January 1, 2013
If This is 40...
I love movies that have a realistic focus on family life. Families have crazy dynamics and this movie carries that well. For comedies like this it's refreshing to see fairly good cinematography too!
Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann co-star as Pete and Debbie and they have great chemistry on the screen. A believable couple who have problems...teched-out kids, mooching or absent parents, problems at work, and decisions that have to be made. There's a handful of recognizable faces and it's fun to see them all together. It's mostly realistic but with some grand overkill in the form of Melissa McCarthy ranting that's hilarious. (Be sure to sit through the first part of the credits!)
The brightest star is Apatow. Not enough directors can write and direct well. He's made a funny, heart-warming, and well crafted story that had potential to go overboard--but held in place by good direction. If this is 40, even with all the trouble, I'll take it.
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