Functioning as both a stand alone film, and a sort-of sequel/spin-off to Knocked Up, this is a look at the lives of married couple Pete and Debbie as they both turn 40, and struggle to deal with that fact, as well as re-evaluate their lives and relationship.
As far as plot goes, that's pretty much it. Two people wig out over being middle aged...and it goes on for 2 hours, 14 minutes.
If this film were like 95 minutes long, it would be a lot better. As it stands, it's an overlong, bloated, repetitive, meandering, and self indulgent slog through issues that hit a little too close to real life for comfort. I mean, Debbie and the kids are played By Apatow's real life wife and kids, so Rudd is basically just playing a Judd stand in. And considering Apatow's penchant for using real life as a basis for his stuff, this is just really awkward and uncomfortable.
Yeah, there is humor, and some of it is kinda blatantly funny, but a lot of this I couldn't really relate to. It's like it was made solely for its creator, and not really anyone else. Some of it is poignant and finely observed, but, as I said, it goes on for way too long, and is pretty tedious and boring after a while. It does pick up towards the end, but the middle is especially tough to get through.
The cast are fine, and their performances are decent, but I think that Apatow and his wife Leslie Mann need to take a cinematic break from one another for a while. Things are getting pretty stale here, and I honestly think in general that Apatow needs to change it up in general, and do something radically different in order to get his creative mojo back.
See it if you want, but, as a warning, if you didn't like Funny People, you'll probably not like this one, either, as they're similar, only that one had a real story and wasn't so tedious.