Excerpt: In This Is 40, Pete and Debbie are a married couple, two characters resurrected from Knocked Up, another Judd Apatow comedy from six years ago. Played by Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann, respectively, both are now crossing that milestone age of the big four-oh.
REVIEW: Apatow Grows Up, Takes A Step Back With Messy 'This Is 40'
5 April 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...
Excerpt: The Film Five years after Judd Apatow struck cinematic gold with Knocked Up , the director is revisting some of the film's characters. However, This Is 40 doesn't check in with its predecessor's main focus to see how parenthood is treating the odd on-screen couple.
Conclusion: '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,...
Conclusion: This Is 40 is a mashup of a classic perils-of-family-life comedy you'd expect from a seasoned director -- bitingly funny yet frighteningly familiar -- and the kind of uneven, over-indulgent comedy struggling first-time indie filmmakers try to crank out before cutting their teeth.
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.