This is 40 (quick movie review)

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:

before we get into spoiler country, here’s my score:  7.5 out of 10spoiler alert

  1. 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.
  2. 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…
  3. 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?
  4. 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.

post script:

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.

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Posted on December 29, 2012, in movie review and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Sorry Jamie i really wanted to like this movie- love Paul Rudd and Jason Segel- and I have to say I related to a lot of it (and I’m not even 40 yet!) but it was just too long (like most Apatow films, the man has never met a scene he wanted to edit) and the overall premise of a couple who is going broke yet can afford trips to Laguna, a catered birthday party, a Benz AND a Lexus???? Give me a break….

    • The length didn’t bother me (I was entertained by The Hobbit, which was a zillion years long, but I needed the bathroom the second it was over) This is 40 seems to be fairly polarizing movie. I agree with (and may have covered above) your criticisms. Jason Segel’s character is useless – he’s barely in the movie. It was kinda distracting (when he pops up at the party I remembering thinking, “Oh shit, it’s jason segel again!). but yeah, upper middle class white people and their made up problems – and yet, I still laughed. Anyway, I think it would have been a more compelling movie if they lost their house int he second act. if a movie has a beginning, a middle and an end, I tend to give it at least a 5, and this movie made me laugh several times, so 7.5 seems fair… could be generous, but i can’t kill a comedy that makes me laugh. but yeah, at this point, i’m not sure i need to see any more Apatow movies. if he’s just going to keep doing the same thing with the same actors telling similar stories with almost identical scenes… (the bike scene, the club scene, the hotel scene, the party scene…)

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