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Comedy - Adult

This is 40 (2012)


Duration 2h 14m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story Two characters who made minor appearances in “Knocked Up”.
Director Judd Apatow
Writers/Script Judd Apatow
Starring Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Maude Apatow, Iris Apatow, Jason Segal, Megan Fox, Charlyne Yi, Chris O’Dowd, Lena Dunham, Albert Brooks,John Lithgow, Tatum O’Neal, Melissa McCarthy, Bill Hader

Elevator Pitch: Debbie is approaching 40 but is pretending to be 38; she is also a secret smoker. Pete her husband, the owner of an indie record label is a secret cupcake eater, and is giving his layabout father money. They have a just teenage daughter who is obsessed with “Lost” and also a younger daughter, both of whom are never off their phones. He drives a BMW, she a Lexus but the record label is losing money and someone has stolen $12,000 from her cloths shop. What else can go wrong?

Content. The couple argue incessantly, between themselves and with their daughters. The husband promotes a band which never sells any records, the wife investigates the loss of her money which involves going out with her attractive shop assistant to a night club.  The attractive assistant is seen in her underwear. The couple also argue with their respective fathers. The busband retreats to the lavatory for peace. They have sex once behind the door of the shower and the wife’s right breast is seen twice.

A View. Even the critics, who liked the first film they were in, did not think that this couple were worth a “sort-of” sequel. I did not like the first film anyway, so that tells you where I am. There are a number of cameos, the only one worth the time being that of Melissa McCarthy whose sweary interaction with the headmistress of the daughter’s school made me laugh. It was generally thought that about 30 minutes could have been cut without the mediocrity of the production being adversely affected. So not really a watch unless you really liked “Knocked Up”.

Additional Info: Leslie Mann (Debbie) is married to Judd Apatow and the daughters in the film are their daughters, so a small thumbs up for Paul Rudd for being able to work in the Apatow environment.


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