"This is 40"
Rated R. 2 hours, 13 minutes.
by Suzanne Hanover/Universal Pictures
Apatow, Maude Apatow, Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann in Universal
Pictures' "This is 40" - 2012
I heard that "This
is 40" was the sequel to "Knocked Up" so I was
very excited to see it. Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann reprise their
roles as Pete and Debbie from the previous film. The new movie
was released five years after 2007's "Knocked Up." Both
films were written and directed by Judd Apatow.
"This is 40"
reveals all of the trials and tribulations that goes along with
turning 40 years old. Debbie denies that she is the big 4-0 several
times through the film. Instead, she acts like she is still just
38. In addition, she has mood swings from her menopause. It opens
with a scene of the couple having sex in the shower.
Pete and Debbie's children
have now grown up. Sadie (played by Maude Apatow) is now 13 years
old while Charlotte (played by Iris Apatow) is now eight. Both
kids get into several verbal fights throughout the movie. Debbie
tries to punish them by taking away their electronic gadgets,
but it doesn't work.
Pete owns a struggling
record label known as Unfiltered Records. He was banking on the
success of musician Graham Parker, but the new album only sells
a few hundred copies.
Meanwhile, Debbie operates
a boutique clothing store. She has two employees, Desi (played
by Megan Fox) and Jodi (played by Charlyne Yi). After a while,
Debbie noticed that $12,000 went missing from her business and
she has to get to the bottom of it.
"Mike & Molly"
star Melissa McCarthy has a small role in this film. She stars
as Catherine, the parent of a boy who goes to school with Sadie.
Debbie got into a verbal fight with Catherine after noticing some
of her son's rude comments on Sadie's Facebook wall.
One thing I noticed
about this movie is how long it is. "This is 40" is
134 minutes long, making it five minutes longer than the previous
film. It is rated R for sexual content, crude humor, pervasive
language and some drug material. Scenes were filmed in and around
Los Angeles including Beverly Hills.
While this movie is
funny, I think it could have been better. Seth Rogen starred in
the original "Knocked Up," but he was absent from this
sequel. I think it would have been much more hilarious if he had
some sort of part in this one.
There were several
unanswered questions when the film ended. It didn't wrap up like
how most other movies do. That makes me believe there will probably
be another sequel in a few years from now.
by Universal Pictures
is 40" movie poster