Written January 26, 2015
We have waited a month for this movie to come into theatres. Loved similar films - Knocked Up, etc. Unfortunately, little time spent on the humor of married life in your 40s and more time spent on their depressing and sometimes bizarre family scenarios (really a house THAT well decorated and they can't afford the house?).
Expected so much more...disappointed.
Written December 25, 2014
My wife and I laughed at and connected with this movie. Shows the beauty of marriage - all the highs, lows, fears, foibles and each emotion in between. The acting is good, the setups realistic, and the laughs spaced well. I never felt the movie dragged - good flow for over two hours. I believe we will watch this movie every time we are having a rough patch :)
Written February 01, 2015
"This is 40" has a great cast and lots of one-liners and after 20, then 30, then 40 minutes of no plot development, we had a growing sens of unease that this movie was going nowhere slowly (2:20 of slow). And that is exactly what it did until we walked out. As for friends who went with us but sat elsewhere in the theatre, they were grumpy we didn't tell them we were walking out as they would have joined us – and demanded their money back. Bottom line: Boring. Plotless. Joyless.
Director Apatow edited the January Vanity Fair issue (which is brilliant). This is not brilliant. This is an awkward comedy that misses its mark the way a lot of SNL comedies are "amusing" but not actually funny.
Written February 01, 2015
Some films are not worthy of the mental gymnastics to critique, or discuss; cutting to the chase, this is a prime example of directorship/writing (Judd Apatow) gone rogue!
I remember 40; it’s been awhile but having limber retentive skills I can reminisce about the “times of yesteryear”; when marriage, children, merited respect, civility and a modicum of maturity, or at least the pretence of adulthood...
In this horrific scenario “Debbie” (Leslie Mann) and “Pete” (Paul Rudd) are children from Hades, cloaked in grown- up facades; their marriage is a sham; existing on primal instincts. Their daughters, “Sadie” (Maude Apatow) and “Charlotte” (Iris Aptow) listen to their foul-mouthed fights and naturally mimic the cacophony of vituperative verbalization...
If “This is 40”, it’s terrifying!
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Written May 25, 2015
It was funny and I need a good laugh - but also has a serious edge which I also enjoyed. Stay for the end credits for an extra chuckle.