to my head. [views about raising kids]
    – Submitted by Olivia B (19 months ago)
    1. Larry: How do you call ebay?!
    – Submitted by Olivia B (19 months ago)
    1. Pete: Have you seen my starfish?
    – Submitted by Kaci V (19 months ago)
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