This Is 40 (2012)
January 29, 2013 2 Comments
Directed by: Judd Apatow (I still think The 40-Year-Old Virgin is his best movie)
Written by: Apatow again
Starring: Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Maude Apatow, Iris Apatow, Jason Segel, Charlyne Yi, Megan Fox, Albert Brooks, John Lithgow, Lena Dunham, Chris O’Dowd, and featuring many more actors in smaller roles.
What it’s about: just like the poster says, a sort-of sequel to Knocked Up, about a married couple finding out what being 40-years-old (and not a virgin) is like
B-Movie Alternate Title: The 40-Year-Old Non-Virgins
Movie Mash Up: Pretty much a mix of all three of Apatow’s movies, 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up and Funny People
What I liked: Paul Rudd is in nearly every scene and that is fun and great and wonderful and everyone should love that because Paul Rudd that is why. I am a huge fan of Leslie Mann’s line deliveries, her whole acting, just the total package. She’s also a foxy lady. Speaking of foxy ladies, Megan Fox does what we hope she does in every movie (see the .gif at the end of the review), and less clothing on her is better, as well as less of her acting abilities. She was used the perfect amount. Great supporting cast with great roles. I wish Apatow would have picked a hockey team to use in the movie other than the Philadelphia Flyers, but at least it wasn’t the New York Rangers or Toronto Maple Leafs.
What I disliked: As with any fairly personal movie, the running time tends to trend a bit long. Apatow does love his stuff, and there could be a few trimmings made to make it a better overall movie. I don’t know if I really disliked Iris Apatow’s performance, as it felt “real” and not fake Hollywood, but it wasn’t great in the traditional sense. The movie tends to meander at times.
Would I recommend it to anyone?: Sort of. I thought it was great, but there are some audiences that it won’t play well for.
Rating: 4 /5