REVIEW: Apatow Grows Up, Takes A Step Back With Messy 'This Is 40'
5 May 2013
Excerpt: This is 40 ends with a title card saying that it's "Based on characters created by Judd Apatow ." While this is true — the film's about Debbie ( Leslie Mann ) and Pete ( Paul Rudd ), who were supporting figures in Apatow's 2007 hit Knocked Up — it also feels like it might be more accurate for it to...
Summary: 'This Is 40' may be far from 2012's best comedy, but many aspects of it ring hysterically and brutally true. Writer-director Judd Apatow sprinkles plenty of lowbrow humor across his episodic screenplay, which celebrates the foibles of family life and intimate relationships with underlying warmth,...
Excerpt: Judd Apatow�s latest comedy drama, spun off from his 2007 hit Knocked Up , is a long and extremely bumpy ride across the well-worn turf of the mid-life crisis. Funny only in fits and starts, it is likely to infuriate and entertain in equal measure - those with low patience thresholds need not apply.
Excerpt: This is 40 actually reflects the conflicts and joys of ringing in the birthday in question if your name happens to be Judd Apatow. For the rest of us, it’s a passable comedy plagued by the usual Apatow potholes.
Excerpt: Ever since Judd Apatow made his debut as a writer-director in 2005 with The 40-Year-Old Virgin , the knock against his films has been that their more inspired moments are undercut by the overall bloat.