Film Review: This is 40

| 17 January , 2013 | Reply

Directed/Written by: Judd Apatow
Starring: Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jason Segel, Megan Fox, Maude Apatow, Iris Apatow, Melissa McCarthy.
Sassi’s Star Rating: 4.5 / 5

It has been advertised as the ‘sort-of sequel’ to Knocked Up. This is a REAL family film and it’s an absolute classic. That humour you loved in Knocked Up is back and with a vengeance. What’s so great about it is it’s insensitive and real look at life through some clever comedy played by some complete experts in the field. I think the rawness and honesty of the film is accurately captured due to the dynamics of the people involved. It’s a family affair here with writer/director Judd Apatow as the father, Leslie Mann playing the mum, Debbie and their real life daughters Maude and Iris playing Sadie and Charlotte respectively.

Add Paul Rudd as Pete, the mid-life crisis and frustrated Dad and Jason Segel as a questionable fitness guru and the laughs are a plenty! Pete and Debbie are much older now and married after that original accidental pregnancy and they’re just entering their naughty 40’s. Both are not coping with the idea very well and struggling with the concept that they have reached this age. Time and two kids has taken its toll and they are having good days and bad days, but are the bad days outweighing the good ones?

Getting ready to party is a struggle for both of them as they fight to keep their youth with Debbie pretending she’s only 38 (perhaps counting the years backward?) and Pete trying to keep up with his buddies in the cycling crowd. In the meantime, their daughters are enduring the perils of sibling rivalry with Sadie being a teenager with all its hang-ups, including an acute obsession with watching episodes of Lost. Charlotte, being just that bit younger, is desperate to hang out with her sister, but it’s just not happening as Sadie has too much going on.

Knowing that there is a real family behind all of this makes me wonder how real it is? Autobiographical? It certainly makes for some hilarious scenes and congrats to Maude Apatow for a fantastic performance as a totally mixed up hormonal teenager, she rocks in this role and really plays it for all its worth. I think any parent will relate to this and especially have an understanding of what it’s like to be the parent of a child going through puberty.

My favourite scene has to be in the Principal’s office with both parents (Mann and Rudd) fighting it out with fellow parent Catherine (McCarthy) in a total shake down. This is too funny to even breathe, it was something that stayed with me long after the film. You have to stay at the end in order to see the bloopers because this scene is extended there and will have you cracking up.

If you are anywhere near 40 you’ll love this film and if you’re not, check it out ‘cause this is what’s coming. Blink and it’ll be here, get educated and see this film first though.

This is 40 and this is REAL! In cinemas now.

Love
Monique

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