Pete and Debbie (Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann) reunite after first hooking up in Knocked-Up for a “sort of” sequel to that 2007 hilarious flick.
After years of marriage, Pete lives in a house of all females: wife Debbie and their two daughters, eight-year-old Charlotte (Iris Apatow) and 13-year-old Sadie (Maude Apatow). As he struggles to keep his record label afloat, he and Debbie must figure out how to forgive, forget and enjoy the rest of their lives…before they kill each other.
I had the pleasure of attending an advance screening of This is 40. Being 40-something, married, and a mother of two daughters, I couldn’t help but identify some with the main character in this movie. Though my husband and I don’t often argue, and I’ve never been tempted to lie about my age, I can certainly identify with the couple’s financial problems and the stress of parenting a thirteen year old girl in today’s modern world. Many of these scenes (word from word) – where as if I was watching my own life play out on the screen. Some how seeing another family threaten to take away electronics or to do the unthinkable – shut-off the WiFi, was incredibly entertaining to me. Seeing the outcome of the parents reading their daughter’s messages totally made me laugh out-loud and feel a whole lot better about my life. There were also a few hilarious scenes that I’m looking forward to my husband seeing. Being the one male in the house – he is sure to relate.
This is 40 is filled with an all star cast that each very much hold their own. Leslie Mann tackles several scenes that prove she is more than just funny. I’ve said this before, I’m a sucker for any movie featuring Paul Rudd, who is once again perfectly cast, but I have to say the hidden gem of the bunch is Melissa McCarthy. She doesn’t have much screen time, but the couple of scenes she is in, she totally steals. To steal from the likes of Paul Rudd, now that, in my opinion takes a lot of talent!
This movie is not for the easily offended! The language and subject matter are very mature. I did feel it was a bit on the long side, and felt a few scenes would have been better off left on the cutting room floor.
When I say “few” that is exactly what I mean, they’re few and far between – making This is 40 well worth seeing in the theater.
This is 40 opens nation wide 12/21/12.
Director: Judd Apatow
Writer: Judd Apatow
Stars: Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Maude Apatow, Iris Apatow, Jason Segel, Annie Mumolo, Albert Brooks, John Lithgow, and Megan Fox.