Debbie (Leslie Mann) and Pete (Paul Rudd) are both turning 40 during the same week. Debbie isn’t dealing with it quite as well as her husband. Pete is a typical guy. He bikes for exercise, but isn’t about eating cupcakes. Out of the sink. After he’s run water on them.
Debbie, on the other hand, is refusing to admit she’s 40. She is having a real midlife crisis. She decides that she and Pete need to change their ways if they’re going to make it out of their 40s. This means no more junk food for Pete and no more smoking for Debbie, among many other changes.
Dealing with this milestone puts a serious strain on their relationship, as they struggle to face the problems all married couples with kids deal with.
This is 40 is a sequel of sorts to Knocked Up, which is a sequel of sorts to The 40 Year Old Virgin. It’s a sequel in that the same actors play the same characters. That’s about where the ties end.
I love Paul Rudd. There haven’t been movies he’s been in that I haven’t enjoyed. His comedic timing is great. Leslie Mann is another favorite. Writer/director Judd Apatow is capable of producing top-tier comedies. Pineapple Express. Superbad. Anchorman. I even enjoyed Drillbit Taylor. There’s just something about this movie that left me empty. Not even Jason Segel or Megan Fox could save this movie.
The premise is fine enough. Even if it is a little played out. The whole undertone of This is 40 is just, well, uncomfortable. It reminds me of The Breakup. Both are movies with actors who have proven they can make hilarious movies. But the comedy just isn’t there. I found myself squirming in my seat watching it all play out on-screen. And it’s not in an “I can’t believe they just did that” way that some over the top comedies do it. It was more of an “I don’t want to sit through this.”
While it’s not a terrible movie, it is definitely one I would not sit through again. I don’t mind romantic comedies. Or dramatic films. Or even comedramas (comedies that mix in a fair share of drama). I just don’t like when a film is billed as a comedy when there is very little comedy in it.
Those of you who enjoyed The Breakup as a comedy will probably like This is 40. Personally, this is just a sub-genre that I don’t enjoy. My recommendation is to pass on this one. And hope there are no more “sequels” to the super funny 40 Year Old Virgin.