A very real, hilarious movie that hits close to home for anyone living in one... (by mattsweeney1)
If you're looking for a goofy comedy like Pineapple Express or The 40 Year Old Virgin, then you may be thrown off with this film.This Is 40 is a much more mature, emotional, yet still continuously hilarious film. If you are a fan of Knocked Up and Funny People and enjoy very real life movies and situations that Apatow famously brought to the screen, then you will love This Is 40. The cast and music is also top notch as usual with any Apatow film along with the cinematography which is as real as the writing an acting...no distracting over cinematic effects, just very real and raw.Go see it <more>
now with the family and you won't be disappointed!
I and my lady friend are in our 70's, and still find the raunchiness of today's comedies, especially the language, a bit too much, but I have to admit, this Apatow movie made us laugh consistently, as did the audience at the theater we attended. The film seemed to have more in common with "I Love You, Man" than "Knocked Up". Paul Rudd and Jason Segel play similar characters to those they played in "Love You...". As reviewers stated, Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann play the characters they played in "Knocked Up", now reaching the age of 40, with two <more>
girls, played by Apatow's real life daughters. Like many modern marriages, they are sort of tired of each other, arguing and fighting a lot, but still connected and somewhat in love, and bonded from having children. What follows is a number of subplots, which are not unusual or extremely important, but they allow for some excellent comedic dialog and situations. Albert Brooks and John Lithgow are impressive in their supporting roles. Also some actors and musicians play themselves.In summary, I haven't laughed this much and stayed interested in any comedy since "It's Complicated". I find comedy the hardest type of movie to enjoy, as most are too broad or dependent on frenetic moments, rather than smart dialog and heartfelt emotions. This is really more a comedy-drama, than a straight comedy. I suspect few will agree with me when I say I enjoyed this more than "Silver Lining Playbook" which is critically acclaimed. I gave that an 8.5. This one I rated a 9.5, which rounds to 10. I just found this more enjoyable and interesting, and much funnier.
For god's sake people.... bitch, bitch, bitch. Let's see you make a movie..... I'm sure it would suck horribly.I give "This is 40" a 10 simply because I would watch it again.Anything featuring Paul Rudd and/or Leslie Mann is great. LOVED the soundtrack and all the cool little music cameos, especially the baby girl wearing the WEEN t-shirt. The Frank Black references are awesome. I guess the average person wouldn't appreciate these type of tasty little tidbits because they probably listen to crappy Top 40 music and have no idea about indie music. And I don't think <more>
the average person would relate to a couple who are both struggling, small business owners because most of the population punch a time-clock, slaving away at someone else's business.Anyways, I laughed throughout the movie and that is satisfying enough. The director's kids in the movie were great, so don't listen to the whiners complaining about these actors. Their acting was great and I think they will have bright futures if their parents can steer them away from the Child-Actor syndromes.It's worth seeing if you have a sense of humor and love these actors.
A quality comedy which is rare to find these days (by griaustiniss)
Wasn't expecting much before watching the movie, but was pleasantly surprised. Firstly and most importantly the comedy was not lame. The jokes were down to earth, made sense and made me laugh sincerely. This rarely happens with all those stupid comedies nowadays. Secondly - the topic and the storyline was so relevant in regards to relationships and families of our society. Though it is a comedy genre - but underneath that you can fell that the problems and situations that are being touched are important and worth thinking about. The performances by Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann and Maude Apatow <more>
- were amazing. Paul and Leslie were perfect, but also my respects to the youngest cast members, as they were convincing and did their part flawlessly.
Great movie! Very misleading trailers and marketing though... (by bopdog)
I went to this out of cinema desperation- had seen everything else. Based on the trailers and marketing I had seen, I expected a really dreary series of hopelessly frustrating "loser" situations- with men versus women venom dripping from every clichéd set-up.WRONG- I was pleasantly surprised to find I really enjoyed it. The trailers, it turns out, were grossly wrong, grossly misleading. Partly because of seeing director Judd Apatow on Craig Fegrguson the other night, and thinking he appeared kindly, intelligent, and funny, and partly due to a few good reviews, I chanced it. I am so <more>
glad I did.Truly, some of the characters' actions were annoying the Al Brooks character, for example , but I guess that is part of the reality and natural reflection aspect of the movie. "This is 40" is supposed to show a raw version, albeit through a funny telling,of how our lives really are kind of jokes in one way, but elastic and persevering in another.There are too many threads and nuances to discuss a good sample- but to mention just a few of the more hilarious and intriguing elements- John Lithgow- brilliant, and in a subdued and likable role we haven't seen from him before; Megan Fox and Charlyne Yi as the two surreal shop clerks- hilarious; Melissa McCarthy- raunchy and so funny her bit will leave you gasping for air; and what I assume are Apatow's two daughters- good actresses and very real, as families go.Lastly- I had not heard of Graham Parker- but have since looked him up online. You will applaud his dignified self-depreciating humor about himself. In real life he seems to be an aging rocker from the 1970s, well past his prime- who seems to continue to record low-selling records for oldsters who remember the old days ??? . Parker played exactly such a character in the movie- a past-his-prime rocker who isn't performing for money but for the joy of it and that's a good thing .Parker plays a music artist client of Paul Rudd's character, unable to sell more than a few hundred records of his newest release, and Rudd's investment, and part of the reason Rudd' character's business is failing. No cheap shots- all played straight... but that took a bit of confidence and humor on Parker's part. Well played!
