This is 40 Reviews
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.
Good movie! This is a movie you should rent/watch on Netflix. The writing and direction are both good, but you need to pace yourself, take breaks, come back later after getting some air, because 2.5 hours is to long for a movie like this. This is 40 is one of those movies that you either get or don't get, there is no middle ground. Those who don't get will find it quite boring, irritating and too long, while those who do get it will enjoy saying that happens to me to. And this is the main point of this movie, nobody talks about personal problems in their lives to all the people around them and now we have the opportunity to look into a life of another couple and say we are so similar, identify with their problems and solutions with the ultimately satisfying experience that we are not alone and that the same stuff happens to most people, but they don't talk about it openly. One final note that I cannot avoid is the social critique of the couple featured in this movie. They are both rich, own their own businesses and a big house with enough money to indulge in risky financial moves, and from my perspective they act as two spoiled, adolescent brats without any regard for the future or their children. A true example of the new spoiled and overindulged middle class that somehow miraculously formed in the US. Take an average couple without money and give them a tenth of these guys have and they will be happy for the rest of their lives. But then again, these families exist and their problems are real for them, so its just all a matter of perspective.
Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann are excellent in their performances as the married couple, they returned to their characters since 2007's Knocked Up from supporting roles into leading roles. There are too many threads and nuances to discuss a good sample - but to mention just a few of the more hilarious and intriguing elements - John Lithgow is brilliant, and in a subdued and likable role we haven't seen from him before; Megan Fox and Charlyne Yi as the two surreal shop clerks are hilarious; Melissa McCarthy is raunchy and so funny and she will leave you gasping for air.
A special mention for actress Leslie Mann and director Judd Apatow's kids - they actually can act, and they were excellent in this film. They belonged in the film but because they added big-time in both the many comedy scenes they were in, but also in the movie's scattered drama moments. Very adorable kids, who blended into this movie effortlessly and definitely added to its charm.
Much in the vein of the tv show "Louie", This Is 40 is dark and bitter, and yet blisteringly hilarious. Perhaps, not so relatable to teens or those who've yet to experience these particular kinds of wedded bliss, but it's still a remarkably accurate satire of modern life and all it's ugliness. And while it's great at pointing out our faults, This Is 40 doesn't offer any solutions, even if it does wrap things up conveniently in the end. There is very little light at the end of this tunnel, so tread carefully.
The vacation sequence is wonderful - Pete and Deb reliving their stoned, pre-parent days, and realizing that if they just remember this moment, they don't need to fight. The scene in the principal's office with a belligerent Melissa McCarthy accusing them of harrassing her kid (which they did do) and they both baldly deny any wrongdoing on their part is a great show of loyalty despite them being in the midst of a fight. I also rather dig Megan Fox. She has no shame or pretension. She has no problem playing up her maneater persona. (She was also rather funny and coy on "Wedding Band.")
I liked Knocked Up, but I don't really think you can compare the two movies as they are dealing with a different stage of life (though this does go full circle by the end, won't say any more than that!). Pete and Debbie were a couple I always liked and I'm skating close to 40 myself, so I found a lot of this quite relatable. Some of it is over the top for laughs, and that's fine. All are really good here and well cast. I would say it is as good as Judd's previous and I look forward to owning this one on blu ray!