According to Rotten Tomatoes, only 50% of movie critics liked this This is 40, and I don’t think that’s a fair assessment.
But, in an effort to be fair with film reviewers, the movie does have problems, and I can see how they would take off for the following:
- Essentially, this movie is about upper middle class white people and their made up problems, which isn’t especially compelling. Oh, I’m so sorry you both own your own businesses and they aren’t going perfectly. That’s so sad. I’m sure most Americans sympathize with you as we work our way out of the Great Recession.
- It is, as advertised, a sort of sequel to Knocked Up, but it’s a bit too similar at times – both movies have the club scenes, the scenes in the hotel while they’re mangled on drugs, a fight at a birthday party…
- I know it’s a Judd Apatow movie, but did he need to lift the climatic bicycle scene from The 40 Year Old Virgin and drop it into this movie in the exact same place?
- Some of the characters are just useless – like Jason Segel’s Jason. no idea how his character served the movie.
Anyway, there’s lots of stuff like that, and I can see how that would not help the movie in terms of reviews. However, This is 40 is a comedy and it’s funny – very funny. This movie is packed with laughs and in the end, isn’t that what you want from a comedy? I say check it out – it’s more of the same from Apatow, but if you like his other flicks, you’ll most likely enjoy this one, too.
Why is Apatow into watching his wife hook up with another dude on camera? He seems to be really into that. And her boobs are out a few times, too… just seemed weird. And speaking of Leslie Mann’s boobs… nice boobs! Why is she hotter now than she’s ever been? It’s crazy. On the other hand, Robert Smigel looks like shit (or, like me), so I guess life has a way of balancing itself out.