This is 40 (2012) – Encore Review

“All of a sudden we’re a magnet of negativity. What did we do?” – Debbie

Number of Times Seen – 3 (30 Dec 2012, 17 Jul 2016 and 5 Nov 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – As they both come close to age pf 40, a couple begins to question their lives and their connections to family, friends and each other.

My Take on it – This is a great pseudo sequel to Knocked Up (2007) and they do a wonderful job continue the story of two supporting characters from that film.

Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann are perfect together as a couple and they have amazing chemistry together throughout.

The film is able to show a very interesting perspective on marriage, mid-life crisis and the multi-generational parental-child relationships.

The dialogue is quite poignant and is filled with humorous situations but in the end they still manage to keep things so realistic and engaging throughout.

The characters are flawed and that helps make them even more relatable to anyone watching their story unfold.

The film has a great supporting cast that includes Albert Brooks, John Lithgow, Melissa McCarthy along with many of the members of the Judd Apatow entourage like Jason Segal.

The various situations that this couple must deal with are very relatable and that helps keep things very entertaining to watch as the story unfolds.

The movie deals with the way relationships are formed and strengthened and is so much fun to watch.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Graham Parker’s involvement with the film came about when one of Judd Apatow’s friends mentioned to him that Parker had a blog and the most recent entry was about trying to get his music into films. The blog entry even had the sentence “Are you out there, Judd Apatow?” (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (no change from original review)


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