Excerpt: It’s a stark autobiography and uncomfortable confession, where laughter is the casual byproduct of situation and personality (rather than the other way around) and dramatic beats ring painfully true.
Excerpt: Comedy producing/writing/directing juggernaut Judd Apatow shares his midlife crisis with Paul Rudd as his standin …and the irony may be that the film represents a midlife career crisis for the Apatow brand.
Excerpt: It suffers from some of the issues of Apatow’s previous films – namely lumpy, uneven pacing – and anyone who hasn’t been won over by his past films is unlikely to be won over by this one. However, it is still his best film yet.
Excerpt: Don’t be deceived by the fact that the trailers for “This is 40” open with footage from “Knocked Up.” Writer/director Judd Apatow is trying to make a more mature movie here. He hasn’t succeeded, but he is trying. “This is 40” is certainly his most ambitious movie to date. It’s also an overlong, self-indulgent and unfocused mess.
Excerpt: But aside from catching up with the wacky pair in their own spinoff movie, and with just a few years separating the two films, the film seems more like an expansion of the first movie rather than a separate film altogether.
Excerpt: There are a lot of imitators these days of the Judd Apatow esthetic he established in The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up. One of those copy cats is Apatow himself. In This Is 40, Apatow turns his sense of entitlement and self-appreciation into a bloated, barely-believable mess barely saved by its leads.
Excerpt: On its face, this is a big comedy very much in line with the Apatow oeuvre up to this point. But dig a little deeper, and you uncover humanity that will instantly resonate with anyone who is trying to raise a family in this modern culture.
Excerpt: This is 40 feels more like the hyperextended pilot episode of a premium TV drama than a movie. No one comes of age, stops the evil land developer or kisses in the rain. After the credits roll, life goes on. Sure, it will suck, but it will be just funny enough to make it all worthwhile.
Excerpt: Similar to Apatow’s other feature outings as a writer-director, This Is 40 is at its snappy best when it balances generous, almost riff-like comedic performances with sardonic observation into human relationships.