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This is 40

MV5BNzQxMDQ1NjA4N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTE5MjQ3OA@@._V1_SX214_Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd, Maude Apatow, Iris Apatow, Jason Segel, Melissa McCathy, Megan Fox, Charlyne Yi, Graham Parker, John Lithgow

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.