This Is 40 [Blu-ray] (Sous-titres français) [Import]
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Director Judd Apatow gets the Zeitgeist just right in the low-key but truly funny comedy This Is 40. This Is 40 is billed as a "sort-of sequel" to Knocked Up and Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann star in both as a happily married couple. In This Is 40, both Pete (Rudd) and Debbie (Mann) turn 40, which sets off a small but irreversible midlife crisis for both. Luckily, the two have a pretty privileged and happy life. It's as though they don't even truly know how to have a midlife crisis, yet it's somehow expected. There are a lot of genuine laughs in This Is 40, many bordering on bad taste--but still hilarious. Pete's struggle with hemorrhoids is one of those movie jokes you know you shouldn't laugh at, but you do. The answer to the question "Will Pete and Debbie and their family still be cool as they get older?" is probably never at issue, but watching the two actors, who have tremendous chemistry, bounce off each other during their birthday week really is funny. Adding to the merriment is the stellar supporting cast, including Megan Fox, Graham Parker (yes, the rocker), Lena Dunham (Girls), Melissa McCarthy, Chris O'Dowd, and Albert Brooks, who truly elevate This Is 40 to a genius ensemble experience. If This Is 40, sign us up now! --A.T. Hurley --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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They are clearly a mixed couple as Pete likes classic rock while Debbie prefers Lady Gaga. They also have father issues, one is a stranger (John Lithgow) while the other needs a handout (Albert Brooks). Apatow also brings back his daughters Maude and Iris from "Knocked Up" to be Sadie and Charlotte again. I must say his daughters did a great job as a moody foul mouthed 11 year old and an 8 year old wise beyond her years who says to her sister, "You're no fun since your body got weird."
The humor is never really a side splitter such as when they are talking to each other as their counselor says they should talk to each other:
Paul: "When I apologize, that means you'll let it go and won't throw it back at me in the future?"
Debbie: "I don't do that and I will continue not to do that."
If you loved Apatow's other work, this one is in line with them: crudely humorous and pretentious masquerading as a meaningful statement on modern relationships.
Parental Guide: F-bomb, sex, nudity (Leslie Mann). Megan Fox bra/panties and bikini. Maybe as a rental.
In case you are watching "Lost" for the first time, this film includes the spoiler ending.
However I did like Leslie Mann's performance in the recent release The Other Woman, loved it in fact. And I heard some good comments about this movie, and Megan Fox is in it, which means at least there is someone well worth a good gawk.
I think there is something in a Judd Apatow movie to offend everyone so you bring a guest at your peril. My somewhat conservative friends were unimpressed with the crudity and profanity of Superbad, even though they did laugh their way through it. Bit of a double standard I think.
I notice that some people were offended at the bad language in this movie, although I tend not to notice that so much. However this movie had something his other comedies seemed to lack. Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann bring a certain authenticity as a married couple, they have a natural chemistry, and the conversations I found to be occasionally bantery yet realistic and natural as if drawn from real life. It's not like in Superbad or Knocked Up - insert crude joke or obnoxious comment here, although you cannot argue with the box office success of those movies.
I didn't have the belly laughs I sometimes get in a great comedy, and I won't say the humor was subtle by any means yet I did enjoy it. Leslie Mann has come into her own as an actress, and is there on merit at this point, not because she is married to the director. Likewise her two real life daughters Maude and Iris give great and quite natural performances in their roles.
As with great comic actors, they all get their 'bits' to do.Read more ›
The movie feels like a nice reunion with old friends. Judd Apatow's movies usually feel like that (to me at least, save for Funny People, which outstayed its welcome) and so "This is 40" goes back to the "Knocked up" characters of Debbie and Pete, who are both hitting the 40s but can't quite get a handle on things just yet. Professionally and personally, things aren't truly great. Pete's record company is going down and Debbie's business gets a few troubles of her own. The movie follows the formula of all romantic comedies, but by the time the ending arrives, SOME things aren't as resolved as they would have usually been in less well done movies.
As far as special features go, Judd Apatow delivers quite a few interesting documentaries, interviews, deleted scenes and more, but we're still far from the two-disc Funny People that had just about everything AND the kitchen sink... and then some.
If, like me, you were disappointed by Apatow's Funny People (I almost talked about this one more than the actual reviewed movie, but Adam Sandler didn't help so there you have it), "This is 40" actually turns up a lot of sincere laughs and emotions. If Apatow continues this way, I'm sold.
a few years later is a really frustrating movie. There are so many good moments, moments that are laugh out loud
funny, or touching and real, that you want to scream when it keeps sliding into over-cute, or pushing for laughs, or
cliché, or overly verbose, stopping to state literally what the audience has figured out long before.
I felt like Apatow's tendency to make comedies that last over 2 hours is starting to catch up with him. The film feels
needlessly padded. Every major storyline makes its point at least one more time than it needs to.
That said, this is still way better than most Hollywood films. There are a lot of strong performances and solid writing.
I appreciated how honest it is about how messy and hard life, marriage and families are. When it's good it's great. But
20 or 30 minutes shorter, with more focus and less falling into rim-shots, repeats and easy heart tugs and it could
have been a classic.
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My wife and I saw this movie on a date night, and we laughed so hard we cried!
I highly recommend it to couples near or in their forties that can laugh at... Read more
Paul Rudd fan so that really makes the movie for me but overall, it's just light escape entertainment.Published 10 months ago by gramma
This was one of the least funny "comedies" I've ever watched.Such a shame considering the stellar cast. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Sheila