This Is 40 is a hilarious comedy that gives you a glimpse into the lives of a couple in their forties. Written and directed by comedy director Jud Apatow (Knocked Up, Bridesmaids, The 40 Year Old Virgin), the film stars comedy veterans Leslie Mann (Knocked Up), Paul Rudd (I Love You, Man, Knocked Up, Our Idiot Brother) and Jason Segal (How I Met Your Mother, Bad Teacher, Forgetting Sarah Marshall).
As they cope with being 40, having a family, and the day-to-day struggles that go hand in hand with growing up, this movie proves to be right in so many ways. It follows on as a spin-off from the film Knocked Up, showing Pete (Rudd) and Debbie (Mann) a few years later on, living with their two daughters Sadie (Maude Apatow) who is in the transition from a girl into a teenager and Charlotte (Iris Apatow) the youngest in the family, who only wants everyone to get along and stay young like her.
Pete owns a small record label, which is on the brink of having to close due to the lack of talent it is bringing in and Debbie owns a small boutique clothing store which is also losing money from a staff member. These combined with a few other money issues mean that the couple is on the brink of losing their home, which turns Pete and Debbie on each other. In order to overcome these issues, Debbie decides to write a list of changes that they need to make as a family in order to get themselves happy, and past their past misfortunes. The storyline leads you on a rollercoaster of issues and emotions, dealing with everyday problems that couples and families deal such as like the lack of privacy and mystery you have as you get older. It also deals with tough issues including parental abandonment and parents who expect too much.
All in all, the movie is a solid comedy with lots of laugh out loud moments throughout. The two daughters provide some comical scenes and Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd portray their 40 year old characters brilliantly.
For anyone who is or has been 40, or for anyone who has children, this is a must see.
I would give this movie a 4 out of 5.
If you liked ‘Knocked Up’ you are sure to love this too.