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Our review of This is 40:
KRISTIAN: The new film from Judd Apatow: This is 40…minutes too long. The story of a couple dealing with each other, their kids, relatives, and approaching middle age is at times funny and engaging. Unfortunately, it too often veers into a dramatic mess of arguments and unrelatable situations. Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann are fine as the leads who are both about to be on the other side of 40; their kids are running wild and their respective relatives continue to out a strain on their already tight budget. Judd Apatow is a very talented writer and director, and this is proven in the first 45 minutes of this film. But like a few of his other films, “This is 40” becomes too drawn-out and full of itself…this could have been a great 90-minute journey of two likable stars sharing their hectic life together. Instead it’s a dramedy that lasts so long one almost forgets why you enjoyed it in the first place.
SCORE: 2.5/5 SCHMOES
MARK: “This is 40” is the new Judd Apatow film about couples, marriage, kids, and a host of other things I’ve managed to avoid thus far in my life. Like most Apatow projects, “This is 40” combines elements of comedy and drama…and much like the lead characters concerned about the wrong side of 40, this movie teeters on the rough side of dramedy. There are big laughs however, most of them coming from Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann’s couple struggling with their relationship. But as a drama, the film introduces more characters that aren’t relatable nor sympathetic…it’s particularly disappointing to see two comedy legends like Albert Brooks and John Lithgow have their talents restrained by a story that refuses to have more fun. Overall this film did make me laugh and briefly contemplate my future, I only wish it could have maintained it’s focus on sweetness and
humor the rest of the time.
SCORE: 3/5 SCHMOES