Opening in theatres this Friday from director Judd Apatow and Apatow Productions comes a look at life when THIS IS 40.

This film tells the story of Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann). An average all American couple with a home, two kids Sadie (Maude Apatow) and Charlotte (Iris Apatow) who are coming up on the big 4-0.

Debbie is having a hard time and is already counting backwards as she takes care of the home, family and her boutique. She’s looking for something that’s missing. Peter runs his record company with buddy Ronnie (Chris O’Dowd) while also secretly financially supporting his father Larry (Albert Brooks). He too is looking for something that’s missing.

What’s missing is each other! The couple is so busy with life that they’ve forgotten each other. Its time to get back to basics – without killing each other.

FINAL WORD: Mann is her usual cute self as Debbie. Here is a woman who thinks things totally through but comes up with the same answer – it’s hard to change things that have gone on for a while unchecked. Her relationships seems to hang on by a threat and her teenage daughter rules the roost. That was kind of annoying actually.

Rudd has very funny moments or perhaps I think so because I knew someone just like that once. Things Debbie once found cute and charming in Rudd’s character are now not so much. Rudd delivers faithfully as he always does. He’s not a very forceful character but more is lead around by the nose ring.

Brooks offers moments of one-liners and that’s about all. With the Apatow girls in tow there isn’t the slightest hint of nepotism right? Didn’t much care for the character of Sadie and thought a stun gun would have been appropriate at certain moments. Charlotte played by the younger Irish Apatow is charming and very cute.

Other cast include: Jason Segal as Jason, Megan Fox as Desi, Charlyne Yi as Jodi, Annie Mumolo as Barb, Robert Smigel as Barry, and Graham Parker as Graham Parker.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give THIS IS 40 three tubs of popcorn out of five. If you are a fan of Apatow films then this is right up your alley. I give it a three because it’s not a bad film but there are moments where the scene seems to be going somewhere and then stalls. I know it seems like I didn’t care for the film but I did actually, but, like turning 40 it’s a mish mash of emotion that can’t truly be described apparently.

That being said the jokes are the same, the performances are funny at times but it seems the film spends most of its time trying to PROVE that being 40 is worse than a zombie apocalypse.

In the end – it’s a sort of sequel to KNOCKED UP.


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