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Judd Apatow's This Is 40 stars Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann star as Pete and Debbie, the same married couple they played in Apatow's Knocked Up. As the movie opens, Debbie is turning 40 but tells everybody she's younger. She runs a small, boutique clothing store that's breaking even financially, while Pete manages a retro-minded indie-music label that's under serious financial strain just as they are trying to launch a new album by Graham Parker. Their money troubles are compounded by Pete's dad Larry (Albert Brooks), who continually hits up his son for cash because he has toddler triplets after an overly successful fertilization treatment with his younger second wife. Debbie has daddy issues as well. Her father (John Lithgow), an emotionally cold, highly successful surgeon, seems to want no part of his daughter's life, even though they meet for lunch occasionally after not talking to each other for a lengthy period of time. All of these people, along with Debbie's trainer, Pete's employees, and salesgirls from Debbie's boutique, arrive at the couple's beautiful home for a birthday party where all the familial wounds are opened.
More uncomfortable than funny.
ugh. relentless carping and nagging...but at least it wasn't gender-specific. NOT FUNNY. and too long. I should have heeded the reviews and skipped this one.
I'm ashamed to admit that I watched this. It was horrible!
The characters played by Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann are turning 40 at their marriage is at a cross roads. But the movie plays like a series of funny sketches organized around this central idea, rather than it being a real character arc. It's basically fight, make up, repeat cycle. That being said, some of the sketches are very funny and the whole cast including the supporting players are top notch.