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This Is 40

By EMILY JENSEN
Judd Apatow’s latest undertaking revisits Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann), the churlish yet lovable couple first introduced in Knocked Up. The story picks up a few years after that rom-com, and though its tagline suggests otherwise, This Is 40 is not even “sort of” a sequel. Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl are nowhere to be found, nor is there any mention of their characters. The hilariously fiery dynamic between Pete and Debbie, however, is here in full force. Pete and Debbie are turning 40 within a week of each other, and both make the middle-aged years look absolutely terrifying. Their lives are a depressing stew of resentment, regret and unfulfilling sex, all conveyed through sarcastic hyperbole. Pete, on the verge of losing his record label, spends his days cowering on the toilet, playing Words With Friends on his iPad, until Debbie inevitably sniffs him out and swoops in to blast him with a round of emotional blackmail. They spend much of their time fantasizing about one another’s demise. Though Apatow’s souped-up potty humor and fantastic cast keep the laughs coming from start to finish, This Is 40 at times frustrates in its insistence to be, well, just a movie about turning 40. The plot does not extend any further than that. But it’s still worth a watch: Apatow brings us close enough to Pete and Debbie that anyone can see a piece of themselves in their choppy love life. It may not work out so happily for everyone, but damn if This Is 40 doesn’t make it seem possible.
 
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Running Time: 134 minutes
  • Release Date: Friday, December 21, 2012
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: R [ Crude Humor, Pervasive Language, Sexual Content, Some Drug Material ]
  • Critic's Score: B
  • Starring: Paul Rudd [Pete], Leslie Mann [Debbie], John Lithgow [Oliver], Megan Fox [Desi], Iris Apatow [Charlotte], Maude Apatow [Sadie], Chris O'Dowd [Ronnie], Jason Segel [Jason], Melissa McCarthy [Catherine], Graham Parker [Himself], Albert Brooks [Larry], Charlyne Yi [Jodi], Robert Smigel [Barry], Annie Mumolo [Barb], Lena Dunham [Cat]
  • Directed by: Judd Apatow [Director], Judd Apatow [Screenwriter], Judd Apatow [Producer], Barry Mendel [Producer], Clayton Townsend [Producer], Paula Pell [Executive Producer], Phedon Papamichael [Cinematographer], Jefferson Sage [Production Design], Brent White [Film Editor], Jay Deuby [Film Editor], David Bertman [Film Editor], Leesa Evans [Costume Designer], Jon Brion [Original Music], Leslie Pope [Set Decoration], Andrew Cahn [Art Director], Allison Jones [Casting]
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