A few years since we met them in the Judd Apatow movie Knocked up, Peter and Debbie decide to make changes to their lives and have to then deal with the unexpected consequences.
Starring Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann (Judd Apatow‘s wife), as well as Maude Apatow and Iris Apatow (Apatow’s daughters), This is 40 is the ‘semi’ sequel that seemed like a good idea at the time. Anyone who has seen the movie trailer will have probably seen most of the funny moments, and there are some very funny moments, but there are also some not so serious moments and some moments that try to be funny that just don’t hit the mark.
This movie is more like Funny People than Knocked Up and perhaps that is where it falls down on the expectations of the viewer. There are more serious moments, and the storyline tends to drift to topics that just aren’t funny. It appears to be more of a commentary on mid life crisis rather than just looking at their life and finding it funny.
If you happen to be of similar age to Peter and Debbie it is easy to see some similarities between your life and theirs, but it isn’t enough to raise the movie up past the level of just OK. It’s a movie that is fun to watch but probably best rented or even kept until a wet Wednesday night on Netflix.