This is 40
by Tony Medley
For me, going to
see a Judd Apatow movie is a mixed bag. Because they are generally so
tasteless and profane, it is generally agony to sit through them. On the
bright side it's always easy to write a review when I don't like a
What a surprise!
While it is still profane, and sometimes tasteless and juvenile, it is
brilliantly written by Apatow, who also directed and produced, and
comedically captures the lives of a couple entering midlife.
While it is
advertised as a sequel to Knocked Up, one of the few Apatow
movies I liked, it is a sequel only in that it follows the two
subordinate characters out of knocked Up, not the stars of that
Pete (Paul Rudd)
and Debbie (Leslie Mann) are both approaching their 40th birthdays. They
have two children Sadie and Iris (played by the two daughters of Mann
and Apatow, Maude
and Iris Apatow). The Apatow children seem to have bright futures in
front of them as actresses because their performances are spot on.
among the four of them is funny, sometimes hilarious, and sometimes
poignant. Rudd and Mann give fine performances, but I thought Mann's
There is one
scene in particular that stood out for me, one that should be shown in
every law school for how to prepare a witness. Pete and Debbie are
called in front of the school principal because of something that
happened. The way they handle it is nothing short of brilliant.
On the downside,
Apatow still throws in childish scenes that would have been better left
out, like several of Pete the sitting on the toilet. I fail to see the
reason to show a character going to the bathroom in a movie. Everybody
in the movie drops F bombs, although not as many as in other Apatow
movies. And there are a couple of scenes of Debbie giving Pete oral sex.
But by and large
these do not destroy what is a funny, highly entertaining film.