Debbie and Pete are both turning 40, and both are having a bit of a hard time in life – trouble with their businesses, trouble with the kids, troubles with their dads, and trouble with their relationship. Debbie is difficult to please at the best of times, so has a hard time accepting turning 40. Pete has a better handle on it, but his birthday party is a disaster when some of their troubles come to the surface. Debbie’s quest to fix their lives has to be abandoned, but will they survive as a couple, and as a family?
Debbie and Pete and their kids are, of course, the characters from Knocked Up which is one of my favourite movies. After watching the trailers for This is 40, I waited with baited breath to finally see this Apatow flick. But what went wrong? It has Jason Segal, it has Paul Rudd, it has Megan Fox semi-naked! It wasn’t as good as I expected it to be and I was a little disappointed.
For some reason the film didn’t come together as expertly as it should have with Apatow’s guidance and so many good actors. However, there were still quite a few funny moments and I had did manage to have a few laughs. One saving grace was Melissa McCathy (Bridesmaids) in a very funny scene with Pete and Debbie in the principal’s office.
In the end, I couldn’t listen to any more of Pete and Debbie fighting – it became tiring. I would like to give this film another watch to see if it gets better, but for now it sits on the shelf with those films that are particularly mediocre.