Great Movie About Funny People Dealing WIth Life's Serious Things (by Superrrguy)
I've read the other reviews. Yes there are fart jokes and too many Apple products. Yes, the the people are arrogant and self centered and broken. Yes, Judd Apatow put his entire family in yet another movie. Yes, there is not plot and the story is kind of depressing and all over the place and there really isn't much reason to show Debbie's shop except to show Megan Fox in a bra... but if you like crude humor, this movie is exceptional at it.I have not laughed so much and so hard in a long time. This is a great movie about funny people dealing with life's serious things with <more>
lots of crude disgusting humor and it was awesome.
No plot--but very funny consistently: "humor porn" (by jimojimo)
First off--this is well worth seeing, it is consistently funny--and at times keel-over funny. However if you're looking for a meaningful plot that gets neatly wrapped up, that's not gonna happen. Like porn, the plot was just there as an excuse for the many 'money shots'--the consistently funny gags about typical 40ish couple's lives.Rudd's character is suffering a struggling business and also maybe a little of 'struggling business'--if you know what I mean . Mann's character has a business also, that is suffering. Their kids are dealing with various <more>
modern-kid issues--Facebook bullies, trying to devour entire seasons of "Lost" in a matter of days, etc. The parents fight, the kids fight, Rudd & Mann each have issues with their own parents--one with abandonment issues, the other with what might be the polar opposite of abandonment.And the gags and issues that arise, I can tell you, are all based in reality--it's a good composite of the issues that this demographic actually faces--only depicted with the cinematic equivalent of the "Photoshop saturation slider" cranked to 11. A special mention for Leslie Mann and Judd Apatow's kids--they actually can act, and they were excellent in this film. They belonged in the film--not 'becuase their daddy is the producer'--but because they added big-time in both the many comedy scenes they were in, but also in the movie's scattered drama moments. Very adorable kids, who blended into this movie effortlessly and definitely added to its charm.So that's the plot, and in the end, it leaves you with hope that things will get better, but never really pounds that point down and gift-wraps a sappy, happy ending, but it doesn't need to--the plot is just a vehicle to tow all of the gags with.And the gags, mini-skits, etc, are very funny, and very consistent--me, my wife, and most of the theater were laughing through the bulk of the film Stay for the ending credits--the blooper reel with Melissa McCarthy may be one of the funniest of the entire movie .So that's it--I give it a 8--well worth seeing in the theater, and when it comes out on DVD, I'll definitely rent it and see it again.
Judd Apatow is undoubtedly directly at the centre of the USA's comedy universe. Discovering and nurturing stars such as Seth Rogen, Jason Segel and Jonah Hill, and with movies like Superbad, Bridesmaids and Anchorman to his name, Apatow has earned the power to make movies about anything he wants, starring whoever he wants. And so we have This is 40, the fourth film that he has written, directed and produced after The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up and the far weaker Funny People . Starring his wife, Leslie Mann and two kids, Maude and Iris, and filmed on the Apatow's street, this is <more>
bordering on autobiographical- even Judd's 90 year old grandmother makes an appearance. The movie follows the story of Pete Paul Rudd, essentially playing Apatow and Debbie Mann , and their two kids, Charlotte and Sadie Maude and Iris Apatow who we met as supporting characters in Knocked Up, and whose marriage is flagging after 14 years. The story doesn't get any more complicated than that, really. Watching as this well-to-do family of four battles through a plethora of first world problems- they might have to move from their big house to a slightly smaller big house, children spending too much time on the ipad, etc- for two and a half hours sounds like it would be agonising and boring, and yet it isn't. The fact is that this film is so observant of the upper-middle class to which it's characters belong, so honest about the little, everyday struggles that they encounter, that it feels like it's real, and real is funny. Even with hilarious supporting characters played by Megan Fox, Melissa McCarthy, Jason Segel, Chris O'Dowd, Lena Dunham and Albert Brooks, the real stars here are the family of Apatows, who nail the nuances of inter-family relationships, with Maude Apatow putting in a particularly brilliant performance as over-dramatic older sister Sadie. This Is 40 has been unfairly criticised for over-dramatising the problems of a rich LA family, saying that the parents come across as mean and the kids as spoilt- but that analysis is shallow. This film goes deeper than that, the characters aren't upset because they're losing money, they're upset because their relationship is falling apart, that they have secrets in their marriage, that they can't be honest with each other. People seem repulsed by the fact that a comedy about the rich is trying to earn the audience's sympathy- but why not? Can a comedy only be emotional if it's about the poor? I was sure that films like Four Weddings and a Funeral and Lost In Translation had already proved that this wasn't the case. But just in case there was any doubt, This is 40 is here to do it again.
This is 40 directed and produced by Judd Apatow is funny, crude,hilarious and realistic. Leslie Mann as Debbie is attractive,happy,fun mother of 2 daughters Sadie and Charlotte her real life daughters Maude Apatow and Iris Apatow with husband Judd Apatow ,sexy wife of Pete Paul Rudd ,owner of a stores and a pleasant boss of sexy Megan Fox Desi and Charlyne Yi as Jodi Dr Park, House,MD . Pete is a typical male, does not care about health or being 40, eats cupcakes, cholesterol over 300, wants to have a successful record business and basically just happy being who he is and happy to have <more>
a fun wife and not so great daughters. Albert Brooks as Pete's father and John Lithgow as Debbie's father are good. Script is nice and enjoyed the whole movie. The whole episode about Facebook with Melissa McCarthy as Catherine , Debbie and Pete is hilarious. Judd Apatow's family is talented and Paul Rudd fit in very well.