January 3, 2013 2 Comments
Directed by: Judd Apatow (his best movie is probably The 40-Year-Old Virgin, but I love a lot of his movies)
Written by: also Judd Apatow (again, 40-Year-Old Virgin was probably his greatest movie, but I also have a tonne of love for Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story)
Starring: Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jason Segel, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Martin Starr, Alan Tudyk, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Iris and Maude Apatow, Joanna Kerns, Harold Ramis, Ken Jeong, Loudon Wainwright III, and so many other little cameo performances. Probably my most tagged movie so far.
What it’s about: a schlubby loser guy gets a hot successful woman pregnant
B-Movie Alternate Title: The Fertilized Egg
What I liked: I’m a huge fan of Apatow’s writing, directing, and friendly manner. The last part is the most important because he tends to be able to use a lot of the same actors over and over in smaller parts because they just want to work with him again. He is basically a much more talented Kevin Smith before I outgrew him and he became a kinda sad douchebag. Apatow also gets so much funny stuff out of his actors because he seems to let them freely improvise. It is a genuinely funny movie that feels real and has so much heart. When I first watched it, I wanted to see a whole movie out of Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann’s characters, and now that This is 40 has been released, my wish has come true! I love seeing Paul Rudd in anything, you know. Also, loved Loudon Wainwright III’s score and soundtrack, some truly great songs on there.
What I disliked: The running time, and Judd’s somewhat self-indulgent filmmaking style. I mean, his wife and two daughters are in the movie, and yeah, they fit their parts perfectly, but there are beats throughout that I think were kept in because of his love of them, not the love of making an excellent movie. Also, despite it feeling “real” there were still aspects that didn’t seem too real, like the sex scenes between Rogen and Heigl. I’m sorry, but if your boobs are that big and – presumably – tremendous, well you’ll most likely end up topless. I realise that comment seems somewhat sexist, but it is the movies, and come on Katherine Heigl, if the movie really was sexist, your tits would have been out.
Would I recommend it to anyone?: Yes, it is a delightful movie, and were it not for the prevalence of fuck words and adult activity, I would suggest that it could even be a family film.
Rating: 4.5 / 5