‘This is 40’ offers a glimpse into middle class middle age

This is 40Take a middle-aged couple, throw in two combative daughters, a troubled business, a mooch father and you’ve got Judd Apatow’s This is 40, which is relatable and funny.

Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debby (Leslie Mann) who we met inĀ  Knocked Up are turning 40, and just like they were the first time around, their relationship isn’t the smoothest. The movie sees them go through a tumultuous time (see above) and unlike most movies, it’s more of a window into the life.

While not my favourite Apatow movie, it has its bright spots like painting a realistic image of what people go through while trying to manage a family, careers and life in general. I have a few more years before I fully understand what they’re going through, but certain aspects, like the back-and-forth between Pete and Debby, or their relationships with their parents are stuff people of any age deal with.

There’s a solid supporting cast featuring Albert Brooks, Jason Segel, Chris O’Dowd and even Megan Fox. The most memorable for me, however, was by Melissa McCarthy as a parent of one of the students at Pete and Debby’s daughter Sadie’s (Maude Apatow) school. Her fiery arguments with Pete, then later with both parents in the Principal’s office were hi-larious. They even made it to the credits, which were made funnier when they showed Mann and Rudd trying to hold in their laughter as she goes on her rant.

I like Leslie Mann, even though she’s in everything Judd Apatow does. She’s funny, but one thing I found this time around is her whining schtick was a bit much, and I don’t see how she’s nominated for a Golden Globe. Her whining was was only outshone by her daughter Maude – I guess it runs in the family?

Overall I found the movie enjoyable and funny, but as mentioned, the constant complaining and whining gets a bit overdone at times. While I knew it wouldn’t be a straight up comedy, I’ll admit it made me stressed out toward the end which I appreciate because it’s always a bonus when a movie, let alone a Judd Apatow movie, hits you like that, but after a while it felt like force fed anxiety from the family’s issues. I give This is 40 a 3/5.

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