Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann are just in time to bring laughter this holiday season in the movie, This Is 40. This new comedy came out in theaters last Friday, December 21st 2012 and is a sort-of-spin-off of Knocked Up. This Is 40 is written and directed by Judd Apatow and revolves around the story of Debbie and Pete as they struggle with family life and the pressure of getting old. The film also stars Jason Segel, Megan Fox and Chris O’Dowd. Check out the movie review for This Is 40 below:
“This Is 40: A New Comedy From Judd Apatow
Judd Apatow is not a disciplined artist.
And that’s a good thing.
A more rigorously formal filmmaker would write and rewrite a script to within an inch of its life, carefully preplan and storyboard every shot, go through a few table reads with the actors — and then make the movie he’d planned to make all along.
Apatow, though, often seems to be winging it. His scripts sometimes seem more like suggestions for actors who madly improvise. The camera tries to catch what it can while the editing strives, desperately, to make sense of it later.
And it’s only then that the real movie emerges.
There is a downside to that process, too, and it crops up in “This Is 40″ in the same way it did in Apatow’s “Funny People,” or “Knocked Up,” or “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.” The movie is too long. A major subplot is forgotten. Some of the editing is clunky.
But the upside – real performances from a cast of constant collaborators, wildly raunchy dialogue that has you red-faced with either embarrassment or laughter – more than makes up for it.
Apatow tends to overstuff his films with supporting characters, and two of the ones who showed up in “Knocked Up” – his most controlled comedy – were Pete and Debbie, the sister and brother-in-law of Katherine Heigl’s character, and one of her best arguments for why she never wanted to get married.
Heigl doesn’t return in “This Is 40″ – not surprising considering she later dissed “Knocked Up” as sexist. But Pete and Debbie are back, played again by Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann. They’re still fighting, and still in love – but also older, and that’s complicating everything.
She is in deep denial, still holding on to the myth of 38 two years after the fact, and terrified of becoming middle-aged. And he is mired in even deeper self-deception, refusing to admit that debts are mounting, and his indie-record-label is foundering.
Stated as calmly and coldly as that, it sounds like the synopsis for a bleak drama.
In Apatow’s hands, though, it becomes something else – a comedy, yes, but also a slice of life. His characters are absurd, obscene, annoying – but also very real, and very, very raw. (Although, while Apatow still can’t resist a good, or bad, bathroom joke, this may be the first of his farces not to go full-frontal.)
It helps too that, as usual, the filmmaker uses old collaborators – Rudd, Jason Segel, Melissa McCarthy – he’s worked with before. And that he’s brought new people into the fold, including John Lithgow (perfect as Mann’s uptight father) and Albert Brooks, a stand-out as Rudd’s mooching dad.”
The rest of the review can be read at Newark Star-Ledger
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